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Sociological Research

A quick guide to sociological research methods for collecting and evaluating information on your topic.


Using the work of another scholar without proper citation, whether that work is available in print or online, is plagiarism, a violation of the Emory Honor Code. See the Citing your Sources guide for more information.

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Citing Your Sources

Sociology Citation Guides

Located in the book stacks at HM569 .A54 2014. 

A quick reference sheet based on the ASA's Style Guide, 4th ed.  

‚ÄčBased on the ASA's Style Guide, 5th ed. 


Other Useful Citation Guides

  • Documenting Electronic Resources (from Purdue University)
  • Citing Your Sources Research Guide (from NC State)
  • Writer's Center: Documenting Styles (from UW-Maidson

Tip: The Writer's Center page covers other popular citation styles and has a useful section on citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.  



Endnote is a personal citation/bibliography manager program. It helps researchers organize their reference in a database which can be used to format citations and create bibliographies automatically in a word processor.  



A free personal citation/bibliography manager program that has many fans. Check out the Zotero page for more information and a list of upcoming workshops. It is also possible to export citations from Zotero to Endnote (and vice versa) to take advantage of features of each. 

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Organizing a Literature Review

It can sometimes be daunting to keep track of all the literature you've searched for and read on a particular subject.  For that reason, it's useful to keep either a Search Journal or a Literature Review Matrix (see below).  Several services also allow you to save your searches, including EBSCOHost and Web of Science.  

Whatever strategy you choose, taking time to keep track of the articles you've found, how you found them, and the major findings or themes they present will make it much easier to write your final paper.  

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