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Sociology Research Guide

Use this guide to find UNO library resources and other helpful research tools.

Sample Search Terms

These sample search terms can be used for inspiration in picking a topic, or for brainstorming possible terms to search for in databases or the library catalog. It's important to think about synonyms when searching. Use these as a jumping off point.

Sample Search Terms - Popular Culture

Popular Culture

  • Art works
  • Black community
  • Censorship
  • Conservatives
  • Consumerism
  • Consumption
  • Cultural conflict
  • Cultural pluralism
  • Films
  • Identity
  • Liberals
  • Libraries
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Neoliberalism
  • Plays
  • Popular culture
  • Professional sports
  • Programming (broadcast)
  • Social change
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Television
  • Western civilization
  • Youth

Sample Search Terms - Research Methods

Subject Headings for Research Methods 

  • Analysis
  • Assessment
  • Case management
  • Case studies
  • Causality
  • Classification
  • Clinical case studies
  • Clinical trial
  • Correlation
  • Data
  • Data quality
  • Demographic characteristics
  • Dependent variable
  • Empirical study
  • Ethnography
  • Evaluation
  • Experiment
  • Experimental replication
  • Experimental study
  • Factors
  • Followup study
  • Generalization
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Independent variable
  • Instrument
  • Interviews
  • Literature review
  • Longitudinal study
  • Mathematical model
  • Measures
  • Meta-analysis
  • Methodology
  • Methodology (data collection)
  • Non-clinical case study
  • Problem solving
  • Procedures
  • Program evaluation
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Questionnaires
  • Random sample
  • Replication
  • Research
  • Research design
  • Research methodology
  • Retrospective study
  • Review
  • Review of the literature
  • Risk assessment
  • Sample size
  • Scale
  • Sociological research
  • Statistics
  • Strategies
  • Studies
  • Study
  • Surveys
  • Systematic review
  • Test construction
  • Test validity
  • Theories
  • Treatment outcome
  • Variables

Sample Search Terms - Disasters

Disasters

  • Abuse
  • African Americans
  • Black Americans
  • Case management
  • Causality
  • Children
  • Cities
  • City planning
  • Civil society
  • Civilizing process
  • Class
  • Colonialism
  • Comparative analysis
  • Correctional system
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Crises
  • Data quality
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Disaster relief
  • Disaster response
  • Ethnic identity
  • Ethnicity
  • Ethnography
  • Evacuees
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Intergroup relations
  • Interviews
  • Law
  • Legal procedure
  • Low income groups
  • Management
  • Mass media
  • Mass media images
  • Methodological problems
  • Methodology (data collection)
  • Natural disasters
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Norms
  • Occupational stress
  • Organizational structure
  • Police
  • Policy reform
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Poverty
  • Power
  • Prejudice
  • Prisoners
  • Program evaluation
  • Public administration
  • Public policy
  • Public sector, private sector
  • Public services
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative methods
  • Race
  • Racism
  • Refugees
  • Research ethics
  • Research methodology
  • Research responses
  • Resilience
  • Risk assessment
  • Shelters
  • Social change
  • Social constructionism
  • Social control
  • Social inequality
  • Social networks
  • Social response
  • Sociological research
  • Sociological theory
  • Stereotypes
  • Stress
  • Surveys
  • Trauma
  • Urban sociology

Sample Search Terms - Gender and Work

Gender and Work

  • African American women - employment
  • Career development - sex differences
  • Clergy - United States - sex differences
  • College graduates - United States - Social conditions
  • Corporate culture
  • East Indian American women - economic conditions
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Equality
  • Families
  • Families - economic aspects
  • Family policy
  • Family policy - cross cultural studies
  • Fathers
  • Feminist theory
  • Foreign workers - United States
  • Globalization
  • Globalization - case studies
  • Hispanic American women - employment
  • Home labor
  • Home labor - Asia - case studies
  • Hours of labor
  • Job stress - health aspects
  • Labor disputes
  • Laundry industry
  • Leadership
  • Leadership in women
  • Leadership - social aspects
  • Male nurses
  • Male employees
  • Management - philosophy
  • Minority women - employment
  • Mothers
  • Mothers - employment
  • Organizational behavior - sex differences
  • Part-time employment - united states
  • Pay equity
  • Power (social sciences)
  • Professional employees
  • Race discrimination
  • Sex differences in education
  • Sex discrimination against women
  • Sex discrimination against women - developing countries
  • Sex discrimination in employment
  • Sex role
  • Sex role in the work environment
  • Sex role - economic aspects
  • Sexism
  • Sexism - developing countries
  • Sexual division of labor
  • Sexual harassment of women
  • Social classes
  • Social movements
  • Social policy
  • Stereotypes (Social Psychology)
  • Temporary employment
  • United States Marine Corps - Women
  • Wages - women - United States
  • Welfare state
  • Women - employment - developing countries
  • Women - developing countries - social conditions
  • Women - employment
  • Women - employment - history
  • Women - United States - economic conditions
  • Women and the military
  • Women employees
  • Women engineers - psychological aspects
  • Women executives
  • Women government executives - salaries, etc.
  • Women in journalism
  • Women in the civil services - salaries, etc. - United States
  • Women labor union members
  • Women lawyers
  • Women’s rights
  • Women - government policy
  • Work and family
  • Work sharing - United States
  • Working class
  • Working class women