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Sociology: Articles

This guide is an introduction to Library Resources related to Sociology.

Types of Journals

Scholarly journals (aka academic journals) publish articles by scholars and experts in their field and are intended for the academic community.  Many scholarly journals are also peer-reviewed (aka refereed), which means they have an editorial board with additional experts in the field who review all articles submitted for publication to ensure that they meet academic standards.

Popular journals are intended for the general public, and their journalists may have some knowledge of a field, but are usually not academic experts. Popular journals can be appropriate for some academic papers, but not all, so be sure to check with your professor.

How can you distinguish a scholarly journal from a popular journal?  Refer to the following chart, which highlights the differences between the two:

 

 

Popular

Scholarly

Audience

General Public

Scholars/Experts/Students

Authors

Reporters/Journalists

Scholars/Experts

Peer-Reviewed

No

Yes

Color Pictures

Many

Few

Advertisements

Many

Few

Article Length

1-5 pages

10+ pages

Article Titles

Short & Catchy

Long & Descriptive

Cites Sources

No

Yes

If you've got a citation...

If you've already got a citation (article title, journal title, volume, issue, publication date, page number(s)), follow these steps to locate the full text of your article:

1. Click on the Journal Titles tab from the library search bar.

2.  Enter the title of the journal and then click the SEARCH button. Make sure that you are searching with the title of the journal, not the title of the article itself.

3. Locate the correct title from the results list.

4. Click the title to check if the library has the dates you need.

4. Click Access Journal to link to the article you are looking for.

5. If the journal or date you need is not available, Order the article from our interlibrary loan module:

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