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Guide for Sociology research topics to support the UNT community. Maintained by Lilly Ramin, Sociology Subject Librarian

Quick tips:

  • Keep in mind even great topics may be too broad and too narrow
  • Do not get discouraged - research is a process.
  • Unless you are doing field research you have to rely on already existing published research available to you, and not all items are available online. So again, you might have an awesome topic, but you are ahead of the enough existing research to complete your undergraduate research paper assignment.
  • Give yourself time for the research process, because you may need to change up your search terms based on the databases keyword preferences (Subject headings) or do multiple searches.
  • You can search for peer reviewed full text articles through UNT Libraries through:
    • Subject Specific Databases (one or more at a time - Like SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCO)
      • OR Databases aggregator (like EBSCO or ProQuest - check boxes of times
    • Online Articles (which searches multiple sources. Might be great for unique topics or super quick search across disciplines /majors for  supplementing research
      • Sociology Librarian recommended you also, or instead, start with the subject specific databases because you may get too many results and miss out on the quickest way to search discipline specific content

Sociology related Handouts, Tips and Tutorials

Searching for a specific source based on a citation.

Example: New York Times
1. In e-journals search page at UNT Libraries
2. In Discover - The UNT Library Catalog *

* Catalog is updated slightly less frequently that the e-journals page, but will include records of print holdings.

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