ERIC Number: ED211441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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Library Research Guide to Sociology. Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources. ("Library Research Guides" Series, No. 5).
McMillan, Patricia; Kennedy, James R., Jr.
One in a series, this guide takes the college student through the steps involved in a thorough, systematic research of any topic in sociology. Beginning with the basics, the guide covers selecting a topic, locating an authoritative summary of the topic, taking clear notes, and narrowing the topic. Subsequent chapters cover the use of general guides and indexes to reference sources and the use of card catalogs. One chapter discusses methods for evaluating books. For example, a book can probably be trusted if it appears on an authoritative, selective bibliography in the field such as "Blacks in America" by James McPerson. Book reviews which can be identified through sources such as "Book Review Digest" and "Social Sciences Citation Index" can be very helpful in evaluating material. Indexes which a student can use to locate current information on sociology topics are described. A wealth of information can be found through government documents. The bibliographic tools that provide access to government publications are examined. Sources of statistical data are described. In the field of sociology, there are several excellent dictionaries which may be helpful to the student. One example is Henry Fairchild's "Dictionary of Sociology." Guides to the literature of sociology are introduced. How to find what you need when your library does not have it is the final topic discussed. Appendices include a library knowledge test, a list of basic reference sources for courses in sociology, and guidelines to help students proceed with library research. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Card Catalogs, Guidelines, Higher Education, Indexes, Information Retrieval, Library Guides, Library Instruction, Library Skills, Reference Materials, Research Skills, Search Strategies, Social Science Research, Sociology, Student Research
Pierian Press, 5000 Washenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 ($5.95 paper copy).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Reference Materials - General; Collected Works - Serials
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