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Soc. Perspective, Human Worth, and Soc. Action: SOW327G: Examining Contrasting Realities


Searching your subgroup, social system, and social condition in these sources will give you background information and help you know what terminology and perspectives are used by academics and scholars who study them.


Online Reference

Social Issues 

Learning about subgroup cultures



CQ Researcher

Reports on issues, with links at the end to good web sites and studies posted online.


 Mapped Statistics

This can be an easy way to see stats for a neighborhood, community, etc.

Compare and Contrast

Here's some information about how to find and compare academic articles and blogs, media and social media, and dialogues and interviews.


Adacemic Articles


Academic articles can be divided into different types, which helps when comparing them. Secondary articles provide perspectives on the issues, primary research studies present an academic interpretation of somewhat controlled events or experiences, reviews, sometimes called critical reviews, systematic reviews, literature reviews, or meta-analyses, provide an academic look at what other scholars have written on the topic. So, what realities come across? What experiences are presesnted, and how are they presented? Is anything missing?


Here are good places to search for academic articles on the topics in this course.

Social Services Abstracts

Sociological Abstracts



Family & Society Studies Worldwide.





Scholarly blogs offer less formal perspectives from some of the same scholars who do the research studies or write the academic articles. Other social work blogs may give insight into the work that social workers are doing in their contexts. Will there be a difference in the perspectives you pick up on? 

List of Social Work Blogs.


You can also search only in blogs using a custom Google Search or the Technorati blog search.

Search blog posts with Google

Search blog posts with Technorati


Scholarly blogs can be hard to find, but they are often interlinked once you find one by blogrolls linking to other blogs of interest, comments on a post given by other scholarly bloggers, and links to other's posts within the blog posts. Also, you can search for authors of scholarly articles you find to see if they have a blog, or look them up at their institution to see if they link to personal webpages or blogs.




Media is all about delivering a story your audience is interested in. So, who is the audience supposed to be? It's amazing how much that perspective shapes the story (think Fox news vs. NPR, for example). That can have an effect for mass media, but what about local media, like community newspapesr? If their audience is the neighborhood, what will their perspective be? Here's some news sites. 


Mainstream News Sources

Google News Search         

Newspaper Article Search 


Local Community News Sources

TC Daily Planet

The Beehive

Subject Guide

Karen Dubay