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SOC 210 | Social Problems

Professor Owens

Where Should I Begin?

Good background information may be found in reference sources. 

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  • Dates, timelines, events, people, definitions related to your topic;
  • Statistics;
  • A list of further readings, normally found at the end of encyclopedia articles.  Use these references as springboards for further research.

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