Depending on your topic idea, you'll want to find background information, perhaps from an encyclopedia. Why? Encyclopedias can help you to:
Use the Annual Review of Sociology to find overview essays or literature reviews that will list all of the important articles and books on a topic. These essays are incredibly useful starting points
In addition to the titles listed above the library has some databases that you can search for more 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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