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Introduction to Sociology: Search for Articles

Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches many disciplines and sources, from peer-reviewed papers to theses, books, abstracts, and articles. Full-text @ My Library will link to the article when available from the Bethel University Library.

Search Tips


  • Brainstorm a variety of keywords (poverty, low-income, income level, social class)
  • Search by keywords, not sentences (poverty and "secondary education" and achievement instead of effect of poverty on high school students)

And, Or

  • Connect keywords with and (poverty and education and achievement)
  • Use or to search synonyms (poverty or low-income and education)

Asterisk  *

  • Use * to search a root word that could have multiple endings (school* searchs for school, schools, schooling)


  • Use quotes to search for a phrase ("social inequality")

Subject Terms

  • Most databases have a set of keywords that are used to associate keywords with articles focusing on those topics. They are usually called subjects, subject headings, or descriptors.
  • Example: when searching women and social capital in Sociological Abstracts you'll see the descriptors females and cultural capital. You can then do another search using those keywords.

Social Sciences Databases

Multidisciplinary Databases

Subject Guide

Lyndi Finifrock Fabbrini
Office: HC320