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Sociology: Getting Started

Research guide to library resources in Sociology.

Databases for Background Information

Online Sociology Reference Works

Click the links below to search these online reference books--excellent sources of background information in Sociology:

Print Sociology Reference Works

A sample of the most recent print reference books in Sociology in the library's collection. Clicking on a link will provide more information on the title.

The Research Process

Follow these steps in finding sources and writing a research paper:

  1. Choose and refine your topic.
  2. Find background information on your topic.
  3. Prepare to search by selecting what types of materials to search and what search terms to use.
  4. Find the information.
  5. Evaluate what you find and revise as necessary.
  6. Cite what you use.