Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: May 03, 2017     Views: 2178

To discover theorists in a field or subject area, first consult previous course readings, discussions, and background resources.  

 

Encyclopedias

Skimming encyclopedia entries that discuss theories is another good way to learn about theorists. See an entry on social theory in the New World Encyclopedia.

Once you've found the names of theorists in your subject area, you can learn more by searching for the theorist’s name in our encyclopedia collections.

 

Databases

You can also try a search using the theorist's name in the databases to find articles by or about the theorist. Searching on only the last name works best, unless it's a common name. Be careful to double-check your spelling and think about any alternate forms of the name.

Watch the short video below to see an example of a theorist search in the SocINDEX database.  

Video: Theorist search in a database

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