Background resources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks) will introduce you to key sociological concepts and help you define your research topic. Below is just a selection of what is available at the library. To find more, go to the Summon search box and type in the relevant keywords (ex. handbook and gender) and use the "books" filter on the left of the screen.
- Mappers of society : the lives, times, and legacies of great sociologists
- Sociologists in a global age : biographical perspectives
- Women in sociology: a bio-bibliographical sourcebook
- Dictionary of Marxist thought, 2nd ed.
- A dictionary of sociology, 3rd ed.
- Key quotations in sociology
- The Max Weber dictionary: key words and central concepts
- Sage dictionary of sociology
- Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology
- Encyclopedia of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history in America
- Encyclopedia of modern American extremists and extremist groups
- Encyclopedia of postmodernism
- Encyclopedia of social theory
- Encyclopedia of urban cultures : cities and cultures around the world
- International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences
- Propaganda and mass persuasion: A historical encyclopedia, 1500 to the present
- 21st century sociology: a reference handbook (2007)
- A handbook of political sociology : states, civil societies
- Handbook of social movements across disciplines
- The Routledge international handbook of the sociology of education
If you know the name of a journal, look it up by its title in the catalogue. If you don't know journal names, you can search for journals in the catalogue. Try the subject headings
or try a keyword search for your topic, specifying the Journal Title scope to the right of the data entry area.
Journal article databases
Key Sociology databases:
- Sociological Abstracts
- Web of Science Core Collection (choose the Social Sciences Citation Index)
- America History and Life and Historical Abstracts (North American and non-North-American history, respectively)
- Child Development & Adolescent Studies (child studies)
- Criminal Justice Abstracts (criminology)
- CINAHL (health sciences)
- ERIC (education)
- Gender & Work Database (sociology of work)
- Gender Studies Database (gender studies)
- Population Index (demography)
- World Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Abstracts (rural sociology)
For Canadian social issues, try:
For African issues, try:
For Asian issues, try
Try the multidisciplinary databases. Also note the related Sociology subject guides.
Please consult the Images "find guide" for suggestions as to where to search for images.
- Archives of Ontario
- Carleton University Archives and Research Collections
- City of Ottawa Archives
- Library and Archives Canada
Primary source databases
Consult this list of databases containing archives for materials relevant to your topic. In particular:
- Defining Gender
- Empire Online
- Gale Primary Sources
- Mass Observation Online
- Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice
Tip: News items can be considered primary if they are replicas of the original articles and if they document an event while it is occurring. Full image databases:
Tip: Government documents are also considered to be primary.
Start here to find government information online.
Some government information databases
- Canadian Research Index
- GALLOP Portal (Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications)
- Government of Canada Publications
- OurOntario Government Documents
For more, consult the full list of goverment information databases.
Some data and statistics portals
For more, consult the full list of data and statistics portals.
- Check out our guides:
- Consult Writing Services (4th floor, Library).
- Find out about skill development workshops pertaining to writing that are offered by the Centre for Student Academic Support.
- Learn how to use citation management software.
Helpful documentation from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
- Style Guide for the Preparation of Essays (Carleton University Department of Sociology)
Suggested books related to writing in Sociology
- [ASA] Style guide, 4th ed.
HM569 .A54 2010
- The craft of research [several copies, formats, and editions]
- Doing honest work in college : how to prepare citations, avoid plagiarism, and achieve real academic success, 2nd ed.
PN171.F56 L56 2008
- A guide to writing sociology papers, 6th ed.
HM585.G78 2008 [other editions available]
- Making sense : a student's guide to research and writing : social sciences
H62 .N687 2007 [other editions available]
- Preparing research articles
HM569 .T49 2008
- A short guide to writing about social science, 4th ed.
H91 .C78 2002 [previous edition availalbe]
- Social sciences research : research, writing, and presentation strategies for students
H62 .S736 2008
- The sociology student writer's manual, 6th ed.
RSV HM73 .S637 2010 [other editions on 4th floor]
- A sociology writer's guide
- A writer's resource : a handbook for writing and research, Canadian ed.
PE1408 .M3366 2006
- Writing in the social sciences : a guide for term papers and book reviews
PE1479.S62 M85 2010
- Writing in sociology
HM569 .E39 2012