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SOCI 321: Assignment

Research Methods

Library Instruction Goals

This guide can help you:

Form an approach to initiating the reserach assignment.

Explore topics for your paper or project. What motivates you?

Know differences betwen scholarly and popular resources.

Explore SU Library's information resources.

Start to gather information for an assignment.

    +Assignment and research approach


    Sometimes, a structured approach to research can help to organize ideas and the way you think about information sources:  
    1. Explore topic basics (casual web searching)
    2. Depth & Breadth (library catalog: books)
    3. Specific "conversations" (library databases: journal articles)
    4. Support your argument (source citation)
    5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians & learning commons)


    Research Assignment:

    "Working alone or in pairs, you are required to conduct qualitative interviews as well as locate and/or generate and analyze quantitative data, and write a research paper selected from a list of research topics provided to you. Pieces of your project will be due throughout the semester. You are required to present the results in a poster session format to the class. Ideally, your final product will allow you to submit an abstract to SUSRC for consideration. (500 total points)"

    I. Introduction and overview of your topic: (1-2 pages)

    II. Literature review of roughly 10 articles to provide a foundation for your work (4-5 pages)

    III. Methodologies: (5-6 pages)

    IV. Reporting Findings

    V. Data Analysis

    VI. Conclusion

    Manage & Organize

    ProQuest RefWorks is a citation management tool. It helps you keep track of all your sources. There are many different ones out there, but RefWorks is the only one support by SU Libraries.You can check out this guide for help or ask a librarian!