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SOCI 3217: Law and Society

Prof. Debbie Becher, Fall 2023

About this guide

""Welcome!  This page highlights key resources for conducting effective research for Prof. Debbie Becher's course, Law and Society.

This guide highlights key resources for conducting effective information research in sociology, including the following: 

  • Reference sources to find background information on your topic
  • Catalogs to search for books in print and online
  • Databases for locating scholarly journal articles
  • Reliable sources of data and statistics
  • Database for locating news articles, transcripts, and videos
  • Resources for citing your sources and writing in sociology
  • Tips to to help keep textbook costs down

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation.

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Image: Courtroom gavel by onaeg news agency, via Wikimedia Commons

Background information

Consult scholarly reference sources to get an overview of a topic, an introduction to a theory, definitions to discipline-specific terms, and more.