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SCS 224 (Campus) - Social Science Research Methods

This guide serves as a research companion to the ON-CAMPUS course SCS-224 titled "Social Science Research Methods" taught by Professor Christine Clamp.

Welcome to the SCS-224 Research Guide!

What's in this guide?

This guide is your one-stop library resource for scholarly and non-scholarly books and eBooks, databases and journals, web resources, research tips and tools, career information, and more to support your assignments in SCS 224! In this guide, you'll also find information on library services, tools, and other web resources to help you conduct your research project, create your presentation, cite your sources, submit a proposal to Undergraduate Research Day, and more.

Where to get help?

Use the blue buttons on the left to navigate through the guide and find what you need. Ask a reference librarian if you need additional assistance via email ( or by using the yellow "Chat 24/7 with a Librarian" button on the library home page. Additionally, you can make an appointment (any length... 5 minutes to an hour+) to meet virtually or in-person with the Social Sciences Liaison Librarian, Karin Heffernan, by emailing

A word about sources...

Social Sciences are fascinating and varied. Often, you'll find that the core resources (databases) below contain the information you need for your research project. However, you will want to look at websites from non-profit organizations in the field as well as government agency websites for sources of information and data.

Social Science Resources

For most topics and research questions in Social Sciences, you'll find the resources below helpful. Icons indicate what kind of resources are included in each database. Because the Social Sciences span across other disciplines, you will see databases listed below for specific areas that may not apply to all Social Science topics but do apply to topics frequently selected by students for research in SCS 224.

Databases - Related to Social Science topics

All Shapiro Library databases are available from the A-Z Database List link in the Quick Links box or from the Find Articles, eBooks & More tab on the library home page. 

Shapiro Library Multi-Search

Video tutorial on using the Multi-Search


Search for books, articles, and more:

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Social Science Professional Associations

Types of Social Science Sources

There are many sources you will encounter as you research in psychology. These sources have different characteristics. Take care to match the sources you use to your projects.

Types of Psychology Sources
Publication Type Examples Content Authors Audience Reviewed by
Academic Journals

Journal of Cultural Research

Social Change Review

Original research, In-depth, Specific, Sources cited Scholars and Practitioners Scholars, Industry Professionals, Students Scholars (Peer Review)
Popular News and Magazines

Mother Jones
Ms. Magazine

Shorter, uncited articles on topics of general interest, Advertisements Journalists General Public Editors
Case Studies

Academic Search Ultimate
(Limit to Case Study in Advanced Search)

Detailed examination and analysis of a specific case Scholars and Practitioners Scholars, Industry Professionals, Students Scholars (Peer Review)
Government Information

U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development

Research, Health Guidelines Government Agencies, including NIH and CDC Scholars, Students Government Agencies

Google Scholar 

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.

Each result in a Google Scholar Search has options beneath it including: Citation for the article in 5 formats & export to various citation managers; "Cited by" lists all the articles written more recently that cite the article; and related articles. If the full text is available, it will appear as a link to the right of the citation. The link below demonstrates how to connect Google Scholar to the Shapiro Library databases. Google Scholar searches may be narrowed down by date in the left margin of the results list.

Google Scholar Search

Semantic Scholar

Like Google Scholar, Semantic Scholar searches scholarly publications of all kinds. They are "a free AI-powered research tool for scientific literature based at the Allen Institute for AI." Their mission "is to accelerate scientific breakthroughs by helping scholars locate and understand the right research, make important connections, and overcome information overload. Semantic Scholar is... open and free for all to use... and they actively collaborate with industry partners... to provide open access to relevant scientific research." Search using the link below.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If you locate sources that are not available in the library databases, you may request them through Interlibrary Loan and the library will provide them to you for free. The link to request something through ILL is in the Quick Links box on the library home page.