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SOAN 100: Debating Difference in Twenty-first Century America

For Professor Daniel Williams - Fall 2014

Getting Started

Use these tips to explore topics, brainstorm keywords, and get familiar with concepts. Just remember, reference sources are fantastic springboards to finding research, but they are not themselves (in most instances) research sources that you would cite in your paper. Use them to direct you to journal articles, books, and the like. 

Get Started: Brainstorm Keywords with Google

All searching works better if you use the terms that the authors are using, so:

  • take notes about related words and concepts
  • use those in future searches on Google and in other places.

Using what you find:

  • Remember to evaluate your sources to see if they are worthy of your attention! See "Evaluating What You Find Online" above.
  • Found articles but can't get to the full text? There's a tab for that above!

Get Started: Reference Sources

The best results are those that give you clues about where you might look next (other entries, similar names, and especially "further reading").

Remember to keep notes about useful words and related concepts that you can use in future searches.

Search using just a few important words at a time for best results.

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