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Some reference titles for research in sociology:
These databases will be the best bets for starting your research in sociology. If you are having trouble finding articles, see our Finding Articles guide, or ask a librarian for help!
Academic Search Complete This link opens in a new window
This general database provides full-text coverage across a variety of journals, including over 7,700 peer-reviewed journals (and almost 6,000 other magazines/journals). Very popular with students.
Criminal Justice (Gale OneFile) This link opens in a new window
This sociology and criminal justice database includes over 250 full-text scholarly and professional journals. Those interested in law, law enforcement, terrorism prevention, forensic science, and crime scene investigation would do well to consult this database.
Discovery Service for Illinois College This link opens in a new window
Search many of Illinois College's databases at once. Also referred to as Multi-Database Search.
Diversity Studies (Gale OneFile) This link opens in a new window
This diversity studies database includes almost 3,000,000 articles from over 150 journals and magazines about cultural differences and the global community. This database could be very useful for a variety of social science and history papers.
Gender Studies (Gale OneFile) This link opens in a new window
This gender studies database provides full-text access to nearly 300 journals dealing with gender, family, marital, and LGBT issues. It also indexes an additional 200 journals, and contains a variety of reports.
Pop Culture Studies (Gale OneFile) This link opens in a new window
This pop culture database includes almost 200 full-text publications relating to some aspect of pop culture. The stuff in this database is necessarily a bit of a hodgepodge, but is worth a look for the curious.
SocINDEX with Full Text This link opens in a new window
SocINDEX is the premier sociology database and includes full-text coverage of over 400 sociology journals (and selective full-text coverage of nearly 3,000 additional sociology journals).
The best place to find books about sociology is in the Schewe Library Catalog or in the library on the shelves primarily in the 300-399 ranges on the lower level (for all subjects in the social sciences). If you are having trouble finding more books, see our Finding Books guide. Here are some suggested titles:
Here are some additional subjects that you can search in our Library Catalog:
American Society of Criminology
The American Society of Criminology is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency.
American Sociological Association
National organization for sociologists.
Schewe Library Guide. This guide provides resources to help students, faculty, and staff deepen their understanding of the pervasiveness of racism, the experiences of people of color, and what they can do to eliminate racial disparities locally and globally.
Association for Applied & Clinical Sociology
The AACS aims to provide resources for individuals interested in the application of sociological knowledge.
International Sociological Association
The International Sociological Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific purposes in the field of sociology and social sciences.
Social Explorer is a data visualization tool which combines census data with mapping and geospatial data. Explore demographics, election data, crime data, business patterns, and more. Very useful for presentations!
U.S. Census Bureau
Census data from the US government.
Talk to your professor or look in your syllabus to determine which citation style you should use.
Sociology articles may use a variety of APA, MLA, Chicago, or other styles. You can find more information on these styles in the Schewe Library citation guide.