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Sociology-- Databases & More: Find Articles

Library Databases

How to Find a Book in the Library

Use TownCat, the library's online catalog, to find books, DVDs, and CDs that are physically located in the library.  The search box is located at the top of each library website page.

If you know the title of a book, do a TITLE search in TownCat. To locate the book on the shelf, you need its location and call number. Also look at the status to determine if the book is available for checkout.

To locate books on specific topics, do a SUBJECT or KEYWORD search in TownCat. Subject headings must be constructed in an exact way, according to the Library of Congress method, so keyword searching may be easier.

Examples of Library of Congress subject headings used in SUBJECT searching

Social work with children--United States

Juvenile corrections

Female offenders

Using a KEYWORD search allows you to combine words of your choosing to search for topics. Sometimes the results are less precise than a subject search but always worth trying. 


School violence

Interracial families 

If you are looking for information about a person, do a SUBJECT search by the person's name, last name first.

Merton, Robert

Glueck, Sheldon 

Options for Getting Articles not in the Library

Help!  I need an article not available online.

If you find a citation for an article that is not available to you online, you have options to get that article.


1.  Ask a librarian for help.  Librarians are experts in finding articles for you.

2.  Check our Journal Locator - search for a journal, magazine, or newspaper to find out if the library has access.

3.  Interlibrary Loan - we can order an article for you from another library - this normally takes 7 -10 days, so it is NOT your fastest option.  Working with a librarian first saves you time and an ILL fee.

Never pay for an article on a publisher's website - ask a librarian for help and you'll save both time and money. 

Ask a Librarian

Denise Karimkhani
Library Office 108
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What are Scholarly Journals?

scholarly journals

Scholarly journals provide an in-depth analysis of topics

Scholarly journals may be published by a professional organization

Author is usually an expert or specialist in the field

Articles are written the jargon of the field for scholarly readers

Articles are more structured and may include an abstract, methodology, results, conclusion and bibliography

Articles are reviewed and critically evaluated by peers or experts in the field

Bibliography and/or footnotes always provided to document research

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