March 2014 Issue • Volume 42 • Issue 3

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TRAILS (the ASA Digital Library) is a database consisting of teaching resource materials that cover a broad range of sociological topics and education levels. Visitors can search for materials by resource type, including assignments, class assessments, syllabi, web sites, video files, PowerPoint presentations, and more. TRAILS has over 80 sociological subject areas and different education levels from high school to graduate studies. The library contains over 2,700 teaching resource materials for downloading. This is a useful service for sociologists at any career stage from the graduate-level teaching assistant to full professor.

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