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There are two primary types of articles that you need to search for a sociology paper. The first are peer-reviewed journal articles. The best databases for them are SocINDEX with Full Text and Academic Search Premier (EBSCO). Both of these can be searched by date, by author, by subject, by geographic terms, and by Keywords that the author of the article has chosen.

The best way to search in these or other databases is to go to the ADVANCED SEARCH option. This allows you to control your search terms and do a better, more controlled and in-depth search. Search by the author or subject or geographical term you find best. Combining them using the terms offered, AND, OR, and NOT, can narrow or widen your search depending upon the results you get.

There are times when a database will find the articles you are searching for in both PDF and HTML format. Always choose the PDF. Articles in any data-supported field -- such as sociology -- often have graphs and charts in them. HTML does not give you these in the format the author wants you to see them in

The other major type of article you will look for are Working Papers. These are papers that are being readied for submission to peer-reviewed journals and frequently are the most timely in their subject matter. These cannot be searched within either of the two databases above. To find them, go to SSRN (the Social Sciences Research Network). It does not have a very sophisticated search engine, but can searched by author, keyword and title.

If you’re searching a citation database, such as SocINDEX with Full Text or Academic Search Premier (EBSCO), you’ll need to see if the library subscribes to the journal the article you want is in. Open up another window to our homepage and click on our Journals link. Type in the title of the journal, click on the Search button and then click on the links (if any) listed below.

If we do not subscribe to the journal you’re looking for, use ILLiad to request the article

illiad For more information on ILLiad, and to set up your account, click here. Once your account is set up, you can automatically populate the article request form from EBSCO databases – just click on the illiad button button. From other databases, or from citations you find in printed sources, type in the information.