Sociology of Crime: Structural Perspectives

Course #: SY241OC

For Assignment #2

You have been asked to select two articles from scholarly sociology journals on the sociology of crime. Each article should make an original contribution to sociological theory and should not have any quantitative or statistics component. This is a really challenging search, so I highly recommend that you make an appointment with me for in-person help, if you can.

If you want to use an article from a non-sociology journal you will need your instructor's permission, and all articles must be submitted in .pdf format, so it's better to choose from those articles that are already in that format.

How to find good articles:

  1. Go to the Library Subject Guide for Sociology and click on "Sociology @ ProQuest". Create your search using the drop down menus on the right side of the search boxes. My best search was for: crime (as a subject heading) AND "sociological theory" (as a phrase in the document text). Then I choose scholarly journals and peer-review on the left hand column.To get the appropriate date, I clicked on "Last 5 years". This will give you the 32 results I found. You should select two that are on the same or similar topic and you're all set.
  2. Alternatively you can search for the author of one of your readings in the same place. Go to the Library Subject Guide for Sociology and click on "Sociology @ ProQuest".
  3. Another way is to search within a journal you have used for readings. To do that you need to choose "Journal titles" in the grey box on the front page of our website. I chose Trends in Organized C rime, which is available full text from 4 places. I personally like Scholars Portal, so I follow that link, put in my date ranges and asked the search to find the word sociolog* in the abstract. You can look up many other journal titles this way.
Please note:

Your instructor has reconsidered the following requirement: “You are not permitted to use articles from aggregators or indirect sources such as Proquest, LexisNexis, or any other aggregator of article”, so you CAN use ProQuest or other aggregators to find your article.