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Sociology -- Resources & Services (Main Library)

The Sociology Resources Portal provides links to a wide range of resources to facilitate course work, scholarship and career development.

Getting Started

The graphic below illustrates the process of the information retrieval cycle involving the input of published documents, e.g., books, articles, etc, and user (that's you) efforts to retrieve information from a search engine. e.g., a research literature database.  The "Documents Input" box represents the input of information for published articles, books, etc. and the "User Input" box represents your efforts to identify terminology to find those articles, books, etc. that you need to find on your topic. 

  • The Search Engine "matches" terms from both the "Document Input" and "User Input," i.e. YOU).  
  • Exact matches result in possibly successful "hits" in your search. 
  • Use the "Selecting Terms... " and the "Database Search Tools" boxes to dramatically increase your number of "exact matches."

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