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This guide will provide assistance with finding scholarly material to support the research paper assignment. For Library research help, please contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Sociology / Anthropology by email (email@example.com) or Ask a librarian.
Start Your Research Here - This page gives you an overview of the research process, or in other words how to find materials for your essay.
Selected handbooks and encyclopedias
Use encyclopedias, handbooks or textbook for overviews, definitions, and to identify key authors or concepts.
Find books in the Library
Catalogue search will find books, journal articles, videos, government reports and more. After doing a search, you can limit your search results by "Resource type" of "Books." Sign-in (top right of screen) to obtain access to electronic resources.
Search the SFU Library Catalogue Advanced Search
- marginal workers
- colonial violence
- international immigration
- (democra* OR political unrest) AND (international monetary fund OR imf)
- foreign aid AND international financial institutions
- "global care chain"
- media AND commodifi*
- terror* AND global*
Combine different concepts using AND
Combine same concepts using OR
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase
Use brackets for synonyms
Use asterisk (*) for different endings of words
Note: For Catalogue Search, when combining concepts, use CAPITAL letters ( "OR", "AND")
Browse Search Subject Headings
- Capitalism -- [name of a country or region]
- Capitalism -- Developing countries
- Capitalism -- India
- Capitalism -- Social Aspects
- Globalization -- [name of country or region]
- Globalization -- Africa
- Globalization -- India
- Globalization -- Economic aspects
- Globalization -- Economic aspects -- Developing countries
- Globalization -- Social Aspects
- Mass Media -- Social Aspects
Search within the databases below for scholarly articles. If an articles are not be available full-text within the database, then use the "Get@SFU" icon to see if the Library has the journal. For books or journals not owned by the Library, use the Citation Finder/ILL tab to request a copy of the article from another library (free).
Theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and policy science
Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris
Contains the full text of public policy documents from Canadian institutes, think-tanks and research groups.
Ageline is an online index to articles from journals and magazines, books, research reports, and videos related to issues of ageing and life at 50+.
ELDIS Gateway to Development Information
Includes research & policy documents on ageing, population, climate change, corporate social responsibility, debt relief, food security, gender, globalization, health and more.
- Nexis Uni International news coverage, business news, legal cases and law reports.
- PressReader Full-text of current issues of newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format. Includes thousands of newspapers in over 40 languages from Canada and internationally. A rolling back file of coverage varies with each newspaper ranging from 3 days to 2 months.
- Alternative Press Index Alternative & radical media
- The Guardian
- The New York Times
- Democracy Now
- BBC News
- Library Research Tutorials. Animated tutorials on search techniques for finding books and journal articles
- Annotated bibliographies
- Evaluating sources
- How to find journal articles
- How to place an Inter-Library Loan request - to obtain books and articles from another library (free).
- Library Catalogue search guide
- What is a scholarly (or peer-reviewed) journal?
- What is plagiarism? Guide to common forms of plagiarism and how to avoid them