Contact Information
  • Librarian: Moira Marsh
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E760
  • Phone: (812) 855-1550
Libraries & Subjects
last updated: 9/13/2012

Overview of the Sociology Collection

Strengths of the Collection

The Sociology Collection covers all areas of sociology, with particular strengths in general and theoretical sociology, social psychology, general social science, social history and social problems, and statistics. Our holdings on sexuality are among the largest in North America.

Emphases of the Collection

Areas emphasized by the department are: theory, political sociology, culture, economic sociology, deviance, crime and delinquency, mental health, sexuality, gender, medical sociology, methodology, social stratification, sociology of religion, social psychology, emotions, sociology of education, childhood and adolescence, social change, social interaction and communication, small groups, evaluation research, demography, social organization and organizations, sociolinguistics, family, social policy, sociology of knowledge, science and technology studies, statistics, collective behavior, urban sociology, history of social ideas and theory, social conflict, and race and ethnic relations. IU’s Sociology department is recognized as a national leader in social psychology, social stratification, and for excellence in training graduate students as teachers.

Selected Highlights

  • The Gay Rights Movement microfilm series includes essential tools in the study of the history of gay and lesbian politics and the Gay Rights movement. Series include: The Mattachine Society of New York Records, 1951-1976; Gay Activists Alliance, 1970-1983; ACT UP: The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power; The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Records, 1973-2000; and the Lesbian Herstory Archives.

  • Mass-Observation Archive materials are available in two microform collections, Papers from the Mass-Observation Archive at the University of Sussex and The Tom Harrisson Mass-Observation Archive. These are an indispensable source for all those interested in the sociological history of the people of Britain from 1937 to the end of World War II and beyond.

  • Electronic full-text articles are available in many core journals including: American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Sociological Review.


Location of the Collection

The majority of the collection is located on the seventh floor of the Indiana University Bloomington Wells Library (HM-HT in the Library of Congress call number system). Microform collections are in Government Information, Microforms and Statistical Services (GIMSS), on the second floor of the Wells Library. Electronic resources can be accessed from the Libraries' Web pages.

The Sociology Collection Web page is:


Information regarding research resources and tools for graduate students can be found here: Four Essential Tools for Graduate Students

For further information or assistance using the collection, please contact the subject librarian for Sociology

Moira Smith
Wells Library E760
(812) 855-1550

Last Updated October 29, 2008

last updated: 9/13/2012