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Sociology of Gender Research Guide

This is a general guide for students interested in locating information about sociology of gender using library resources available at LPC.  You'll find suggestions for locating journal articles for your Sociology 4 and Sociology 6 assignment and pointers to sources on creating a Reference List in the APA style.

Please contact a reference librarian if you need further assistance. 

Literature Review Topics

When conducting your research on one of these topics, keep in mind your presentation and how you might discuss the reasons (i.e. the variables or issues) that influence the outcome (i.e. what affects the lives of ordinary people). Below are three broad topic areas. I have offered suggestions below for how you might want to narrow this topic. Remember. You will need to share your knowledge about this "sub" topic in 5 minutes. I advise you to really narrow down your search to make this manageable. The librarians are available to help you with your database searches as are the tutors in the tutoring center.


Review of the Literature: Topics

When conducting your research on one of these topics, keep in mind your Powerpoint presentation and how you might discuss/present the conclusions of the scholars in the field. The explanations (i.e. the social forces or variables) that influence the outcome of a social problem or group pattern of behavior.  

The list below are the main topics. This list is not comprehensive yet gives you a starting point for delving into subtopics for your literature review and PowerPoint slides. I am also open to other ideas should you wish to research another topic related to our course; but you must check with me first. 


A) Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment (in society, in the military, in corporate cultures, etc)

B) Weapons and Culture of Violence (mass shootings, increases in murder rates, suicide, etc.)

C) Hate Crimes (cyber-bullying, LGBTQ communities, immigrant communities, etc.)

D) Topics in text chapters not being covered in the course this semester


One way to guide your database searches might be asking:

What are the effects of ____________ on families, teens, college students, cancer patients or those with chronic pain, marriages, men or women as a group? This list is not exhaustive of the effects of a social issue/problem that impacts group patterns of behavior. 

Keep your search questions simple and specific. You get more focused results. 

And, you may want to start your search in our own textbook from chapters that I am not covering. Here you can find academic journal articles that have been mentioned in the text. Plus, your thinking will be guided by theoretical explanations answering the how and why and what are the results questions. 

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