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SOC 301 Qualitative Research Methods: Sociology: Getting Started

SOC 301 Qualitative Research Methods : 2016

Some examples of a qualitative research project

Use these links to learn more about writing a qualitative research paper.


This Guide presents authoritative resources for your Sociology research for "Qualitative Research Methods." The Library component of Sociology 301 is designed to introduce you to some of these resources and services. This pathfinder is designed to compliment the library session and provide you a permanent guide to the resources you were introduced to in the session.

During the class it was mentioned that beginning with Background Reference sources is a good way to start, so in this Guide start on that page. Then advance to the Articles page to access the appropriate databases for finding academic, scholarly articles.

If you have difficulty finding what you need, or don't know where to begin, feel free to ask a librarian. You can usually find a  librarian at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor. The Reference Desk is staffed more than 60 hours each week. You can also reach us by phone (516-877-3574).

Your Virtual Library

You can access Alicat, the library catalog, as well as our databases and journals from home. Just use your Adelphi universal login and password.

Research Tip

The resources on the following pages were selected because they are useful for qualitative research in sociology--in particular, qualitative research methods.  The resources include reference e-books, article databases that contain relevant academic peer reviewed journals, and reliable websites. When dealing with statistics, you need the most recent figures, and locating authoritative websites will be be critical.

  • Your faculty member only wants to see valid, reliable, authoritative, sources for your research.  That means sources written by experts or scholars who have credentials in the field that they are writing about.
  • Keep in mind that using Google and Wikipedia as starting points may not offer the best results.  Keep in mind Google will give you thousands of hits but many will not be academically sound. Wikipedia is great for an overall outline of a topic, but content may not be authoritative.  

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