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SOCI 101 (McEntee): Searching for Sources

When and Where Can I Access Databases?

Databases are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can use them on or off campus. If you are using them from off campus you will be prompted to put in your SU username and password (the same one you use for Gull Net, MyClasses, or an SU computer).

Sociological Sources

Article Databases: an A-Z List

If you'd like to explore options outside of the databases listed above you can search for databases by name or by subject.

Databases A-Z List

Semi-Scholarly Sources

Getting Full Text

Some databases will have the full text of the entire article available within the database, others will only have a citation for the article. When there is only a citation available, you will see a yellow find it button. This button will give you options for getting a full text version of the article. If we have access to it in another database it will be linked there.

If it says "Not Available Online" then look for "Check Availability in SU Catalog"; if you see that then we may have a hardcopy version on the shelf in the library.

If you don't have either of those options then you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)! There are loads of ways to get a copy of an article you are interested in.

Data Sources

How to Search a Database

If you are unfamiliar with the research process, take a look at this video on how to search a database.


The video above was created for another Sociology class, but will take you through the basics if you need a refresher.