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Web sites, books, and journal articles for your social sciences coursework.

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This page provides tips for choosing the best resources to assist with your social sciences research.

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Resources for Your Social Science Studies

How To Find the Information You Need.

Broad Searches If you want to see large amounts of information - books, journal articles, DVDs and more - and you don’t mind looking at a few things that you might not need, use RTC's OneSearch.

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Focused Searches  When you know exactly what you need.


Not Finding What You Want?

  • Try another way of describing your topic.  Instead of "car" try "automobile". Instead of "movie" try "motion picture".
  • Think about the age of the material you need.
    • If you are researching something that is a established fact, try books or encyclopedias (found in the RTC Catalog), or eBooks (found in Credo Reference or the Community College eBook collection through the RTC Library Database page). Examples of established facts include "early history of Seattle", or "theories of Emile Durkheim".
    • If you are researching something new, like "the latest trends in sociology", try journal and newspaper articles (found in ProQuest on the database page.)


Need More Help?

If you're not sure what you need, or how to begin, come in to the RTC Library, call us at (425) 235-2331, or email us at If it's after hours, try our reference chat service AskWA.  We'll be glad to help!

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