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Welcome to Your Essential Guide to Sociology Research

Embarking on your studies in sociology? This research guide is your compass for navigating the diverse and fascinating world of social phenomena, human behaviour, and societal structures.

Strong research skills are crucial for success in sociology – from analysing social trends and understanding sociological theories to developing informed insights on social issues and engaging in critical debates about inequality, culture, and social change.

This guide will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Essential Tools: Navigate the library's collection of resources, including books, journal articles, reports, databases, and specialised tools for sociological research (e.g., census data, survey data).
  • Search Strategies: Find the most relevant and up-to-date information on social groups, social movements, social institutions, social problems, inequality, social identity, culture, and more.
  • Source Evaluation: Assess the credibility and reliability of information sources, distinguishing between scholarly analysis, news reports, government documents, NGO publications, and ethnographic research.
  • Proper Citation: Give credit to the sources you use and ensure academic integrity by citing and referencing correctly.

We're here to support you on your research journey. If you have questions or need assistance, our library staff and your academic librarian are ready to help. Let's explore the world of sociological research together!

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