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SOC 101 - Desert Vista Introduction to Sociology (Young): Find Articles

The Anatomy of a Scholarly Article (from NCSU Libraries)

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

What are Peer-Reviewed Articles?

Need to use scholarly or peer-reviewed articles?  Watch the video below from Vanderbuilt University to learn about peer-reviewed articles.

Just an Example on How to Search for Articles Pertaining to Sociology

How to Locate a Scholarly Article in SocINDEX with Full Text …

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Scholarly and Sociology Article Databases

These are some of the recommended databases for finding full text, scholarly articles on topics related to sociology. 

Need Keywords?

After identifying your topic, begin selecting keywords to use in your research.

1. State your topic as a question. 

2. Identify keywords from your research question.

3. Identify synonyms for your keywords, as well as broader terms, narrower terms, and related terms that may help with your search.  It may help to use a thesaurus to find synonyms for your keywords. 

4. Use keywords and synonyms to find relevant books, articles, and websites about your topic.  As you read through articles and books, write down any additional related keywords that may be relevant to your topic.


Sample Research Question Keywords, synonyms, keywords
What are the psychological characteristics of athletes?
  • athlete psychological characteristics
  • psychology of athletes
  • athlete psychology
  • athletic mental health
  • sports psychology