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This is a general guide to resources for sociology research.

About this guide

""Welcome! This guide highlights key resources for conducting effective information research in sociology, including the following: 

  • Reference sources to find background information on your topic
  • Catalogs to search for books in print and online
  • Databases for locating scholarly journal articles
  • Reliable sources of data and statistics
  • Database for locating news articles, transcripts, and videos
  • Resources for citing your sources and writing in sociology
  • Tips to to help keep textbook costs down
  • Information about remote library services

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation

Image: Barnard Abortion Action Committee, 1976, via Barnard College Archives


Background information

Consult scholarly reference sources to get an overview of a topic, an introduction to a theory, definitions to discipline-specific terms, and more.