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Principles of Sociology Research Guide

This is a guide for Sociology 1 students researching topics related to sociological concepts and theoretical ideas.  Tips for locating reference sources, books, periodical/journal articles, audiovisual materials, and web resources are recommended.

Please contact a reference librarian if you need further assistance. 

Assigned Research Topics

For the final research paper assignment, choose a sociological theory or concept from the following list:

  • Durkheim’s theory of suicide
  • Weber’s theory of social action
  • Marx’s class struggle
  • Hegemony
  • Strain theory
  • Labeling theory
  • Mead’s theory of self
  • Goffman’s dramaturgy
  • The strength of weak ties
  • The McDonaldization of society
  • Weber’s theory of authority (domination)
  • Functionalist and conflict views of social stratification and social inequality
  • Structural racism
  • Doing gender
  • Feminist theory
  • Durkheim’s theory of religion

Research Strategy

  • Read and understand your research assignment.
  • Think about what you already know; review lecture notes and course textbook
  • Do some preliminary research to get a sense of what resources are available for possible topics.
  • Get more background information using reference books
  • Use books for detailed in-depth analysis and history of issue
  • Use magazine and journal articles for current reporting of issue
  • Use the Internet for additional information (don't forget to evaluate your sources!)
  • Cite your sources (create a reference list or works cited page)