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SOC 211 Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence - Epperson - Fall 2022

Use this guide for help in finding scholarly, peer-reviewed articles in the field of sociology

How to Use this Guide

Start by examining the information provided below.

You'll find links to information about scholarly articles and the peer review process. You'll also find some tips for effective searching. 


Then, move on to the Resources tab on the left menu.

There you will find search tools that specialize in finding scholarly sources.

Some Background Information

Review these two quick tutorials before you begin your search.

Tips for Effective Searching

When searching in any of the databases, use these tips for powerful searches:


  • Break your search into main concepts

Separate those main concepts with the word and

​Here's an example search string:

opioids and public health


  • Once you get a result list, use the limiters or filters to refine your search. 

In almost all of the databases, you can limit or filter by 


Pay attention to the requirements of your assignment and make sure your limits match what you are looking for!


  • For your assignment, it is important to find articles from the field of sociology.

Include the word sociology as one of your main concepts or use the Subject limit to narrow your results to sociology.

For example, you could try:

opioids and public health and sociology


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