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- Finding and evaluating resources [guide]
- Evaluating sources [video from Western University]
- Writing Annotated bibliographies
- Research guides by type or format of publication
- Library FAQs
- Tools and workshops for Graduate Students
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Series of interest
Research methods books
►To search for books by subject heading, use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select Subject browse from the drop-down menu.
Please consult the guide "Information on research methods for Anthropology and Sociology" to find books on different types of research methods.
Books on writing guideline
- A Guide to writing sociology papers [print and online]
- The Sociology student writer's manual [print]
- Style guide / American Sociological Association [print and online]
Subject Headings for writing in the discipline
If the full text of an article is not within a database, then use the Get This button to check to see if SFU Library has a copy. If SFU Library does not own the journal then request a copy of the article through SFU Library's Inter-Library Loans Service.
How to find journal articles [guide]
Citation Finder Tool to locate journal articles, books, etc. when you have a specific citation but don't know where to find the item.
Databases for Anthropology and Sociology
- AnthroSource - journals of the American Anthropological Association
- Anthropology Plus
- Sociological Abstracts - by American Sociological Association
- Social Sciences Full Text
- Social Theory - documents from prominent social sciences theorists such as Max Weber, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim
Other relevant databases
- Proquest Digital Dissertations - M.A. and Ph.D. theses
- Ethnographic Video Online - for study of human culture and behavior
Handbook of Latin American Studies [HLAS]- Bibliography on social sciences and humanities topics on Latin America.
Note: the print version and online versions are not exact duplicates. It is useful to examine the print version for a listing by topics/themes.
- Note: the print version and online versions are not exact duplicates. It is useful to examine the print version for a listing by topics/themes.
- NFB.ca - National Film Board of Canada films online, including documentaries, animation and alternative dramas
- Oxford Bibliographies Online
- Sage Research Methods Online - Access to research methods online from books and numerous reference sources.
- Theses Canada Portal - to find M.A. and Ph.D. theses done at Canadian universities. These theses may be listed in Proquest Digital Dissertations as well.
Once you click on to one of these journals, you can search other "reviewing" journals on the "Annual Reviews" database.
Theses Canada. Free access to the full text of Canadian theses and dissertations that were published from 1998 to August 31, 2002. Citations since 1965.
Proquest Dissertations and Theses Abstracts and Index
More than 2 million citations, dating back to 1861, to dissertations accepted for doctoral degrees. Abstracts are available for all records since 1980.
Submitting Your Thesis
- Assistant for Theses: email@example.com / 778.782.4747
Preparing and Submitting Your Thesis guide
- deadlines, forms, workshops, templates
Open Access and publishing
- SFU Open Access Policy
- Scholarly Publishing. Issues in academic publishing and scholarly communication.
- SUMMIT - SFU Library's Institutional Repository
Set up email alerts within databases.
Guide: Current Awareness Resources
Selected New Books and Other Items Purchased by the Library
sshrc- list (sign up list for the social sciences and humanities research through the Office of Research Services)
Search alerts, web feeds, and RSS: Many academic journals and websites offer search alerts as a convenience to their audiences.
BrowZine - brings scholarly, academic journal content together from multiple publishers and platforms into a single place, where you can save your favorite journals, view the tables of contents, and read or save articles, as new issues are released.
Watch That Page - this website can send email alerts whenever a web page has been updated, which may be useful for tracking small publishers or societies.
For Cited Reference Search. Look at the link "cited by".
search for your "key" article. Check the link "cited by" right beneath the reference to that article
TIP: to avoid an overload of irrelevant stuff, set up an alert on the page where you list out "cited references"
captures a "wider" range of journals and also includes "book chapters" etc.
Google power searching [online course by Google]
Web of Science
- Topic alerts - set up alerts in any category or sub-specialty and receive regular updates of the latest research.
- Citation Alerting -keep track of particular citations, to see if anyone is citing it in recent journals.
- You can set up a citation alert whenever you’re reading a full-text article by clicking on "Save as Citation Alert."
- Web of Sciences Cited References Searching Tutorial
Catalogues of other libraries
- Library and Archives Canada
- Outlook Online / BC Union Catalogue (Search for books, media, and serials at BC colleges, institutes, universities, and public libraries at one time)
- WorldCat (restricted to SFU users)
- Center for Research (CRL) Libraries Catalog
Inter-Library Loans (ILL) Service
To find out if SFU Library owns a particular book or if it subscribes to a specific journal:
- Search the Library Catalogue
- For items that the SFU Library does not have, place an ILL request: Request items from other libraries
SFU Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements that allow SFU users to borrow materials in person at select post-secondary libraries in BC and across Canada. See the below agreements for more information:
- Lower Mainlaind Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement [between SFU, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, University College of the Fraser Valley]
COPPUL: Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement
- Go to SFU Library Loans Desk at any of the SFU Library locations to have them create a "COPPUL" card for you. This allows you to go to partner institutions and borrow materials (e.g. UBC Library). Please observe the "loans" policies of that institution.
- Conference Alerts - Academic and professional conference listings by subject and region
Software can be used to both manage citations and to create bibliographies using different citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)
Citation management software
If you’re not sure which citation management software is best for you, check out the following comparisons:
- Citation management tools: Which one is right for you?
- Citation Finder Tool to locate journal articles, books, etc. when you have a specific citation but don't know where to find the item.