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Finding Peer-Reviewed Research Articles (Empirical Studies) in Sociology Journals

This guide provides suggestions on where and how to look for studies (research) from high quality sociology journals. Options include browsing peer-reviewed sociology journals or searching databases containing sociology studies

Use Google Scholar to Find Useful "Cited by" Articles

While reviewing the References of a relevant article is a powerful way to find earlier (older) research connected to your relevant article - it is also possible to look at research connected to your article that was published more recently and that cites your relevant article.


Review the "Cited by" Options

Finding related research conducted after your relevant article was published.


Another easy way to locate additional research connected to a particularly relevant article is to paste the title of the relevant article into Google Scholar and then click on the "Cited by" option that appears beneath the Google Scholar record for your relevant article.


Suppose you found the article  "To Stay or Quit: A Review of the Literature on Correctional Staff Turnover" by E.G. Lambert was very useful for your project. Copy and paste this title into Google Scholar.

Type the title of a relevant journal article into Google Scholar to see if it has been Cited by other subsequent researchers. Click on the "Cited by" option in the results of your search to access these studies citing your relevant article.



After clicking on "Cited by" you can either browse the articles that cited your relevant article ...

... or you can check the box "Search within citing articles" and type a word, words, or phrase in the "Search citing articles" search bar. This will allow you to search all 19 of the articles for those words.

After clicking on "Cited by" in the results of a Google Scholar search - check the box "Search within citing articles" to full text search these citing articles for a particular topic or keyword.



If Google Scholar does not provide access to the article (in this case it does), paste the title in the library discovery system OneSearch. If neither Google Scholar nor OneSearch provide access to the article - request it through interlibrary loan.