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SA 302 Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism

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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 ( 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. 

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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.

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Note:  For Catalogue Search, when combining concepts, use CAPITAL letters ( "OR", "AND")

Look at the titles in the "results list" and for those books that look relevantclick on their subject headings

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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).

Sociological Abstracts
Theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and policy science

Social Sciences Full Text

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.

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