Monday, June 8, 2009

New Sociology database available through the end of June

From now until the end of this month, Reinhardt students, faculty and staff have access to a new database, Research Starters-Sociology, available on a trial basis from Ebsco Publishing. You can find our trial databases at the bottom of the left-hand side of the library home page.

Research Starters-Sociology is drawn from two other databases, SocIndex with Full Text and Academic Search Premier.

Have a paper due in Sociology, but have no idea where to begin? Research Starters is designed to do just what the name suggests. It provides a starting place for students' research. The articles are broken down into 26 categories, each containing 4 to 35 article topics. Categories include Educational Sociology, Family and Relationships, Social Issues & Public Policy, Race & Ethnicity, Research Methods and Sex, Gender & Sexuality, among others. Research Starters includes an abstract for each article, a list of keywords, an overview explaining the topic's relevance to sociology and possible applications. Many topics include differing opinions on the subject. There is a glossary of terms used in the article with which the student may not be familiar. Bibliographies and suggested readings can point the way to further research.

Again, this database is only available this month, so make use of it while you can! As always, please let us know if you find any of our trial databases particularly helpful.

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