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SOCL 229: Black America in Sociological Perspective (BMC)

Professor Washington; Fall 2019

Brainstorming ideas for book review

Before you begin to search Tripod for the book for your book review, do some brainstorming! Think about what you've read for this course or other courses that is a specific focus within the field of deviance studies. What sounds interesting?

If you want to browse the shelves, you can always go to the shelves in Canaday - HM is General Sociology, many books about deviance will be in the HV section.

You can also use the book below to browse for topics or read short entries on topics you are considering. If you have an idea already, use the Encyclopedia below to read the entry on your idea topic - each entry includes a list of books at the end, one of which may be new enough for this assignment.

Finding Books for your Book Review

When you search Tripod, 

  • Set the search for "Books and Media" so that you aren't overwhelmed by article results, use "Resource Type" to limit to only books (which will include print and electronic books)
  • Begin by searching for Sociology and Your Topic as keywords, for example: "sociology bullying"
  • Use the Date option on the left-side filters to limit to books published in the last 5 years 
  • Use the author information and the abstract to try to determine the author's discipline, since the book should be written by a social scientist (which may include sociology, anthropology, criminology)

Remember, you can request books from Haverford and Swarthmore. They should arrive within 1 day. You'll need to log in to Tripod to request.

If there is a specific title that you are interested in that is not available from any TriCo school, you can request it through EZBorrow or Interlibrary Loan, which may take longer.