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Social Science

What is social science? What kind of research happens in social science? How is it different from other disciplines?

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Databases: Web of Science, Social Science Citation Index and ERIC (EBSCOhost)

  • Open a tab on your web browser for database searching.
  • Open another tab for the Search Strategy Builder section of a Research Starter Guide
  • Open Word Document and save it as an In-Class Assignment
  • If you want to be given a research question, go to this Google Doc and copy a Research Question that you like into  your Word Document
  • If you want to use your own research question, type it in at the top of your document.
  • Everyone should then copy the text from the following set of questions and instructions, and paste it into your Word Document underneath the research question. You'll answer the questions and follow any directions given. The questions fall into the sections SEARCH, IDENTIFY AND SUMMARIZE, and EVALUATION.



  1. What is your Boolean search statement?
  2. Are the results for your topic too narrow or too broad?
  3. How many results did you get?
  4. If you have a set that seems to have enough relevant items, select one article. if you don't have a relevant result, modify your search. This is your criteria for the article you choose:
    1. The article should be relevant to your topic
    2. This article should have been published within the last 10 years
    3. This article should have full text, either in the database or via the “find it @ UGA” button.
  5. Type in the citation for the article in APA format. The librarian will assist the class, but you can also use this page at the Owl at Pudue APA guide for help. You'll probably want either the format for either "Article From an Online Periodical with DOI Assigned" OR "Article From an Online Periodical with no DOI Assigned".


  1. What is the problem or question? 
  2. What kind of research are they doing? 
  3. What tools are they using?  
  4. What did they conclude?


  1. Based on the class lecture/discussion, what are your observations about your article?