Answered By: Christin Wixson Last Updated: Nov 12, 2014 Views: 7
This is Christin, one of the librarians at Lamson. The library has many databases that can help you find scholarly articles. Since you mentioned this was for a sociology course, I'll talk about a database called SocINDEX.
You can access this database (and a lot of other ones too) by going to the library main page: library.plymouth.edu. Click on the databases tab and select SocINDEX from the dropdown menu.
Once you are in the database, type your search terms in the boxes at the top of the screen (I got 16 results using African Americans and hate crimes.) To limit your search results only to scholarly articles, check the box next to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals. I also checked the box next to Full Text to limit to articles that can be accessed quickly. My search screen looked like this:
You can try different search terms if you don't see any articles you like. Different search terms can get you very different results. Once you have some search results, you can read an article by clicking on the link that says Full Text:
I hope this helps, please let us know if you have any questions.