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Sociology Research Guide: Help

An introductory guide to research in Sociology at Sacred Heart University Library

Please, Ask a Librarian for Assistance!

We are always happy to help you with your information needs. That is what we are here for. Feel free to ask for assistance using any of the methods below.

Library Liaison for Sociology

For assistance with library resources and research that is specific to Sociology, feel free to contact Zachariah (Zach) Claybaugh. He can be reached by email at claybaughz@sacredheart.edu, by telephone at 203-365-4854, or you can stop by the reference desk at the Ryan Matura Library and ask for him from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Reference Desk

Additionally, you can get assistance from a librarian at the Reference Desk at the Ryan Matura Library during regular hours on the following days:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

This assistance can be conducted in person, by submitting a question online at Ask a Question (LibAnswers), or via email at reference@sacredheart.edu. Additionally, you can call the Reference Desk at 203-371-7726, or text a Reference Librarian at 203-490-4500.

Other Library Assistance

For assistance with research and resources in other areas and disciplines, take a look at Sacred Heart University Library's collection of research guides. You can also contact the appropriate liaison librarian.

Writing Assistance

The Jandrisevits Learning Center (JLC), located in the Student Success Center at the corner of St. Nicholas Road and Park Avenue, provides academic support for all SHU students. Professional tutors and trained Peer tutors and CLAs offer students academic support in multiple subject and skill areas, such as writing, in a friendly learning environment. To schedule time with a writing tutor, call 371-2820 or stop by the JLC to make an appointment.

The JLC also hosts the Online Writing Lab (OWL), which allows students to have their papers reviewed online as an alternative to a 1-on1 tutorial. A professional tutor will return the student’s paper with advice on argumentation, content development, organization, grammar, and punctuation. Assignments are returned in 24 to 48 hours.

Submission is easy! Simply fill out the OWL Submission Form each time you submit a paper.

Submissions need to include your instructor’s assignment guidelines, instructions, rubric, or other information that will help the tutor give you valuable feedback on the form. Also, provide the course name and number, the instructor’s name, and your name.

Attach your paper to the submission form; please, use your last name and the submission date as the name of the file (e.g., smith_02_06_13).

For step-by-step instructions on submitting a written assignment through the JLC's OWL, see the video below: