Depending on your topic idea, you'll want to find background information, perhaps from an encyclopedia. Why? Encyclopedias can help you to:
The the library has some databases that you can search for encyclopedia and handbook information.
You may want to get an idea of how much information exists on your topic idea and what kinds of things sociologists are writing about it. It can be useful to do a quick search in the following databases:
Try searching the Library Catalog, Albert for books.
Try Sociological Abstracts for journal articles
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