Resources by Subject Sociology

sociology people image Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)
Film, Video, and Image Collections
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources
Basic Guide to Research in Sociology

Reference Sources (Background)

Credo Reference (full text; current)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online - Social Sciences (full text; current)
Search social science-related dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

The call number area HM - HX is Sociology. For a more detailed breakdown of call number areas, see the Library of Congress classification schedule.

Here are some examples of books in the Reference collection:

Encyclopedia of Sociology
Ref. HM 425 .E5 2000

Encyclopedia of American Social History
Ref. HN 57 .E58 1993

Dictionary of Sociology
Ref. HM 425 .L39 2001

Hate Crimes
Ref. HV 6773.52 .A47 2005

Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior
Ref. HV 6017 .E53 2001

Encyclopedia of Aging
Ref. HQ 1061 .E534 2002

Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America
Ref. HQ 76.3 .U5 E53 2004

Encyclopedia of Family Life
Ref. HQ 534 .E53 1999

Encyclopedia of Social Issues
Ref. HN 57 .E59 1997

Atlas of American Society
Ref. HN 60 .A5 1995

Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement
Ref. H 62 .M44 2002

The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research
Ref. H 62 .H2455 2005

Locating Books

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)

SocINDEX with Full Text (1908-present, some full-text)
Index to journal articles, conference papers, books and book chapters in sociology and and related fields such as cultural anthropology and criminal justice; includes full text from over 800 journals and over 800 books, as well as 1400 conference papers.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

Anthropological Index Online (1950s to present, citations)

CQ Researcher (full text; 1991-present)
Provides in-depth analysis of current and controversial issues. Each weekly update focuses around a single issue, including the historical background and a chronology, opposing viewpoints provided by experts, and extensive bibliographies for further research.

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

LexisNexis Academic (1980-present; full-text)
Articles from a diverse group of news sources, including national level newspapers from around the world, wire services, and transcripts.

NCJRS (National Criminal Justice Research Service) Abstracts Database (abstracts; 1970 to present)
Index to articles, books, and other publications in criminal justice and law enforcement. Includes many full text documents from law enforcement organizations and government agencies.

Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress (PILOTS) Database (abstracts; 1871 to present)
Index to literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other acute stress disorders related to traumatic events. Multidisciplinary and international in scope. Includes assessment, provision of mental health services, ethics, methodology, public policy, etc.

POPLINE (citations; most 1970s - present, with some older materials)
Index to the world's reproductive health literature, including scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished reports in the field of population, family planning, and related health issues.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

ScienceDirect Social and Behavioral Sciences College Edition (full text; most 1995 to present)
Nearly 400 scholarly journals in the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities published by Elsevier.

AnthroSource (full text; 1888 to present)
Articles from the journals, bulletins, and newsletters published by the American Anthropological Assocation, covering anthropology, ethnology, and related fields.

Bibliography of Slavery and World Slaving (citations, 1900-present)
Index to "approximately 25,000 scholarly works in all academic disciplines and in all western European languages on slavery and slaving, worldwide and throughout human history, including modern times."

Women's Studies International (index only)

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

ICPSR Data Sets (data files; current and historic)
ICPSR provides access to the worlds largest social science data archive, with data sets from over 6300 studies. Data sets are used with statistical software, such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata. For additional sources, see the Statistics and Data Sets page.

Film, Video, and Image Collections

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of historical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. In addition to images of  paintings, drawings, sculpture, and the decorative arts, the collection includes cultural and religious objects, cartoons, fashion and costume illustrations, covers from printed music, pages from illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, natural history illustrations, early anatomical and medical drawings, and many other types of images.-


Guides and Link Directories:

Yahoo!'s Sociology Links

Intute Gateway (formerly SOSIG) to Sociology

Dead Sociologist's Index
Includes a list of subject links by topic area.

A Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace



Organizations and Associations:

American Sociological Association

International Sociological Association

Southern Rural Sociological Association

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

American Sociological Association Style Guide
Ref Desk HM569 .A54 2007
Style and format for the ASA publications.

Citing Web Sources in ASA Style (American Sociological Association)

The Sociology Student Writer's Manual
Ref HM 73 .S637 2000
How to do research and how to write your papers.

Guides to the major citation styles are available at the Reference Desk.

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

Citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles. Be sure to double-check the result for accuracy!

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