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Research Methods: How Do I?

Print and electronic resources for SOCI 211 with Kendra Schiffman, Spring 2018

Citation Formats

ASA - American Sociology Association

ASA Style Quick Guides by Trinity College (printable pdf)

Interlibrary Loan

Beloit College has access to over 1 million volumes outside of the building. Request materials (books, DVDs, articles) via the catalog using the Request Item through Interlibrary Loan button when not found in our catalog. More information

Cited Reference Searching

Footnotes and bibliographies take the researcher back to additional, previous sources.  Cited reference searches are the opposite, carrying the search forwar

Web of Science 

Change Basic Search to Cited Reference Search.   Enter the information for your known work to see which works have cited it later.  Search options include cited author, cited work, and cited year.

         

Citation Management Tools

Zotero

The most robust version of this tool operates a plug-in for the Firefox and Chrome browser.  The tool allows users to organize citations from databases and web browsing, store the library citations on a local hard drive, removable storage, or remote web page.  Stored citations can be added directly to papers and bibliographies using a plug-in for MS Word and OpenOffice. Paper Machines is a plug in for Zotero which allows you to visualize the data held within your profile using word clouds, topic modeling, phrase nets, and geoparsing.  

Evaluating Resources

The relevance and quality of a resource should be evaluated. Look for:

Authority of Authors - are they experts in the field? are they respected?
Scope of Content - does the text cover your needs?
Timeliness - is the time period covered relevant? has there been newer material published?