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SOCI232 - Sociology of Race and Ethnicity - Coole: Research Paper- Introduction

Assignment Goals

Assignment Objectives - Through this paper you will have the opportunity:

  • To take a more in-depth look at how specific minority groups have been impacted by social institutions.
  • To appreciate both the unique and similar issues minority group members face.
  • To appreciate the impact that macro forces have at the micro-level.
  • To assure your ability in locating and reviewing scholarly literature in the field of Race and Ethnic studies.

Things to Keep in Mind

Plan Out Your Time

  • It may take a couple of research sessions to find what you want or need. Use small chunks of time in your day to look for possible sources and save them, even if you aren't sure if you will use them
  • Set aside time to read the articles; think about how well you read online or if you want to print them out (free at Massasoit Libraries!) 
  • Decide on your note taking strategy

Use the Tools Available

  • Library databases have ways to save your articles and citations: email, download, or send to your Google Drive. 
  • The Writing Center is a great place to help you organize your thoughts as you draft your paper

The Library is Here for You

  • Come to campus for a quiet place to work on your paper
  • Use the library to print your articles (no real cost to you)
  • Make an appointment to meet with a librarian in person or online 
  • Review the Research Refresher module in your class for how to search for articles


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