What is the Broad topic of your research - sociology? criminal justice? human resources? anthropology?
These are the best databases for sociology at South Dakota State University.
The databases below are not as sophisticated for searching but contain a lot of articles in sociology.
These are the best databases for criminal justice at South Dakota State University.
The databases below are not as sophisticated for searching but contain a lot of articles in criminal justice.
These are the best databases for anthropology at South Dakota State University.
The databases below are not as sophisticated for searching but contain a lot of articles in anthropology.
Search for books, articles, & media
Journals are scholarly, reliable information. You still need to evaluate the information, even the best experts make mistakes.
Reay, Mike. 2010. "Knowledge Distribution, Embodiment, and Insulation." Sociological Theory 28(1):91-107. doi: 10.2307/25746215. (all the examples below come from this article)
Peer reviewed journals are a special class - they are the creme de la creme of information sources.
What does peer review mean?
Articles submitted to a journal.
The journal send the articles out to 1 to 3 experts in the field without identifying the author.
The experts review the article and send it back to the journal with recommendations for improvements or approval.
The article is sent back to the author with the recommendations and a tentative approval or rejection of the article. The reviewers remain anonymous.
If improvements are made and there was a tentative approval, the article is resubmitted and published.
In other words, the information is vetted by experts before it is even published.
Most databases allow you to limit your results by peer-reviewed journals.
Keller, A. G. 1916. "Sociology and Science." Nation 102(2653):475-78. (all examples below come from this article)
Although Briggs Library has an extensive collection, you may need items that are not available at the Library. No worries! You can request those articles, books, and other materials through Interlibrary Loan.
Keep in mind that the process may take from a week to ten days. Start your research early!
Many of our databases have an Interlibrary Loan Request button for articles not available in that particular database. Before submitting the loan request, be sure to check our Journals List for the title of the source or periodical (i.e. New York Times).
We license many of our databases for use by SDSU students, faculty, and staff. To access them from off campus, you will need to log into our proxy server.
Students: Use your jacks e-mail username and password (use the whole e-mail address as the username).
Faculty/Staff: Use your campus login credentials.