Intro to Sociology Handout

You can find the Intro to Sociology handout at our Libguides link. (While you’re there check out the rest of our Research Guides. Be sure to hit All Guides to see them all.)

Or, since I’m here, I might as well paste it into the post:

Sociology Resources @ Macdonald Kelce Library

How to access academic databases

The Macdonald Kelce Library offers numerous databases for your use, accessible from the library’s homepage ( In the left column under Resources, click on ESearch, and login with your Spartans Domain. You are now authenticated to use all of the UT databases, even if you are off campus.

Ebsco Databases
The following Ebsco databases specializing in Sociology Resources can be searched at the same time. Simply click on Academic Source Complete at the top of the Esearch page, click on choose databases, check the box next to SocIndex and Social Sciences Full Text, and click OK.

Other Databases:
Oxford Journals Full text articles in the social sciences (can limit search to social science journals).

Sage Premier (can limit search to social sciences and humanities, or sociology).

ProQuest Articles in the social sciences, humanities and more.

JSTOR Articles in sociology, philosophy, African American Studies, and more.

Project Muse Articles in cultural studies, sociology, political science, gender studies, and more.

How to access online sociology journals
In Ejournals, you can search by subject. First choose Social Sciences, and then you can select journals under Sociology and Social History.

Sociology subject portal
From the Library’s homepage (, under the Collections column, click on Subject Portals. You will find Sociology in the left column ( Here you will find links to databases, journals, websites, and books that are related to the field of Sociology.

Narrow your search for more relevant results
In most databases, you can limit your keywords to show up in the abstract or title, which will help you to find more relevant articles. You can also limit searches to full text only, or scholarly or peer reviewed articles.

Find related articles on a specific topic
Look at the subjects and keywords the databases use to tag an article. Many times, you will also see a list of keywords under the abstract of an article that the author has created, revealing the main concepts. Using these keywords in a search can help you to find related articles. Also, referring to a relevant article’s works cited page can be useful.

How to locate an article using a citation
Locate the journal title in the citation, and then go to the Ejournals Search (you must be logged into Esearch). This will enable you to see if the library owns the journal, and if so, what database the journal is held in, and for what date range. For example, to track down this article:

Martin, K. (1998). Becoming a gendered body: Practices of preschools. American Sociological Review, 63, 494-511.

Type in American Sociological Review into Ejournals to show these holdings:

from 02/01/1936 to 1 year ago in SocINDEX with Full Text
from 02/01/1936 to 12/31/2009 in JSTOR Arts & Sciences I Archive Collection
from 02/01/1988 to 1 year ago in ABI/INFORM Complete, ABI/INFORM Global, Nursing & Allied Health Source, ProQuest Research Library and Psychology Journals
from 02/01/2004 to present in SAGE Premier 2012

The publication year is 1998, so the SocIndex database should have this article. After clicking the link, the article can be located by year, and then volume (63), or by clicking on “search within this publication” and using the article title (“Becoming a gendered body…”) in the search box.

How to cite
The library has a webpage ( that provides several links to excellent resources on in-text citations and works cited pages. You’ll also find information on how to build a thesis statement, avoid plagiarism, outline your paper, and much more.

Refworks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool. It is designed to help researchers gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. Sign up for a free account on the Library’s website.

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