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SOC 3130: Basic Skills Social Research (Arend): Home

For students in Professor Patricia Arend's Basic Skills of Social Research (SOC3130) class.

From Your Library Instruction Session

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APA Resources

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Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): APA Style

Purdue University's OWL gives clear brief examples for almost every APA style question. Try it out!

Frequently Asked Questions about APA Style

A good place to find quick answers to questions such as: How do I format an entry for a book review in my Reference List? How do I cite a webpage that has no author? Not as complete as Purdue, but very easy to use.

APA Style Guide to Electronic References 

A supplement to the APA Manual, available in PDF form online for personal use only.  Provides detailed information for citing electronic resources, with examples and detailed explanations. 

APA Style Blog

When you can't find the answer any place else, check the APA Style Blog. This blog is written by a group of experts, and they publish weekly posts on writing and publishing using APA style. You can search the blog, explore posts by category, and view the most recent posts and comments. 

APA Corrections to Initial Printing of APA Manual 6th Edition

Corrections to the first printing of the 6th edition of the APA Style Guide (July 2009).

APA Style

Additional resources to frequently asked questions about APA formatting.

Databases: Sociology


It is important to practice good research methodology whether you are conducting interviews, administering surveys, or observing subjects.  Consider some of these books to help you develop your own research tools:

  • Interaction and the standardized survey interview : the living questionaire - HM526.H68 2000
  • Interviews : an introduction to qualitative research interviewing - HM48.K9 1996
  • Readings in social research methods - HM571.R4 2001
  • Social research methods - HM571.D66 2001

Finding an Article with a Citation

Very often you will have a citation in hand - either from your professor, or from the bibliography of a book or another article. The easiest way to find the article in question is to use the library's Journal Locator.

Journal Locator

When you enter the name of the journal in which the article appeared, Journal Locator will search all of the library's databases as well as the print collection (located on the 2nd floor), and link you to the content for which you are searching, if it is available.

Writing a Literature Review

One of your assignments is to write a Literature Review. This short overview will show you all the component parts to a Literature Review:

Writing A Literature Review (UC Santa-Cruz)

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