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SOAN 100: Debating Difference in Twenty-first Century America

For Professor Daniel Williams - Fall 2014

Why Use Specialized Indexes?

Online databases of citations and abstracts are a rich place to search a specific body of literature for a topic, author, or set of ideas. Unlike a Google search, your results are focused on scholarly articles (or other limited sets), so you can use search terms differently, search broadly and browse, and take advantage of subject terms/descriptors that link together like materials. 

Use the FindIt button  to access the materials you discover there, or look them up in Catalyst or the Journals List. As always, if you need assistance, just contact a librarian. This is our bread and butter.

Recommended Journals: Media

Indexes to Articles and Chapters for This Class

A Different Approach - Search By Journal

Search within journal titles you know, like those in your syllabus, or ones specialized for a very particular type of research:

  • Social Problems
  • Gender and Society

Use an Advanced Google Scholar search (the little arrow on the far right of the search box) to limit to a particular journal:

"Can I Get This Article?"

The authoritative source (besides talking to a librarian) on Carleton's journal subscriptions is the Journals List.  When you have identified a journal article that you want to read, follow the steps below.

Exercise: Find the Text from a Citation

Bennett, Pamela R. and Yu Xie. "Revisiting Racial Differences in College Attendance: The Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities." American Sociological Review 68, no. 4 (08, 2003): 567-580.

Felski, Rita. "The Doxa of Difference." Signs 23, no. 1 (10, 1997): 1-21.

Galtry, Judith. "Extending the "Bright Line": Feminism, Breastfeeding, and the Workplace in the United States." Gender & Society 14, no. 2 (04, 2000): 295-317.

Guerrina, Roberta. "Equality, Difference and Motherhood: The Case for a Feminist Analysis of Equal Rights and Maternity Legislation." Journal of Gender Studies 10, no. 1 (03, 2001): 33-42.

Hughey, Matthew W. "A Paradox of Participation: Nonwhites in White Sororities and Fraternities." Social Problems 57, no. 4 (11, 2010): 653-679. doi:

Hull, Kathleen E. and Robert L. Nelson. "Assimilation, Choice Or Constraint? Testing Theories of Gender Differences in the Careers of Lawyers." Social Forces 79, no. 1 (09, 2000): 229-264.

Janmaat, Jan Germen. "The Civic Attitudes of Ethnic Minority Youth and the Impact of Citizenship Education." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 34, no. 1 (01, 2008): 27-54. doi:

Kalra, Virinder S. and Nisha Kapoor. "Interrogating Segregation, Integration and the Community Cohesion Agenda." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 35, no. 9 (11, 2009): 1397-1415. doi:

Kim, Minjeong. "Dubious Equalities and Embodied Differences: Cultural Studies on Cosmetic Surgery." Gender & Society 19, no. 3 (06, 2005): 423-424.

Kimmel, Michael. "Saving the Males: The Sociological Implications of the Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel." Gender & Society 14, no. 4 (08, 2000): 494-516.

Korpi, Walter and Joakim Palme. "The Paradox of Redistribution and Strategies of Equality: Welfare State Institutions, Inequality, and Poverty in the Western Countries." American Sociological Review 63, no. 5 (10, 1998): 661-687.

Lambert, Helen H. "Biology and Equality: A Perspective on Sex Differences." Signs 4, no. 1 (10, 1978): 97-117.

Mattingly, Marybeth J. and Suzanne M. Bianchi. "Gender Differences in the Quantity and Quality of Free Time: The U.S. Experience." Social Forces 81, no. 3 (03, 2003): 999-1030.

Percheski, Christine. "Opting Out? Cohort Differences in Professional Women's Employment Rates from 1960 to 2005."American Sociological Review 73, no. 3 (06, 2008): 497-517.

Sarvasy, Wendy. "Beyond the Difference Versus Equality Policy Debate: Postsuffrage Feminism, Citizenship, and the Quest for a Feminist Welfare State." Signs 17, no. 2 (01, 1992): 329-362.

Sondhi, Ranjit. "The Politics of Equality Or the Politics of Difference? Locating Black Communities in Western Society."Community Development Journal 32, no. 3 (07, 1997): 223-232.

Wilcox, Kathleen and Pia Moriarty. "Schooling and Work: Social Constraints on Equal Educational Opportunity." Social Problems24, no. 2 (12, 1976): 204-213.

Wolf, Wendy C. and Neil D. Fligstein. "Sexual Stratification: Differences in Power in the Work Setting." Social Forces 58, no. 1 (09, 1979): 94-107.