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PAM 3120 / SOC 3150: Research Design, Policy and Practice (Fall 2014): Home

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Guide Objectives

You have been asked to update the literature in the Cornell Cooperative Extension Parenting in Context Reports.

This guide will help you to:

  • Identify and access appropriate databases for searching the scholarly literature on your topic
  • Identify key concepts and search terms to effectively find relevant articles
  • Construct effective search strategies to locate highly cited, peer-reviewed, empirical research articles and the articles that cite them easily and efficiently
  • Use citation management software in order to manage and correctly cite the references the you find

Preparing for research

In the process of doing research, you will encounter a multitude of resources including books, articles, and websites.  Keeping all of these organized as you progress, and ultimately creating a bibliography using a particular citation style (like APA) can be a daunting task. 

Before getting started with your research, you are highly encouraged to create an account with a citation management tool, which will help you manage the resources you find, quickly and easily, and save you a lot of time down the line.

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Tom Ottaviano

Question #1

Which of the following citation management tools have you used to organize your research?

Question #1
Zotero: 1 votes (3.57%)
Mendeley: 0 votes (0%)
RefWorks: 14 votes (50%)
I haven't used one: 9 votes (32.14%)
Other: 4 votes (14.29%)
Total Votes: 28

Question #2

Which of these databases would be the most appropriate for searching the scholarly literature in Sociology research?

Question #2
Google Scholar: 3 votes (11.54%)
Web of Science: 5 votes (19.23%)
Sociological Abstracts: 2 votes (7.69%)
PsycInfo: 0 votes (0%)
All of the above: 15 votes (57.69%)
None of the above: 1 votes (3.85%)
Total Votes: 26