Below are a number of resources you can use to find scholarly sources.
These databases are specific to Sociology, Political Science, and Criminal Justice. These will help you to consult the literature in specific fields, including detailed case studies and data analysis.
"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."
You can search dozens of field specific Annual Reviews including the Annual Review of Sociology, the Annual Review of Political Science, the Annual Review of Criminology, and the Annual Review of Law and Social Science by selecting the specific publication from the menu before you click Search.
Here are just a few of the major datasets for use in your research.
If you cannot find what you are looking for using one of the below resources, please contact John Garrison, the Librarian in charge of electronic resources, for assistance.
You want to use the most precise, important terms based on your research topic. If you need a refresher on the basics of selecting keywords, review Step 4: Generate Keywords.
Your research will likely require you to use more advanced keyword techniques. Here are a couple of tips:
Boolean is a common search language in many databases and even basic search engines like Google. It allows you to search beyond single words and refine your search terms.
Image Credit: EBSCOhost's guide (Communication and Mass Media)
Other Advanced Search Techniques
For more search tips and advice for focusing your search, check out the Tips & Tricks for Effective Research LibGuide!