Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work Assignment (Kathy Jones and Jan Sauer)

Assignment: Find an article on a research topic relevant to this course using the SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCO) database. Identify relevant information. Write a correct APA style citation for the article. Optional: Use the same topic in Sage Journals Online. Compare/contrast the databases.

How to:

    1. Choose "Articles, Indexes, Databases" from the University Library Homepage.
    2. Find SocINDEX with Full Text under EBSCO or scroll down the alphabetical list of databases.
    3. Using your terms find a scholarly "peer reviewed" journal article that is available in electronic full-text online. Example of a database record.
    4. Fill in the revised form. (original form)
    5. From this information create an APA style citation for the article.

      Hint: Click on title of the article in SocINDEX with Full Text'; click on Save; choose APA format, brief citation; click save again. Use the resulting citation as a starting point, but check to make sure of its accuracy. (It is not always accurate and you are liable for any discrepancies.)

OPTIONAL: Do the same search using Sage Journals Online also on "Articles, Indexes, Databases" webpage. Make note and be prepared to discuss some of the similarities and difference between the two databases.

Support: Do the assignment yourself. Discuss the use, value and coverage(Click for info about the database) of the SocINDEX with Full Text database. Provide a list of relevant topics with one for each student--to avoid possible sharing. Have them use this form and return it in to you.

Use: As a homework assignment. Have them compare their findings in class. If it is a "W" class, allow a few points for a written short comparison/contrast paper.

Objectives: •Make students aware of the existence, value and use of the authoritative sources for the literature in these social sciences. •Point out the value of controlled vocabulary(subject terms) and detailed records. •Encourage good APA citation style creation. •Note the differences between relevant databases by exploring and extrapolating using one topic.