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last updated: 10/5/2010

Guide to Sociology Resources for Undergrads

Guide to Sociology Resources for Undergraduates

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Journal Indexes
Style Guides
Statistical Abstracts
Public Opinion Polls

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias:

The following books are all useful for looking up definitions of concepts in sociology and related fields. Most are in the Research Collections Reference Room (Main Library, 1st floor), but a few are shelved elsewhere (see the location next to the call number).

•  Johnson, Allan G. Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology: A User's Guide to Sociological Language. Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1995. HM17 .J64 1995, Research Collections-Reference or online

•  Ritzer, George, ed. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology . Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Blackwell Reference Online. Access via Blackwell Reference Online.

•  Marshall, Gordon, ed. Concise Oxford Dictionary of Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. HM17 .C66 1994, HPER Library-Reference or online

  Encyclopedia of Sociology. New York: Macmillan, 2000. 2nd ed. 5 vols. HM17 .E5 1991, Research Collections-Reference

  Encyclopedic Dictionary of Sociology. 4th ed. Guilford, Conn.: Dushkin, 1991. HM17 .E5118 1991, Research Collections-Reference

•  Kuper, Adam and Jessica Kuper, eds. The Social Science Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 1996. H41 .S63 1996, Research Collections-Reference 

Journal Indexes:

•  Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary, full-text database. This resource contains full text for nearly 3,180 scholarly publications.  Use the keyword or natural language search for quick and dirty results.  Use the advanced search form to search specifically for words in author, title, or subject. Check the box to restrict your search to peer-reviewed journals.

•  Sociological Abstracts
Sociological Abstracts indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. It provides abstracts to journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers, and citations to book reviews.  Take a look at our searching guide for more information.

Style Guides (or How to Avoid Plagiarism):

In writing research papers, you are expected to consult other great minds. Whenever you quote, praise, attack, vilify, summarize, paraphrase, or otherwise refer to other people's publications, you must provide citations for them in your paper. The following books offer guidelines on when and how to write citations for sociology papers:

•  Sociology Writing Group. Guide to Writing Sociology Papers. 5th ed. New York: St Martin's Press, 2001. HM73 .G78 2001, Research Collections-Reference. See Chapter 4, pp. 46-55

•  American Sociological Association. ASA Style Guide. Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association, 1996. Research Collections-Reference Desk

Citation rules also apply to documents on the Word Wide Web and full-text articles from databases like Academic Search Premier (see above). Citing Electronic Resources Using APA Style shows you how to apply the rules to electronic documents.

Statistical Abstracts:

  Statistical Abstract of the United States. Washington: G.P.O., 1879-. HA196 .A2, Research Collections-Reference, Information Commons/Undergraduate Services-Reference or online

•  U.S. Census Bureau
Click on "Subjects A-Z" to search for statistics on your topic.  Some searches refer you to tables from the Statistical Abstract of the United States (see above).

•  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  Statistical Yearbook (Unesco). Vienna, Austria: The Department, 1964-1999. AZ361 .U45, GIMMS-Reference or online. GIMSS is located on the 2nd floor of the Main Library. The librarians here can help you to find any kind of statistical information

  Demographic Yearbook. New York: Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistical Office, United Nations, 1948-2001. HA1 .U58, GIMSS-Reference

Public Opinion Polls:

•  The Gallup Organization
See also: The Gallup Report. Princeton, N.J.: The Gallup Poll, 1981. HM261.A1 G17, Research Collections-Reference


Get help at the Information Commons/Undergraduate Services Reference Desk, the Research Collections Reference Desk, or send an e-mail to the sociology librarian.  You can also chat live with a librarian by using the Ask a Librarian service.  Remember, the only dumb question is the one that does not get asked!

last updated: 10/5/2010