SOCI 1301 (Ms. Stuart): Introduction to Sociology

Purpose: To acquaint you with print and electronic materials provided by Cornette Library that will make it easier to write your paper about a person in sociology.

Reference Sources

Subject Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology: A User's Guide to Sociological Language
HM425 .J64 2000 (netLibrary)
Paragraph length definitions of terms, plus sketches of major sociological thinkers and titles of their major works.
Encyclopedia of Sociology
HM425 .E5 2000 (Reference)
Five volume set discusses major concepts of sociology with index and bibliographies.
Sociology Basics
HM425 .S63 2000 (netLibrary)
Major concepts classed by school and field of study, terms defined and overview provided.
Related disciplines
See also Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, Encyclopedia of Psychology, Encyclopedia of Social Work, Encyclopedia of Television, and Encyclopedia of Terrorism


Books & Journal Titles

Cornette Library's online catalog
Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library.
Suggested searches for books on your subject include:
  • a keyword search for your subject, such as oprah winfrey will find items BY and items ABOUT the person.
  • an "Author Lastname" search on the AUTHOR/TITLE/SUBJECT tab for durkheim, emile will find items BY the person.
  • a "Subject List" search on the AUTHOR/TITLE/SUBJECT tab for durkheim will also list durkheimian school of sociology..
  • SOCIAL PROBLEMS can also be searched as SOCIAL ISSUES.

To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.



Current and in-depth information

Scholarly/Peer Reviewed/Professional Journals

Distinction between scholarly journals and magazines is important because:

Professional journals are scholarly journals that are published by a professional association or organization.

Individually, most of these criteria are guidelines. Some publications won't fit exactly. Select the classification that matches more of the criteria.

Check with your instructor if you are not sure of the classification of a particular source.

How to Access Databases

Which database?

Academic Search Complete
Contains abstracts and citations for a broad range of topics, with substantial full-text. Over 3,000 peer-reviewed sources.
Electronic Journal of Sociology
Online, refereed journal, 3 levels of review.
Full-text of 23 sociology journals from first day of publication to a moving wall 3-5 years ago.
Do a title search for your person, select the type "article", and also select Discipline(s) and/or Journal(s) as "Sociology".

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Government Documents

Cornette Library collects United States federal and Texas state documents on many topics.

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications


Web Sites

Professional Associations

American Sociological Association - Journals & Publications
Lists Association publications. Main site also contains information about employment, ethics, careers, and much more.
APA Journals
Alphabetical title listing of journals published by the American Psychological Association.

Web Guides

Scout Report Archives
Scholarly. Keyword or advanced search. Results listed by relevance.
INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
Scholarly. Keyword search or browse by general subject area. Can limit to free sites.
ipl2 - "Information You Can Trust" (merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians' Index to the Internet)
General public interest. Keyword search, or browse by general topic and subtopic.


Citing Your Sources

Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?

Style Manuals


Your Comments

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