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SOC 316: Mental Health and Society (Spring 2021) (Professor Roche)

Scholarly Journal Articles

 

How do we know a source we've found is a scholarly journal article? Look for these clues:

  • written by scholars (with affiliations to universities or research institutions)
  • written for other scholars and students (and therefore difficult to read)
  • published in an academic journal with a peer-review process
    • Here are some examples:
      • Critical Sociology
      • Journal of Applied Sociology
      • American Sociological Review
  • structured format (abstract, introduction, etc...)
  • extensive references at the end

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Tips Examples
Use keywords, not long search phrases

 

Instead of searching for "How is social anxiety among college students culturally related?" break down your search into the main keywords:

social anxiety, cultural, college students

To get more focused results:

Use quotation marks (" ") to keep phrases together

Use AND to combine different keywords

"social anxiety" AND cultural

To get broader results:

Use OR to combine similar/associated keywords

Truncate words that have a variety of endings with a *

("social anxiety" OR "social phobia") AND (racial or ethnic)

 

ethnic* = ethnic, ethnicity

Look for ways to limit your search in the database You can often limit by type of article (scholarly and peer-reviewed) & year of publication