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Sociology: For Instructors & Grad Students

Supporting Research

Find out how the University Library can support your research or scholarly work through all stages of the research lifecycle; visit our Research page. 

Other Library Services

  • If you directly link to licensed library resources, such as e-journals, please consult the Library's Direct Linking Guide. This guide will help you identify the proper link (DOI or permanent URL) as well as provide instructions on formatting links to ensure users can access the material on and off campus.

  • Do you have questions about Copyright? Consult the University Copyright Office.

  • Are you curious about Open Access? Consult the Library's Open Access Guide.

  • Do you have a suggestion for new Sociology resources? If so, pass them along via our Request a Purchase form.

  • Use the Interlibrary Loan service for acquiring materials not held by the University of Saskatchewan Library.

  • For information about the Library's Reserve Collection, review the following Course Reserves for Instructors web page.

  • If you are a Grad Student interested in learning more about the thesis/dissertation process, publishing your work, the student/supervisor mentoring relationship, or other useful grad-specific information, consult the Grad Help Guide

Synthesis Review Support

The University Library offers researchers support to facilitate synthesis literature reviews. This document outlines the three types of support offered and who is eligible.

These supports are intended for researchers conducting comprehensive synthesis reviews. This may include (but is not limited to): systematic reviews; scoping reviews; realist reviews; rapid reviews, and/or meta-analyses.  Please consult Grant & Booth’s 2009 article or Sutton et al, 2019 article for more information concerning synthesis review types and methodologies.


Types of Support & Eligibility

We offer three types of support for comprehensive synthesis reviews. Please note that support for graduate theses, course work, and student/medical resident projects is offered through the Training and Consultation only.  Review teams can receive up to 10 hours of support through a combination of Training and/or Consultation.

a) Training

Research assistants, students, post-doctoral fellows, medical residents, and faculty can request individual or group training sessions on advanced literature searching for synthesis reviews. Training sessions would not typically address a specific research project but would provide instruction on the knowledge and skills required for synthesis review literature searching, on topics such as effective use of common biomedical databases, use of Library-supported reference management software, and proper documentation of search results and strategies.

b) Consultation

Research assistants, students, post-doctoral fellows, medical residents, and faculty can request consultation services to assist them with literature searching for a synthesis review. This option works best when the student or faculty member(s) has already done some work and would like assistance with specific questions related to their synthesis review.

c) Collaboration

With collaboration, a USask faculty member partners with a liaison librarian to produce a jointly authored systematic review intended for publication. The liaison librarian, as a member of the research team, is responsible for conducting the literature search for the review and drafting the literature search methodology section of the synthesis review. Liaison librarian collaboration is available for reviews only when the USask faculty is the Principal Investigator and primary contact. This type of service is dependent on librarian availability and capacity. 

Setting-up Alerts / Saved Searches

Do you want to save time & automatically receive the newest citations in your research area(s)? 

If so, save your searches in your favorite databases and/or sign-up for Table of Content alerts in your favorite journals.

Search Alerts (Database):

Follow these general steps to set up a search alert in a database:

1. Navigate to your favourite database through the library website
2. Register for a personal account within that database
3. Perform your search
4. Look for a link on the results page that says something like "Set alert", "Set feed", "Keep me posted", "Create alert", etc (NOTE: this might also be on a "Search History" page).

Journal Table of Contents Alert:

Most academic journals provide readers with the option to be notified when new issues are available.

To set-up a table of contents alert, navigate to the journal’s homepage and look for an “alert” feature.

In most cases, you will be given the option to receive your alerts via email or thru an RSS feed.