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SOC 250

This research guide was to created to assist students writing the Steiss SOC 250 Research Paper.

Getting started with Keywords

You are working on your career research paper. You can try searching for articles in the ONLINE BOOK CATALOG and ARTICLE DATABASES by combining your occupational interest with a service population that interests you.

Here are some examples:

Occupational Interest service population
"social work" or "social worker" veterans
therapist children or teenagers
counselor foster care
advocate homeless
teacher mental health

Here is an example of a keyword search string in EBSCO

EBSCO search example

What is a Peer-Reviewed article?

Original Research published by experts in their field

Articles are reviewed by their peers (other experts) before publication

Long articles (usually 10-30 pages) with charts and data

Follow a distinct pattern and contain some or all of the following:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Results/Data
  • Discussion/Conclusion 
  • References/Bibliography

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Primary Sources - immediate, first hand accounts of a topic

  • Original Research
  • Interviews
  • Datasets, survey data, census, etc.

Secondary Sources - summarization of primary material

  • Books
  • Literature Reviews
  • Biographies
  • Summary articles