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Resources for your research

Background & Overviews

Don't know where to start?      

Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. -- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

For an introduction to concepts and ideas for research topics, subject Encyclopedias can be useful. For example checkout the following search Sociology Encyclopedias @ RU Libraries  or you may be more specifically interested in reading about social movements - try Encyclopedia of American social movements. The overviews available here can be useful to compare entries from Wikipedia. Rather than citing the overview itself, check out the list of references used in such overviews which may be particularly useful.

Encyclopedias that may help you get started:

  Encyclopedia of Sociology

Try:  CQ Researcher for overviews of issues

Here are the two websites that are useful for finding summaries of major legal cases.

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Planning your Search

What is your research about?

Which words would best capture your topic?

Here is an example about how you may want to plan your search.

To learn more about organizing your search and using Boolean operators, view the presentation here

Find Subject Specific Definitions

The dictionaries listed below and more are available from the Rutgers Libraries. Please check RU Library catalog or run a Call Number Search


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