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*SOCI 3212 Race and Ethnic Relations (Goss): Finding
Articles

Below are some suggested databases to search and limits to use to find the peer-reviewed articles you need for your authoethnography assignment - but feel free to contact your Sociology Librarian, Mandy (aswygarthobaugh@gsu.edu) if you need further assistance.

Getting to Articles from Databases

1: Look for a "Full-Text" or "PDF" link that will take you directly to the article. If yes, great. If not, go to #2.

2: Look for the FINDIT @ GSU button. Click on it. If the journal title shows up, click the link to see what the online availability is. If not, go to #3.

3: If you see the "Sorry, no electronic full text is available" message, click the link below it that says "We may have a copy in print."  If yes, go to the library to copy the article.  If we do not have it in print, go to #4.

4: Request the article you need through interlibrary loan - typically arrive within 1 day, so definitely worth trying!

Seamless Journals/Articles Access from Off Campus

If you are off campus and using Google Scholar to search for journals/articles, it’s easiest if you install and login to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your computer so that you are logged into the GSU network and will be automatically routed to GSU-subscribed journals. It’s available for download from the GSU software download page

Scholarly vs. Popular Articles Tutorial

Tutorial on strategies for discerning whether an article is SCHOLARLY or POPULAR:

These databases are good to search, regardless of your specific topic:

  • Academic Search Complete
    • First do a search - e.g.: autoethnograph* AND (race OR "african american" OR blacks OR "black americans")
    • On search results page, at left side in the Limit To area, use the Publication Date slider to slide the beginning date to 2000
    • Then in the Limit To area click Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals to limit your search to peer-reviewed/scholarly journals.

 

 

  • Sociological Abstracts
    • First do a search - e.g.: autoethnograph* AND (race OR "african american" OR blacks OR "black americans")
    • On search results page, at left side in the Publication date area, use the Publication Date slider to slide the beginning date to 2000, then click Update button.
    • Then in the  Source Type area click Scholarly Journals to limit your search to peer-reviewed/scholarly journals.

 

Then possibly search these other databases for specific topic areas:

  • Ageline (gerontology/sociology of aging topics) 
  • ERIC (education-related topics)  

** The above EBSCOhost databases can be searched simultaneously - Click on Academic Search Complete, then, before doing your search, click the Choose Databases link, select the relevant databases for your research topic, and click OK. **

^^^^^We have many more databases than these!

To find other databases to search, check out our A-Z list, other research guides related to your topic, or consult with me about what might be best to search for your topic.