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SOC1020: Social Problems: Getting Started

Getting Help

While you can always contact me to set up a time to discuss your research, sometimes you just need a quick answer to point you in the right direction.

The Research Help tab on the library website offers a number of options for getting help with your questions:

Social Problems

"This course presents fundamental sociological concepts and analyzes major problems of contemporary society, including micro and macro social causes of these problems. We will examine the individual and structural components of society that contextualize behavior while exploring topics such as but not limited to: the social construction and dissemination of power; poverty; racism; ethnic conflict; gendered inequalities; the environment; suburban and urban life; drugs and crime; social deviance; health and body-related issues; the family; and, educaitonal inequality. In addition, we will examine "facts", theories, and methods Sociologists use in the study of social problems. Last, we will also consider how other Nations address problems that are familiar in the United States."

William Paterson University
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Doing research on a new topic can show you what others in your field have discovered about a given topic. Not only does this information help you to better understand your topic, but it can also give you a framework on which to build your own, unique research.

It's important to look at a variety of resources, rather than focusing on just one or two.  These can often include books and encyclopedias, scholarly articles and sometimes Internet resources (ALWAYS check with your professor before using these, though).

This guide will provide you with tips for effectively locating these types of information through the Library website, and provide you with some specific resources to consult.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you have, or to set up a time to meet one-on-one for help with your research.

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