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SOCY 3401 Field Methods: Get Started

This is a course guide for Matt Brown's Field Methods sociology course.

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Search Strategy

Think before you search! No matter which search tool you use (databases, Google, etc.), it always helps to have a search strategy. A little planning at the beginning of your research process will save time. 

Think of alternative terms, here are a few examples

  • Undergraduates
    • broader = college students, students, university students, etc.
    • narrower = freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, etc.
  • Police
    • broader = law enforcement, law, etc.
    • narrower = officer, policeman, police woman, etc.

Here are two different versions of the worksheet we used in class:

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