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Sociology 111 - South Bend-Elkhart

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Research is a process, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming!

The next few pages are going to walk you through the first steps of your research project:

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Links to our best sources to find everything from encyclopedias and general reference articles to info on sociologists, theories, and concepts

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Links to research databases that cover controversial topics, current events, and social issues—providing you with both introductory and comprehensive overviews of an issue, as well as different viewpoints surrounding the topic.

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Here we’ll guide you through the brainstorming process, and show you a little-known feature within our databases that can help you broaden or narrow your topic and pick the best subject terms to use in your searching to find more useful results.