SOC 105: Finding Empirical Articles related to Sociology and Criminology
Distinguishing scholarly articles from non-scholarly sources (CSU Chico, Meriam Library)
To find empirical articles in Sociological Abstracts:
- Use the "Advanced Search" mode to enter your keywords and include terms from the Sociological Abstracts thesaurus such as:
- Case Studies
- Empirical Methods
- Grounded Theory
- Qualitative Methods
- Quantitative Methods
- On the left side of the results screen, under "Source Type," you may limit to "Scholarly Journals."
To find find empirical articles in PsycINFO:
- Type your keywords into the search boxes
- Scroll down the page to "Methodology," (in the right column) and select "Empirical Study"
- Click on the "Search" button
- On the "Results" page, you can filter by Publication Date and other limiters.
SOC 105: How do I structure my keyword search in the databases?
Boolean Searching in the Databases
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Tips on searching the databases
Here are some general tips on searching for articles for your report:
|Use keywords, not long search phrases||
Instead of searching for "What are the effects of mass incarceration on communities of color" look for specific keywords related to your topic
prisoner society re-entry, recidivism, race, acclimation, incarceration, mental health issues, depression
Use quotation marks (" ") to keep phrases together
Use AND to combine different keywords
|"prisoner society re-entry " "mass incarceration" "racial bias"|
|Use OR to combine similar/associated keywords||re-entry or re-integration|
|Look for ways to limit your search in the database||You can often limit by type of article (scholarly and peer-reviewed), year of publication, subject|