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SOC3100 Research Methods (Herda)


This guide was created for you in an effort to help you find credible, scholarly resources for your SOC 3100 Research Methods course assignments. The information contained in this guide will directly relate to you work in SOC 3100 Research Methods. Use the tabs on the side to locate the information you need.  If you don't find what you are looking for or need help navigating this guide, don't hesitate to contact a McQuade Librarian. 

SOC3100 Library Instruction Goals

Learn how to access and navigate your course research guide

Learn how to contact a librarian and make an appointment for a research consultation

Determine which library resources best meet your research needs

Learn how to develop an effective search in order to gather information suitable for upper-level college research

Selected Library Search Tools for SOC3100


Think of MackSearch like Google, but created specifically for McQuade- easy searching but with more credible results. MackSearch does a combination search of the NOBLE Catalog as well as most of our databases, so typically you'll get a lot a results back. This can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, but fortunately, you have several options to refine and limit your results list to find exactly what you're looking for. In MackSearch you'll find books, e-books, journal articles, streaming media, news briefs, and more.      

NOBLE Catalog

Use the NOBLE Catalog to find books, e-books, dvds, and streaming videos from McQuade, as well as the 26 other libraries in our consortium (NOBLE). If another library has something you want, request it through interlibrary loan (ILL) at no charge and pick it up at the Help Desk on the first floor when it arrives.


SocINDEX is a database that offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study. Use SocINDEX to search by keyword and sociological thesaurus terms for articles on all sociology topics with full text from 300 journals plus books, monographs and conference papers.

ProQuest's Sociology Database

Use ProQuest's Sociology Database to find international literature of sociology and social work, including journals and over 500 dissertations that may not be included in MackSearch.


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