Sometimes, at the beginning of a research project, you want to get an overview of the research done on your topic, or you want to find background information to be able to narrow down your topic.
To find an overview of your topic, you may want to start by looking at the articles in various encyclopedias and reference sources in the field of sociology. Many of these sources are now available online. The following ones would be particularly useful for a sociology paper:
After you connect to the online encyclopedia, enter your topic ("immigration" or "poverty", for example) in the Quick Search box and select "Search within this publication".
To find background information on your topic , you can also use CQ Researcher
This online resource (available from the list of databases on the library home page) covers the most current and controversial issues of the day complete with summaries, background information, insight into all sides of the issues, outlook, bibliographies and more.