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Sociology: Home

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Nau Mai Haere Mai | Welcome | Afio Mai | Aere Mai | Malo e me'a mai | Fakatalofa atu | Bula | Fakaalofa lahi atu | Ulu tonu mai! This guide is a starting point for studying and researching Sociology at the University of Otago, and connects you to books, article databases & journal, major reference works, and other key sources, as well as information about citing and referencing.

Key resources

Below are some great places to start searching for academic literature on your topic.  Explore the Journals & Databases tab above in the navigation bar for even more database options.

Google Like a Pro

Did you know that there are over 40 search operators that you can use to search  Google more effectively, many of which can be used in  Scholar too?  Here are the top five that I use consistently, plus a Handout that we produced for a workshop for postgrads this year.

Library Postgraduate Sessions via Zoom - 2024, Semester 1

These Library Information Sessions are provided specifically for postgraduate students. All Semester 1 sessions will be held on a Tuesday at 10:30 via Zoom - check below for Semester 1 dates.  For more information and to register book now via this link  ** Check back late June to book for Semester 2 dates*

 

9 April 10:30 - 11:30 Thesis Information For new thesis students:
covers preparation, copyright
compliance, submitting,
and depositing.
16 April 10:30 - 11:30 Introduction to Effective 
Search Strategies
Learn how to search recommended
databases for relevant
literature, and manage
your results.
23 April 10:30 - 12 Introduction to Research
Data Management
Make sense of the complexity
around data storage, description,
re-use and archiving. 
7 May 10:30 - 12 Introduction to Getting
Published
Practical tips for postgraduates.
Learn how to develop a publishing
strategy and identify the right journals
for submission. 
21 May 10:30 - 11:30 Introduction to Researcher
Profiles
Building online profiles to promote
your research, and yourself.
 
11 June 10:30 - 12 Introduction to Research
Impact & Metrics
Understand tools that explain
impact factors and ranking for
what to read, and where to publish. 

Need Help?

There are many ways to get help at the Library

This guide lists key databases and journals you can use for finding articles and books for your assignments. Use keyword and topic searches to find relevant information on your topic.

If you need any help with finding the right information or referencing something correctly, you can contact your Subject Librarian, or use the Self Help guide for tips.

For other questions:

* EXPLORE the Ask Library FAQs, or

* MESSAGE Library staff via LibChat for instant answers during business hours.

You can also:
* VISIT any Library on campus and talk to Library staff
* CALL us on +64 3 479 8910
* EMAIL ask.library@otago.ac.nz with your question



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