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SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology: Class Activities

Discussion Questions for Article Anatomy

How can an abstract help you decide if an article will be useful?

What sorts of graphics are typically included in a research article?

How long do you imagine it took for the author(s) to perform the research described in their Methods section?

Which section other than the abstract would you read first, to get a sense of the usefulness of the article?

Discussion Questions for Review of References

What types of sources seem to be most commonly cited by scholars in sociology?

Why do you think these types of sources are most commonly cited?

Are these types of sources more authoritative or trustworthy? Why? Are there other reasons why these types of sources might be more cited than others?

Are there any types of sources that rarely seem to be cited in the field?

What did you learn in this activity that may be relevant to you while working on your sociology assignment? Both in terms of the sources you will incorporate into your own research, and in how you might share your own research with others?

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