1. Watch the following Refworks video to learn or refresh your Refworks skills.
2. Create or log into your Refworks account.
3. Brainstorm a few keywords for your research topic, then search the library database SocINDEX with them. Find 3 articles relevant to your topic, and export those articles from SocINDEX to Refworks. (If the articles aren't perfect it's fine - we will talk about more search tips to get better results and additional databases in your lab session).
4. Reflect on different mechanisms scholars use to communicate with each other - we will discuss in this class.
Here is a good, basic formula for getting started with your research:
Search approximately 300 million books, scholarly articles, newspaper articles, data, digital audio, digital video, digital images, government documents and more. It draws from the library catalog (OBIS), many of the full text and article indexing databases, as well as digital repositories from colleges, universities, research centers, and other open-access archives on the web.