SOC 230: Sociology of Marriage & Family: Journal

Professor Marianne Goodfellow, Fall 2015.

Where to Begin

The databases listed to the right will lead you to journal articles on the sociology of the family.

A good starting point: Social Sciences Full Text.

Image: Mother, son.  Jason Regan. CC BY 2.0. Wikimedia Commons.

How Do I Find Full-Text?

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Identify a Scholarly Journal Article

How Can I Tell?

Almost all of the library's databases will allow you to limit to academic/scholarly, or peer-reviewed journals.  Limiting to academic/scholarly, however, is imperfect:  You'll also retrieve professional journals.  Some professors consider these scholarly; others don't.  

Ask your professor to clarify this.

How can you tell what it is you found? You'll need to look for clues.  None of these clues may be consistently applied--taken together, however, they can get you close.  

  • Journal in the journal title.  You can't apply this clue blindly-- Ladies' Home Journal is not scholarly.
  • Subject specific terminology or language within the article title.
  • High page numbers.  Typically scholarly journals continuously paginate January through December.  Thus, after the publication of the first volume, you'll see high page numbers. This is an important clue--probably the one you can count on most.  Still, imperfect.
  • References or Works Cited within the article.  Again, imperfect.  Look for other clues.
  • Abstract is contained within the article (useful only if you can pull up the full-text of the article)  Again, imperfect.
  • Authors identified within the article as having come from a university, college, or research facility.  Imperfect.  Look for other clues.

Still unsure?  Check Ulrich's Periodicals Directory for the definitive word on whether your source is scholarly or general.

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