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.
Social Sciences 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.
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