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  • ProQuest Social Sciences

    Search across 11 databases for social science topics. Includes Sociological Abstracts, the premier index for sociology.
  • Points of View Reference Center

    Covers current issues like immigration, health care, bullying and climate change from multiple viewpoints. Contains point and counterpoint essays, magazine and newspaper articles, radio and TV news transcripts. POV also includes helpful guides for developing arguments, writing position papers and preparing for debates. For similar content, see also

Streaming Video

Films on Demand: Sociology Video Collection
Over 2,500 videos on social environments, institutions, inequality, social structure, social work, women's & gender studies, research methods in sociology, African American studies, Asian American Studies, Latino Studies, and Native American studies.

Online Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Group Processes & Intergroup Relations

Key encyclopedia for understanding group behavior and interactions. Covers small groups and large scale corporate or international relations. Strong coverage of theories, leadership, techniques, anxiety, discrimination, and group pressures.

GVRL Social Sciences Collection

This subcollection of the Gale Virtual Reference Library contains 45 reference publications covering a wide range of topics in the social sciences. Search the whole collection via the link above, or browse an individual title:

Other Relevant Databases

  • OmniFile Full Text Mega
    (Social Science Full Text) Full text coverage of journals across all the social sciences.
  • Science Direct
    Our largest database for the sciences and social sciences, including sociology, providing full text access to scholarly journals often unavailable on other databases.
  • Sage Premier Journals
    Access hundreds of thousands of full text articles related to sociology.
  • GPO (Government Printing Office)
    Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and documents issued by executive departments, many pertaining to sociological issues.
  • Google Scholar
    Google's search engine for scholarly literature on the web. Some full text is available, but much is not (behind publisher paywalls).
  • PsycINFO
    Largest index of peer-reviewed literature in psychology.

Citing Sources

American Sociological Association

ASA Style icon ASA Style Guide, 4th ed. 2010 (REF 808.027 A798)

ASA Style Citations Examples
(updated for 4th ed.)

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Books related to sociology have call numbers in the 300's. Reference books are on the main floor in the Reference Room. All other sociology books are located on the upper floor, right side.


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