Introduction to Research Methods

Introduction to Research Methods

Exercise #3 – Building Bibliography for your Literature Review
This is a continuation of Exercise #2. Please refer back to that assignment before completing this part. This exercise will also be the basis of your literature review.

Finding Sociological Journal Articles in Electronic Databases – Do after class session in library and Exercise #2.

? Topic: Think of a topic from the list below.

1. Race and Ethnicity
• Racial Segregation in Cities
• The Correlation between Class and Race
• [insert race] Education Levels
• Interracial Marriage Then and Now
• Racial Stereotypes and their Affects

2. Mass Media
• How [insert from below] are Presented in the Media
Young Women
Young Men
Disabled Individuals
The Mentally Challenged
• The Media’s Target and Portrayal for Profit
• What Commercials Play at What Times During the Day? [Also, which channels do they play on?]
• Who consumes the most [insert genre] music?
• Sexuality and Disney Movies
• Romantic Comedies and Women
• Gym, Tan, Laundry: A Study of Jersey Shore and its Viewers
• Children’s Television
• Ratings and New Technologies: How Youth Watch Television

3. Youth Cultures
• Hip Hop Culture in the 80′s, 90′s and 2000′s
• Punk: Anarchy, Rebellion and Revolution
• Extreme Sport Culture: Surf, Skate and Snow
• How Adolescents are Affected by the Media
• “Emo” Culture
• Mean Girls: A Study of Competition between Young Women
• Jock Culture
• At-Risk Youth and Deviant Behavior
• Messages Promoted in [insert genre here] Music
• Masculinity and Femininity in High School
• Cliques and Outcasts: A Study of a High School Social Structure
• Bullying
• Cyber Bullying
• Sex and Adolescents

4. Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
• Wages for Men and Women
• Genderized Occupations: Nurses and Contractors
• Women in the Workplace
• Transgendered Individuals
• Homosexuality and How it is Portrayed in the Media
• “Coming Out”: Feared or Loved
• The Gender Bias: How Men and Women are Treated Differently in Law, Media, and Social Interactions
• Anorexia and Women
• Gender Stereotypes in [media/workplace/region]
• The Feminist Revolution
• Women’s Rights and Movements
• The White (Man’s) House

5. Social Movements
• The Civil Rights Movement
• The Feminist Movement
• Occupy Wall Street
• Animal Rights Movement
• The French Revolution
• Nazism
• Prohibition
• Tea Party Movement
• Disability Rights Movement
• Fair Trade Movement
• Ethiopian Movement
• Human Rights
• Anti-Nuclear Movement

6. Class Conflict and Inequalities
• Class and Geographical Segregation
• Ghettos and Gated Neighborhoods
• Food in Rich and Poor Areas
• Schools in Low Income Neighborhoods
• Taxes and Wages
• The Affects of the Ghetto on Youth
• The “Ghetto” Cycle: A Study of Recidivism and No Opportunities
• Wealth and Race
• City Funding and District Zones
? Search: Using the library web site do a search of the Sociological Abstracts database and find five social science journal articles about your topic that are no more than ten years old. Most of your articles should report on a study (this means that the authors collected new data or did an analysis of available data to answer a specific research question or test a hypothesis). Try not to include completely theoretical pieces or literature reviews.

? Report: Choose one of the articles that reports on your chosen topic in full text. Print out a copy of the first page to hand in with your report (I do not want the whole article). Your report should be brief (no more than one page long) and include the following components (please number them on your report):

1. Do web search on the journal title and go to the journal’s web page and report the following about the journal:
a. Who is the publisher?
b. Does the publication process involve peer-review? (You can usually figure this out by looking at the instructions for submission and/or for authors/contributors).
c. How did you determine whether it was peer-reviewed journal?

2. A brief summary of the article including the:
a. hypotheses or research questions
b. methodology
c. major findings (2-3 sentences)

3. Search for the article on Google Scholar
a. How many times has this article been cited?
b. Are there any articles in the “cited by” list that could be useful if you were writing a paper on this topic?

Organize your report using the outline numbering that corresponds to each item above. You may use direct quotes from the article for the items in part two. Be sure to properly cite them by putting them in quotation marks and providing the page number in parentheses following the quote.

? Bibliography: List the complete citations for all of the five articles you identified in the search step. Make sure your citations are alphabetized (but not numbered) and in proper ASA citation format. Do not cut and paste from the database. They are not in proper citation format. There is no need to include electronic citation info (i.e. “Retrieved on (date), web address, etc.).

For more information about proper ASA format go to our Moodle site and see

? Remember: attach a copy of the first page of the article to your report.


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