SO229 Sociological Research Design
Library Research Guide
Library instruction provided for Professor Gail Murphy-Geiss’ Block 3, 2009 class.
- Search the Tiger Catalog for books available in Tutt Library.
Try searching “college* or universit*” and “alcohol*”.
- Search Prospector for books available from academic and public libraries in Colorado. Materials can come in as few as 3 days.
- Search Google Books to identify books by words in the text.
Finding Journal Articles
Finding Journal Articles in Subject Specific Databases
Try searching a subject specific database from Sociology Databases for more articles from individual disciplines.
Finding Full Text Versions of Articles
When searching article indexing databases, sometimes the full text of the article you need is not provided to you by the database. Or you have identified a citation in a bibliography or footnote and need to find the full text. There are two ways of finding the full text of any article that you need.
- Check Find Journals to see if Tutt Library subscribes to an electronic version of your journal or magazine or if we own databases which may have your article in full text. Find Journals a.k.a Tutt Link a.k.a Full Text Online is available next to the citations in most of our databases and in GoogleScholar.
- Request an ILLiad/Interlibrary Loan of your article directly from your database (use button or hotlink) or log into ILLiad and fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request Form. (Articles can come in as few as 24-48 hours.) You must be registered with ILLiad for either method to work – see First Time User Registration for Interlibrary Loan.
Look through the Sociology Subject Guide to find databases with statistics useful for your “Doing Sociology” paper.
The most useful statistical databases for this class are:
GSS: General Social Survey
Large ongoing national survey. The version hosted on Berkeley creates tables and cross-tabulations based on variables you specify.
American FactFinder Data access and dissemination system that provides useful facts and information about your community, your economy, and your society. The system will find and retrieve the information you need from some of the Census Bureau’s largest data sets.
See also the list of Statistical databases available at Tutt Library.
Citing Your Sources
Style guide / American Sociological Association
HM569 .A54 2007 (1st Floor North-Ref Desk, 1st Floor North-Reference)
Managing Your Bibliography
Creating a Survey
Colorado College has a license for the survey creation software Survey Monkey. Passwords are available at the Tutt Library Reference Desk.
Contact Reference Desk, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., x6662, IM=tuttlibrarian
Contact Diane Westerfield, Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian/Liaison to Sociology and Career Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, x 6661, Tutt Library 208
Last revised, 11-03-10, dw. Based on K. Mrozek’s original page.