Answered By: Kultida Dunigan
Last Updated: Jan 13, 2015     Views: 30

Go to the following website:  Start with the Opposing Viewpoints database. Once you've entered the database type in "social networks" or "social networking". A search will give you different types of sources. Sources are divided into academic articles, viewpoints (these usually show different sides to your issue), statistics, and news articles.

From the databases page you can also access other options under "Subject Research" in the lefthand column. Scroll down to "Social Sciences" or "Psychology" to find additional resources. If you need a book on the subject, you may check out our Online Catalog or eBooks at find books in our online catalog type in "online social networks" and search by subject.

You will also want to use our Academic Search Premier database. A good article to start your research would be Relationships, Community, and Identity in the New Virtual Society by Arnold Brown. To search in Academic Search Premier you can do a title search for an article such as the one above or do a subject search. For subject searches use official descriptors from the database. You can usually find these whenever you look at the summary of a useful article. For your topic some good examples include: "social media", "internet", "social attitudes", "interpersonal relations", "internet & families", "online social networks", and "virtual communications". Remember to select "subject" in the drop-down menu on the righthand side before searching.