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Research and writing in the disciplines: Social Sciences

Brief descriptions of the thinking and writing most valued by individual disciplines; recommended library databases


The Social Sciences include Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Criminology, Education, Economics, Political Science, Geography and Law among others. Professional and academic writing in the Social Sciences always considers:

  • The dates of material cited. The more current the better.
  • Research methodology. There is a real need to protect human subjects, so these fields often focus on how a topic was researched.
  • Evidence to back up claims: It is particularly important that the writer produces evidence of claims.
  • Writer's analysis: The Social Sciences value how the writer responds to evidence, so paraphrasing is valued over direct quoting.

Research sources

Social Sciences databases:

Education databases:

Psychology databases:

Political science databases:

Links to research guides

These are links to research guides created here at TCC either for a specific discipline or program or for a specific assignment.  They will give you a little deeper understanding of what instructors might require. 

Library guides for Social Sciences:

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