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Introduction to Sociology - Titusville Campus: Getting Started

This guide will assist students in Dr. David Stump's SOC0010 class with their research.

Welcome!

This guide will assist you in developing your research topic and and subsequent papers that will be assigned in Dr. David Stump's Intoduction to Sociology (SOC 0010) class.

Sociology is the scientific study of human social relations or group life. Sociologists examine the ways in which social structures and institutions-such as class, family, community, and power and social problems influence society. This guide provides the core reference sources in Sociology but is not intended to be comprehensive. It also provides you with links to helpful websites and people.

If you need assistance in using this guide or locating additional research materials systemic to the study of Sociology, please ask at the Haskell Memorial Library's Information/Circulation Desk.

 

Herbert Spencer (1820-1903). The sociologist Herbert Spencer believed in the theory of Social Darwinism, which posed competition as the root of social progress. Steel engraving. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION

NOTE: You can click Print Page on any page of this research guide to print a copy of all resources and their URLs, where applicable.

The Research Process At-A-Glance

The following steps outline a simple and effective way for finding information for a research paper and citing the sources you find. 

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • State your topic/problem in the form of a question.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject within your question. 
  • Search subject oriented databases to locate journal articles.
  • Revise your topic, if necessary.
  • Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your journal articles carefully!
  • Decide which articles to include in your research paper. 
  • Cite the sources you find following MLA format.
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian.

The link below will help you refine your research topic.

Subject Guide

Marc Ross
Contact:
marcross@pitt.edu

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