Your librarian created this research guide to help you find resources for your Sociology Library Assignment. Use the menu tabs to navigate to each page on the guide. These are the guide pages:
Topic:Immigration: Links to resources about the topic of immigration and crime.
Topic: Healthcare: Links to resources about the topic of healthcare and government.
Topic: Income and Wealth Inequality: Links to resources about the topic of the wealth gap in the U.S.
MLA Citation Style: Learn how to cite different types of resources in MLA format.
Essay Prompt: Immigration, healthcare, and the national wealth gap have become three of the more pressing issues in American political discourse, with a range of opinions. While opinions on these issues range in perspective, there are undeniable facts that should not be ignored. The goal of this assignment is for students to be able to identify one of the aforementioned topics, craft an argument, and use peer-reviewed research to support their argument.
Assignment: Using some combination of academic journal articles, books, policy briefs, or government data, craft an argument around one of the aforementioned topics (immigration, healthcare, or the national wealth gap). Your essay should state the problem that will be discussed, your stance on the topic, supporting arguments, and a conclusion.
Recognizing different types of resources is one of the first steps to becoming an expert researcher. Here are some resource types you'll use for this assignment:
Reference Information: This can be from dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other short, informational sources. Reference sources are the first step in research because they make you more informed about the context of a topic. However, since they include such basic information they are not the types of sources you cite in your paper. Useful for: Basic, factual information which helps you understand your topic better.
Academic Journals/Articles: Academic articles are published in academic journals. These are also called peer-reviewed or scholarly articles. They are written by experts in a field and reviewed by other experts in the same field before being published. They will include a description of the research design (methodology) and findings from the research conducted. Useful for: High-quality, in-depth study of a narrow topic.
Books: These can also be written by experts in a field, but do not go through the same peer-review process as academic journals. Useful for: Broad overviews of a topic and theoretical analysis of a topic.
Data and Statistics: You can often find data and statistics from government websites, non-profit organizations, and other research organizations. Data usually refers to raw numbers resulting from some study. Statistics are often in the form of tables, charts, and graphs and are the result of analyzing raw data.
Other Resources: You may also find things like reports or policy briefings from government agencies or non-profit organization and newspaper articles from reputable news sources.