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Annual Reviews quite helpful for gaining insight into the major scholarly preoccupations of a field.
Concept Mapping Tools
Concept mapping is a great strategy to use as you develop your thesis. Within academia, concept mapping is most often used as a pedagogical tool to enhance student learning or as a tool to help facilitate the research process. In the professional world, concept mapping typically works as a tool for managing complexity. No matter the purpose, concept mapping emphasizes relational thinking and can help you see the connections (or lack thereof) between the various elements of your research.
Examples of Concept Mapping as a Learning Tool
Urban Space and Social Theory
Shakespeare Virtual Field Trip
Example of Concept Mapping as a Tool for Managing Complexity
NASA's Concept Map for Mars Exploration
Concept mapping can be done with pencil and paper, or you can make use of computer software programs.
Freely available software:
21st Century Sociology by
Call Number: Click on the title above for online access.
Publication Date: 2006
Focuses on knowledge garnered in traditional areas of sociological inquiry, as well as documenting the general orientation of the newer and currently emerging areas of sociological inquiry.
Encyclopedia of Social Theory by
Publication Date: 2005
Examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them and presents them in the context needed to understand the strengths and weaknesses of all the key areas of the discipline.
A Dictionary of Sociology by
Call Number: ebook
Publication Date: 2009
Wide-ranging and authoritative, this sociology dictionary is the most informative of its kind.