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Locating Literature Reviews
A review of previous studies can be a good place to begin. These can be easily located by searching for "literature review" or "essay" as a search term. Some databases will also include literature reviews as a document type.
Browse Recent Issues of a Journal
Browsing hte table of contents of a good journal can also help your develop your research topic. In this example, the journal Violence Against Women can be found from the Journals A to Z tab. This will link you to either a database or the publisher's webpage where you can review recent issues.
Here are the titles of some of the articles in the March 2012 issue
To Whom Do College Women Confide Following Sexual Assault? A Prospective Study of Predictors of Sexual Assault Disclosure and Social Reactions
School-Based Sexual Violence Among Female Learners With Mild Intellectual Disability in South Africa
An Intergenerational Women’s Empowerment Intervention to Mitigate Domestic Violence: Results of a Pilot Study in Bengaluru, India
Use Background Sources
Subject encyclopedias, textbooks and recent books can all provide a good place to generate ideas for a research topic. Most of these sources will provide suggested sources to help you get started. Things to look for...
- Chapters in a book (newer books in the Cheng Online Catalog will include and search table of contents)
- eBooks will allow your to easily skim the content of a book
- The Online Catalog may also suggest similar titles for you to examine
- Click on the book title to view the descriptive information. Notice the subject headings and click on those.
In this example the book, Gender and Sexuality: Sociological Appoaches includes a chapter discussing patriarchy.
Gender and Sexuality
Call number: HQ1075 .R34 2010
Table of Contents:
pt. 1. The Development of Sociological Thought on Gender and Sexuality. 1. The Trouble with 'Nature'; 2. Sociological Challenges to Essentialism
pt. 2. Inequalities and Social Structure. 3. Gender, Sexuality and Structural Inequality ; 4. The Idea of Patriarchy ; 5. Rethinking Gendered and Sexual Inequalities
pt. 3. Culture, Ideology and Discourse. 6. Gender and Sexuality as Cultural Constructs ; 7. Critical Perspectives on Knowledge ; 8. The Complexity of Contemporary Culture
pt. 4. Self, Identity and Agency. 9. The Socialization Paradigm and its Critics ; 10. Becoming Gendered and Sexual ; 11. Sexual Selves in Global Late Modernity
pt. 5. Conclusion. 12. Power, Politics, Identities and Social Change.