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Sociology 101: Basic Information Sources

SOCIOLOGY 101: BASIC INFORMATION SOURCES

I. Books
EZRA - search Wittenberg's catalog for books and other resources
OhioLINK - Search for items in libraries across the state of Ohio

OhioLINK EBC - search a collection of electronic books from OhioLINK
Credo Online Reference - online reference books

Subject-Specific Encyclopedias:
Encyclopedia of Psychology. 8 vols. Ref. BF31 .E52 2000
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. 25 vols. Ref. H41 .I58 2001
Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, & Conflict. Ref. HM291 .E625 1999
Encyclopedia of Sociology. 5 vols. Ref. HM425 .E5 2000 [Copy also kept in Sociology Department]
Encyclopedia of American Social History. MAIN STACKS HN 57.E58 1993
Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures. 2 vols. MAIN STACKS HQ75.13 .E53 2000
Handbook of the sociology of gender [electronic resource]


Online Guides to the Literature
Sociosite - has links to all manner of sociology-related information.  Some of the topics are: Subject Areas, Sociologists, Data Archives, NewsGroups, What's New? and Funny Science.
Julian Dierkes' Sociology Links (Princeton)

II. Statistics: A Sampler
General Sources
Statistical Abstract of the U.S. - available in print at the library Ref. HA 202
United Nations Statistics Division
Statistical Yearbook. The library has print version from 1990-2002: Ref. HA12.5 .U63

III. Associations
Encyclopedia of Associations : Ref. HS17 .E5  2003 -  Guide to national organizations.



IV. Databases / Indexes to Periodical Articles

Tips for evaluating sources
Is it Scholarly or Popular?


Sociology:
Sociological Collection - more than 500 full text journals, including nearly 500 peer-reviewed titles, in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure.
SocINDEX Comprehensive Sociology database with full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 830 books and monographs, and full text for over 16,800 conference papers.

Multidisciplinary:
Academic Search Complete Contains research from a variety of disciplines and is a good source of information on current events.
Ethnic NewsWatch - Full text of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles from the ethnic, minority, and native press
Gender Studies - covers the full spectrum of gender-engaged scholarship inside and outside academia
GenderWatch - provides authoritative historical and current perspectives on the evolution of gender roles as they affect both men and women.
JSTOR - Great resource for scholarly research in a variety of disciplines. JSTOR may not provide access to the most recent 2 to 5 years of a journal due to publisher restrictions, so be sure to supplement with other sources for current research.
Lexis-Nexis - Contains lots of newspapers, current events, as well as legal and business information.

Or: See the library's list of All Databases.

V. Locating Journals

At Wittenberg:

*** Search Journals the Library Has to determine whether Wittenberg has a particular periodical in either electronic or print.

Print periodicals at other Ohio academic libraries:

OhioLINK Central Catalog for identifying the location of periodicals.
(Note: Typically periodicals are not allowed to leave a library, so you cannot request them from OhioLINK. You could visit an OhioLINK library to make copies articles.)
Interlibrary Loan form - to request a copy of a periodical article that Wittenberg doesn't have access to. We will ask a library that owns it to mail you a copy of the pages you need.
Locating journals can be tricky, difficult, and generally exasperating. A librarian will be glad to assist you!

VI. People Help - After all, where would we be without one another?
For research help by e-mail, contact Kristen Peters, who is library liaison with the Sociology Department. You could also phone her at 937-327-7533 with a quick question or to set up an appointment for an individual consultation. Or, stop by the library, phone the reference desk at 937-327-7511, or contact the reference desk.


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Originally compiled by Regina Entorf, Wittenberg University Library
Last updated 5/31/13 by KGP