In order to find sources for your research paper, the best place to start is in a database.
Databases are collections of journals with searchable content to find articles on your topic. Most databases cover different topics and have different content. However, there can be some overlap. This guide suggests databases that are useful for sociology and sociology related topics.
To find an article:
1. Open the database
2. Use keywords to search for articles on your topic.
3. If you need a peer reviewed article, click the "peer reviewed" button. Often you will find this on the top or to the side of the results under Limiters.
4. Look through the results, evaluate your articles for:
5. Find articles that are worth reading and reviewing.
6. Start reading your articles!
This list, originally compiled by San Jose State University librarian Kathryn Blackmer-Reyes, includes common topics within social science. These make useful keywords when searching our databases. One way to help create your topic or research inquiry is to choose an approach from the first column and link it to one or two topics in the remaining columns.
|An analysis of...||Abortion||Gang violence||Racial profiling|
|A comparison between...||Affirmative action||Gay rights||Racism|
|The consequences of...||Age discrimination||Genetically modified food||Rape|
|The effectiveness of....||Addiction and substance abuse||Gentrification||Retail profiling|
|The efficacy of....||Animal rights||Global warming||Recycling and conservation|
|The impact of....||Birth control||Gun control||Right to work|
|Findings from....||Bulimia nervosa/Anorexia nervosa||Gun rights||Same-sex marriage|
|The relationship between...||Bullying||Hate crimes||Sex trade|
|A review of....||Campus crime||Hazing||Sexism|
|Capital punishment/Death penalty||Health care||Sexual harassment|
|Child abuse||Home foreclosures||Shopping while black|
|Child labor||Human trafficking||Single parenting|
|Classism||Hunger||Social media and privacy|
|Climate change||Immigration/immigrants||Spousal abuse/Intimate partner abuse|
|Cloning||Illiteracy||Steroid use in sports|
|Corporal punishment||Legalization of marijuana||Suicide|
|Cyber bullying||Mass murder||Sweat shops|
|Date rape||Mental health||Teen pregnancy|
|Domestic violence||Opiods||Union busting|
|Driving while black||Outsourcing jobs||Vigilantism|
|Eating disorders||Police brutality||Violence in schools|
|Education/Charter schools||Pollution||Voter disenfranchisement|
|Environmental pollution||Population growth||Voting rights restrictions|
|Equal pay||Poverty||Workplace violence|
|Euthanasia/Mercy killing/Assisted suicide||Prayer in school|
|Excessive force by law enforcement||Prisons/Sentencing|
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