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SSC 251 - Research Methods for Social Sciences: Home


Welcome to the SSC251 Libguide!

Many of the resources you will need to complete your Library Assignment are located on this page!  You can also access most of these resources on McGill Library's homepage.



Here's a worksheet that will help you as we work through the content on Friday.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan (or ILL) is a free service available to students.  It allows you to borrow materials that Westminster College does not own, including articles, books, DVDs, and more.   

Off Campus Access

All of the resources on this page are available from off campus. To access from off campus:

1. Click on the link you would like to access, and you will be directed to a Westminster log-in page. 

2. Type in your Westminster username and password (which will be the same as your Westminster e-mail log-in information). 

3. You will directed to the resource you would like to access. 

If you have questions or problems, please don't hesitate to let us know!

Phone: 724-946-6900


Getting Started

Finding and/or refining your topic is one of the trickiest parts of research.  The following resources are great places to get  started.  Using the following, you should be able to:

  • Get an idea of what kind of information, generally, is out there on your topic
  • Get some ideas about search terms and keywords for future searches
  • Find a few good bibliographies that will get you started on the research trail

Don't forget, research is an iterative process.  You'll likely have to continue refining your topic, your search terms, and your resources throughout your Capstone project.

Searching the Professional Literature

After you've honed in on a really excellent research question, the next step is to consult the literature already out there in the field.  The following resources will help you to find the best information available on your topic. 

Using Google Scholar

Use results from Google Scholar in your research with caution - Evaluate your resources!  Don't pay for things! 

Google Scholar Search

Annual Reviews

"Since 1932, Annual Reviews has offered comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists....Each year, Annual Reviews critically reviews the most significant primary research literature to guide researchers to the principal contributions of their field and help them keep up to date in their area of research."

Subject Guide

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John Garrison
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