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Resources in Sociology and interdisciplinary areas to start your research

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Government Issues arise in a variety of places, whether it's close to home in city ordinances or national policy, trying to understand legalities within numerous layers of context is overwhelming at times. Whether the topic is privacy, military (military lives), veterans or national security.

How to research these themes: Research governmental guidelines. Research the federal and international policies in similar global economies for comparison. Research health (stress, mental health, morbidity) outcomes for people in government focused careers. Research the security nets in place for our soldiers. 


What About Military Life?

Start out by searching the military websites. You can do this by searching in Google for "anything in" and you can search "" for other general government material. 

Military Statistics:

Training and other statistics from the DOD:

Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program:

Families Coping with Deployed Active Members:

Academics on Veterans

Government Resources

Family of Service Members

Military Sample Research

US Military Equipment in Iraq (2007)

This Wikileaks article focuses on military life through excel sheets that display the various weapons used to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007. The article shows various weapons used to partake in combat which the US banned for the opposing countries.

Collateral Murder (2010)

This WikiLeaks article focuses on military life in turmoil as both Iraqi civilians and staff from Reuters News were injured or killed. Though the people shot weren't connected to the military, the source shows how the military attempted to cover the occurrence by providing little to no information. 

The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (2 ed.): Military Justice

The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (2 ed.), which is an online journal, provides information towards military justice by describing the system of legal policies, procedures, and penalties applicable to persons under the jurisdiction of the armed services.

The Giessen eagle : a monthly paper for GIs and environment

The Giessen eagle : a monthly paper for GIs and environment, which is a digital journal, which shows monthly GI publications dating back to the 1970s. (Portrays the military life back in the 70s.)

Department of Defense Releases Annual Report on Military Suicide (2018)

The following article is published by the Psychological Health Resource Center 27 which compares the suicide rates amongst adult civilians and adult military persons. The article shows the calculation process and relies on the Department of Defense Suicide Event Report as one of its main sources.