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SOC 268: Social Problems (Hindert-AL)

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Top Databases for SOC 268 Semester-Long Project

Database Search Tips

Words in the Search Box

  • Identify just the most important words/ideas to type in the search box.
  • Put the word AND between each new idea: income AND inequality
  • Use synonyms and related terms -- all authors will not use exactly the same words to describe your topic.
  • Use quotation marks with phrases:  "climate change"
  • Use truncation with an asterisk (*) to find articles with different endings of the same word:  stereotyp*  will find articles with the word stereotype, stereotyped, or stereotyping.

For example, if researching the effects of gender stereotyping on children, the most important words are gender stereotyping, children, and effects.  Here's how that would look in a database search box:

"gender stereotyp*" AND children AND effects
"gender stereotyp*" AND children AND impact
"gender stereotyp*" AND children AND (effects OR impact)


  • Full Text - makes sure all articles in your list of results include the complete text of the article.
  • Publication Date
  • Source Type (e.g., Scholarly, Magazine, Newspaper)

Clues to More Information

Use the information in the articles you find:

  • to lead you to more sources
  • to identify experts or claimsmakers
  • to identify additional terms or ideas related to your topic