- To introduce a topic, give a brief overview or a definition.
- To recommend further reading, usually either sound introductions or seminal works.
A to Z of Social Research, 2003.
Defnitions and guides to methods and issues.
Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2007. Reference HM425.B53
Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology
Articles of varying length on sociological topics, with no bibliographies
Searchable online reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and quotation books in many subject areas.
Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices, 2010.
Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2000. Reference HM425.E5 2000
International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2008. Reference HA40.A2 I5
Key Concepts in Critical Social Theory, 2005.
A core database, which indexes journals, books, dissertations and conference papers. Use the "Subject Terms" tab at the top of the screen to determine what a particular concept is called and to discover related terms - for instance, checking "poverty" leads to "homelessness," "downward mobility" and "poor" as additional terms that might be appropriate. You can often start with a keyword search, and then look at relevant entries to see what subject terms or descriptors have been assigned to your topic.
Although there is considerable overlap between this database and SocINDEX, SA also has some unique items, and a useful thesaurus of indexing terms: "poverty" leads here to "low income groups" and "underclass".
Research and articles related to African American, Caribbean/African, Arab/Middle Eastern/Persian and Islamic, Asian/Pacific Island, European/Eastern European, Hispanic, Jewish, Multi-ethnic and Native Peoples.
Proquest Criminal Justice
U.S. and international criminal justice journals. abstract and indexing for 250 titles, 100+ in full-text.
Indexes and abstracts the international journal, and book literature in psychology and related disciplines since 1887. Lots of full text is available. Click on the "find article" icon if the pdf or html link to the article is not visible.
Women's Studies International
Indexes publications in women’s studies and related fields, 1972-present. Journals, news sources, web pages, dissertations, books and book chapters are included
Then select from your choices:
For books on a specific topic, use the same search techniques that you use in Sociological Abstracts or SOCindex, first using natural language searching, and then identifying the specific terms used within the catalog:
To find out if we own a specific book, search the title - in quotation marks - and the author:
If we do not own a specific book you need, request it through InterLibrary Loan .
Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Classification:
Although you'll usually be after an explicit call number assigned to an individual book, you can also browse the shelves. To find relevant call numbers, use Comparison of Dewey and Library of Congress subject classification, and use ctrl/f to find sociology.
General Social Survey
A compilation of a long-term survey of Americans on a wide variety of topics. Check the Subject variables to see what questions have been asked.
Data sets in social sciences. (You must create a MyData account to download data.)
ASA formatting is one of the options offered by EndNote Web, which will automatically set up your bibliography in a designated style. For a complete guide to setting up and using EndNote Web, check here, or search endnote web on the Drew website.
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