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Sociology Research Guide

Finding Background Information
Use these sources to gain familiarity with your topic, narrow your research question, provide context, and identify experts.

Choosing a Topic
Taking the time to carefully choose and refine your topic can save you significant time and effort later in your research.

Primary and Secondary Sources in Social Sciences

Primary sources = Original Research

  • Written by the researcher(s) who performed the research study
  • Should include sections detailing how the research was performed such as methodology, data, results, and discussion/conclusions

Secondary sources = Summarize, Review or Compare

  • Authors did not conduct the research studies which are mentioned or cited in the article themselves
  • Purpose is to summarize, review, or compare the published research on a specific topic