Social Science Student Success


Library Research

The Capilano University Library gives you access to databases that include collections of academic publications on a particular subject.  You can search the databases to find resources (e.g., journal articles, books) on the topic of your assignment.

When you conduct a search using a database, you will get a list of results. You can click on the title of each resource to get detailed bibliographic information and an abstract. The abstract is a short summary of the entire article or book. This short video describes the main components of the results list.

If you want to read the whole article, look for a PDF icon or a button that says “full-text access.” If you want to read a book, look for the “call number” that you can use to find the printed copy of the book in the library, or look for a PDF icon or eBook link that will allow you to read an electronic version of the book.

If the book or article is not available for free through the Capilano University Library, you can still get the article for free, or borrow the book from another library, by completing the Inter-Library Loan request form.

Need help figuring out how to use one of the databases?

Meet with the Social Science Student Success Instructor 

Consult with a librarian who specializes in the subject of your assignment.

Contact the Research Help Desk at the Capilano University Library.

Watch one one of these short videos:

How Databases Work

Turning a Research Question into Keywords  

Expanding Your Search Part 1

Expanding Your Search Part 2

Narrowing Your Search


Original Research

You may be required to conduct your own original research as part of one of your courses. This original research may involve recruiting a sample of human participants, taking measurements or making observations, analyzing the results, and writing a report to describe your methods and findings. 

The Social Science Student Success Instructor can assist you with all stages of the process of designing and conducting original research.

All original research involving human participants that is conducted by students and faculty at Capilano University must be approved by the Research Ethics Board. Click on the links below to find more information about research ethics.

Capilano University Research Ethics Policy

Capilano University Research Ethics Board

Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (2018)

The Social Science Student Success Instructor can assist you with preparing your ethics application.