The article you use for your assignment should meet the following requirements:
□ Published in the last five to ten years: You want to build on the latest, greatest findings in your area of interest.
□ Relevant to social science: Use a journal article database (see Finding Articles section below) to find an article that explores your topic related to work pandemics (i.e., COVID-19) from a sociological perspective. For instance, a research study on the socioeconomic toll that COVID-19 has had on Canadian parents will be much more relevant than a study on recommended medical treatments.
□ Peer-reviewed: Published in an academic journal that has other academics review research articles before they are published. Watch Peer Review in 3 Minutes for an overview of how this process works.
□ Original research: Articles should be reporting results from an original research study. The format of these articles will typically include:
This assignment is asking you to think about how previous research can inform a potential sociological study relating to a world pandemic (i.e., COVID-19).
As the following video illustrates, reviewing existing literature on a topic is an important part of developing an academic research study:
It can take years to get a research article published and some areas of research are explored more than others, so the articles you find might not be on the exact same topic that interests you. That's okay. Just make sure that the articles you use can help to frame your interest into a research question and new area of sociological investigation.
Here's a video that helps to explain how to approach a research topic when looking for sources:
Search for your article using the Library's main social science article databases listed below:
*You may also want to try other Library databases. Use the Type and Subject drop-down menus to find relevant options.