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Research Guide: SOCI319 Globalization and Social Change

Getting Help

Hi, I'm Krista Knapp, your friendly research/instructional librarian, and I'm here to help you!

How to get in touch with me:

  • In my office, BL129 (best to make an appointment)

  • By email:

  • By IM on Facebook

  • At the Research Services Desk: Mondays 8am-12pm, Wednesdays 8-10am,
    Thursdays 10am-2pm.

Have a question about circulation (reserves, overdue books, fines, etc) stuff?  Chat with a circulation staff member from 8am-4pm M-F!

You can also get help 24/7 from the Maryland AskUsNow chat service.  Click here for more details.

Background Info

Why can't you just use Wikipedia?

Wikipedia can be useful for some research, especially popular culture topics, and particularly when the entries are well-documented with citations.  However, it should NEVER be cited in an academic paper.  We have so many authoritative, high-quality resources available in the library and accessible online, that you have no excuse not to use them.

If you need background information on Sociology topics, try a reference tool.

And to further drive home my point about Wikipedia not being a valid source, please enjoy this clip from the Colbert Report.  Trust me, it's really amusing!

Some helpful websites for background information/statistics:

Country Studies - from the Library of Congress

CIA World Factbook

Atlas of Global Inequality - from University of California-Santa Cruz

Documents on Globalization - from Mount Holyoke

Yale Center for the Study of Globalization

Globalization and World Cities

The Globalization Website - From Emory

Social Movements and Culture - from Washington State

International Database - from the Census Bureau

Official Statistics on the Web

Finding books and reserves:

Find books and reserves in Blackwell Library using our online library catalog. 

Books in our library are arranged using Library of Congress Classification.  The books you can check out are located on the second floor of the library.  If you ever have trouble finding a book you want, PLEASE ask for help at the Research Desk!

To find reserve items, click on the words "Course Reserves" in the library catalog.  Then you can search for items by your professor's name, by class, or title of the item.  This guide can also help you find reserves. 

Books from other USMAI Libraries

You can also borrow books from any of the USMAI affiliations by selecting the "choose campus" link at the top of the catalog page and then selecting "USMAI All Campuses."  When you find a book you want that is not in Blackwell, click the "request" button and use your ID number to login.  You can have the book delivered to Blackwell within 3 or 4 days.  Here's a short tutorial that shows you how it's done!

Scholarly V. Popular Sources: A Showdown!

Here are the basics: (Check out this handy dandy chart for more information!)

Popular Magazines/Newspapers:

  • glossy, pretty pages with lots of advertisements and pictures

  • written by hired reporters for a general audience

  • short, easily read articles

Scholarly Journals:

  • somewhat dull looking - very few pictures or advertisements

  • written by experts in the field and reviewed by other scholars before publication

  • long articles with citations and bibliographies at the end

Why should you use the library and not Google?

Most of the time, scholarly publications are not available to the general public, nor are they available for free on the internet.  Individuals or organizations (such as a library) subscribe to these publications.  Because subscriptions are expensive, many choose to access this content through libraries. 

Often, content from scholarly journals is indexed in databases that the library subscribes to.  The content is on the web, but it is not accessible unless you are affiliated with the institution that is subscribing.  It isn’t the same thing as just finding a website through a regular Google search.  Sometimes the full text of the article is available through the database; other times it is only a citation to the article and you will need to find the print version of the article in the library or order the article through interlibrary loan if we don’t subscribe to it.

So, basically what I'm saying is that the only way you can access this scholarly information for free is by using the library databases! 

Finding Articles

We have several databases you can use to search for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles.  Some of them only give a citation to the article, and some have the full-text.  Here is a list of databases you might want to try. 

Note: if you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in with your Gull Card barcode number.

  • Academic Search Complete - a multidisciplinary database from EBSCO with a mix of scholarly and popular resources, a lot of full-text and Find It links when there is no full-text available.  This is a great place to start your research.  AND, the EBSCO databases can be searched simultaneously.  Click here to see how! 

  • JSTOR - scholarly full-text resources; the newest documents are 3-5 years old.  Lots of Sociology journals in here!  Some tips: Use the Advanced Search and limit to the disciplines where you want to find articles.  Also limit to Articles and remember this database is searching the full text of the articles and sorts results by relevance, not date.

  • America: History and Life - an EBSCO database where you will find scholarly articles about American history including immigration and different ethnic/racial groups.*

  • Business Source Premier - for business/economy topics.

  • Columbia International Affairs Online - full text theory, research, and case studies on international affairs.

  • Humanities International Complete - database covering the Humanities with some articles on International Studies.

  • Lexis-Nexis Academic - this database contains full-text world news, legal and business information.  Great for international newspapers!

  • National Newspapers - a collection of full-text major newspapers including The New York Times and Washington Post.

  • Social Sciences Abstracts - articles and citations for interdisciplinary fields such as addiction studies, anthropology, corrections, economics, gender studies, gerontology, minority studies, political sciences, psychology, sociology, and more.  An EBSCO database.


It's a bit like magic, really.  The Find It button does three things:

  • Looks in all of our databases to see if the document you want is available full-text in another of our databases.  If so, it links you to it!

  • Links you to the library catalog when we have the item you want in print or microform.

  • Links you to ILLiad (interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another library if we don't have access electronically or in print.

The Find It button is YOUR FRIEND!!!  Here's a tutorial that lets you see the Find It Button in action!

Citing your work:

Plagiarism is not cool.  Of course you want to make sure you give proper credit to any source that you use to write your papers, whether you directly quote or paraphrase.  This guide helps students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Citation Help:


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The librarian liaison to Sociology is Gaylord Robb, | 410-677-0118