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Subject Guides - Sociology

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 Reference Sources

  • Points of View Reference Center
    Covers current social issues with opposing position papers, research guides and additional sources from newspapers, radio and TV transcripts, and scholarly journals.

Key Databases

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.

Other Resources

  • ProQuest Social Sciences
    Includes access to ProQuest Dissertations, Research library for social sciences as well as the premium collection.
  • Google Scholar
    Google's search engine for scholarly literature on the web. Some full text is available, but much is not (behind publisher paywalls).
  • 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.
  • Sage Premier Journals
    Access hundreds of thousands of full text articles related to sociology.
  • 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.

Citing Sources

American Sociological Association

ASA Style iconASA Style Guide, 5th ed. 2014 (REF 808.027 A798)

ASA Style Citations Examples
(updated for 5th ed.)

  • APA Style Guide
  • Zotero
    A citation generator and management tool, Zotero can help you keep all of your citation information together and generate a bibliography for you.


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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