Sociology 4: Social Problems (Ely)


Chances are that you only have a broad idea of what you want to write about. Using the sources under "Getting Started" can help you focus your topic.

An important step is the think about what kinds of words you might use to search for information on your topic.  Let's say that you're interested in issues surrounding access to healthcare in prisons. 

  • Begin by identifying your main concepts, in this case healthcare and prisons.
  • Then think about all of the possible words (terms) that could be used to describe each concept

medical care

healthcare prisoners
health care inmates
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