This page is for students in Sociology 260/ Religious Studies 262 with Prof. Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme. It provides information on how to find and access research for the final research paper.
To find peer-reviewed academic articles try searching any of the following
There are some top journals in your area of study. It may prove helpful to browse the table of contents of these journals for articles that may be useful or topic ideas.
Reading Journal Articles
To effectively read AND understand a journal article, you will need to read it three times as follows:
1. Skim the source to get an overview of the material and use a strategy like the IMRAD Format to assess the content in the article.
2. Read the article backwards, section by section, beginning with the conclusion. This read is to check and see if the conclusions make sense given the methods and core questions to be addressed, and if the research is supported by the literature review.
3. Read the article one final time from beginning to end and take detailed notes.
Be selective about what your read – there is no need to read all of each and every work your choose. Decide what is essential and leave the rest.
Manage your energy—active reading can be tiring. Give yourself breaks between chapters or articles.
Paul N. Edwards has written a useful guide to active academic reading called “How to Read”.
These guides can help you with your writing style & formatting citations.