This subject guide will assist you in finding books, journal articles, and websites, as well as assist you in developing your research skills.
Welcome to the library resource guide for Sociology at Carleton University. This guide has been designed to assist scholars with finding relevant materials on topics and issues relating to Sociology. Scroll down to the Reference Materials section to find Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Handbooks.
Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.
Selected Biographical Dictionaries
- Biographical dictionary of social and cultural anthropology
- Cultural theory: the key thinkers
- Fifty key anthropologists
- Fifty key sociologists: the contemporary theorists
- Mappers of society : the lives, times, and legacies of great sociologists
- Sociologists in a global age : biographical perspectives
- Women in anthropology autobiographical narratives and social history
- Women in sociology: a bio-bibliographical sourcebook
- Anti-capitalist dictionary : movements, histories & motivations
- A dictionary of geography
- Dictionary of Marxist thought
- A dictionary of sociology
- Key quotations in sociology
- The Max Weber dictionary: key words and central concepts
- Oxford Reference Online Premium
- Sage dictionary of cultural studies
- Sage dictionary of sociology
- Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology
- Encyclopedia of aging
- Encyclopedia of American social movements
- Encyclopedia of disability
- Encyclopedia of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history in America
- Encyclopedia of modern American extremists and extremist groups
- Encyclopedia of motherhood
- Encyclopedia of postmodernism
- Encyclopedia of social measurement
- Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media
- Encyclopedia of social theory
- Encyclopedia of urban cultures : cities and cultures around the world
- Encyclopedia of women and gender sex similarities and differences and the impact of society on gender
- Encyclopedia of world cultures: supplement
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Global encyclopedia of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) history
- International encyclopedia of men and masculinities
- International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences
- Oxford Reference Online: Premium
- Propaganda and mass persuasion: A historical encyclopedia, 1500 to the present
- Sage deaf studies encyclopedia
- Sage encyclopedia of qualitative research methods
- Sage encyclopedia of social science research methods
- SAGE Knowledge Encyclopedias
- Theory in social and cultural anthropology: an encyclopedia
- 21st century sociology: a reference handbook
- Family in Society: Essential Primary Sources
- A handbook for social science field research essays & bibliographic sources on research design and methods
- The handbook of ethical research with ethnocultural populations and communities
- Handbook of minority aging
- Handbook of methodological approaches to community-based research : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed
- The handbook of political sociology : states, civil societies
- Handbook of social movements across disciplines
- Handbook of social research ethics
- Handbook of the sociology of gender
- Handbook of the sociology of racial and ethnic relations
- Handbook of the sociology of religion
- Handbook of the Sociology of Sexualities
- The international handbook of environmental sociology
- Mixed methods research: merging theory with practice
- Oxford handbook of multimethod and mixed methods research inquiry
- Routledge handbook of sexuality, health and rights
- Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies
- The Routledge international handbook of the sociology of education
- SAGE handbook of applied social research methods
- SAGE handbook of fieldwork
- SAGE handbook of online research methods
- SAGE handbook of social gerontology
- SAGE handbook of social research methods
- The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research Methods (Second Edition (Revised and Updated Edition))
- Studying society: the essentials
- Sustainable development handbook
- Thinking globally : a global studies reader
Once your topic is narrowly defined, select databases to find specific articles that have been published in journals.
Starting more broadly:
Start with the Omni search box to search across almost all of the databases the library subscribes to. Use the main keywords found within your research topic. As you retrieve results, you should use the Omni filters on the left of the screen to narrow or broaden your search.
Searching more specifically:
When you need to search by specific fields like methodology, NAICS code, jurisdiction, etc. you should go directly to specialized databases such as the ones listed below.
- Academic OneFile
- Annual Reviews
- Canadian Business & Current Affairs
- ERIC PEER REVIEWED
- Google Scholar
- ICPSR : Inter-University Consortium for Political & Social Research (Archives of social science data for research and instruction)
- Proquest Sociology collection provides access to Sociological Abstracts in combination with other databases covering the international literature in sociology and social services
- Qualitative Data Repository (QDR’s overarching goals are to make sharing qualitative data customary in the social sciences, to broaden access to social science data, and to strengthen qualitative and multi-method research)
- SAGE Research Methods
- Sociological Abstracts PEER REVIEWED
- Web of Science Core Collection (choose the Social Sciences Citation Index)
- Ebsco databases: Databases available through the EBSCOhost interface. Multiple databases can be selected and searched simultaneously. Click on EBSCOhost Web.
- JSTOR: Digital library of academic journals, books and primary sources.
- Oxford Bibliographies Online: a tool for the social sciences and humanities
Multidisciplinary databases with Canadian content:
- America History and Life and Historical Abstracts (North American and non-North-American history, respectively) PEER REVIEWED
- Child Development & Adolescent Studies (child studies)
- CINAHL (health sciences)
- Criminal Justice Abstracts (criminology) PEER REVIEWED
- ERIC (education) PEER REVIEWED
- Gender & Work Database (sociology of work)
- Gender Studies Database (gender studies)
- Population Index (demography) PEER REVIEWED
- World Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Abstracts (rural sociology) PEER REVIEWED
For a more complete listing, see databases by subject webpage
For Canadian social issues:
- Directory of Open Access Journals: An index to high quality, peer reviewed open access research journals, periodicals and their articles' metadata. Each journal must exercise peer-review with an editor and an editorial board or editorial review (particularly in the Humanities) carried out by at least two editors and/or report primary results of research or overviews of research results to a scholarly community
- Google Scholar Metrics: Gender Studies
- Google Scholar Metrics: Sex & Sexuality
- Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Web of Science: Provides access to citation data in order to aid the evaluation and comparison of scholarly journals
- Scimago Journal & Country rank - Gender Studies
- Ulrichsweb: is a source of bibliographic and access information for over 300,000 serials
- AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN VALUES
- AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY PEER REVIEWED
- AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW PEER REVIEWED
- Annals of tourism research. PEER REVIEWED
- Annual review of gerontology & geriatrics.
- Annual Review of Sociology PEER REVIEWED
- BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY PEER REVIEWED
- Information Communication & Society PEER REVIEWED
- Qualitative research : QR.
- Socio-Economic Review
- SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION PEER REVIEWED
Maps and images
- ARTstor: A repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data
- Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection—Historical Maps -- Hosted by the University of Texas at Austin.
- Ethnographic Video Online: for study of human culture and behavior
- Kanopy A streaming service that provides a platform for educational video products covering a wide range of subjects, from arts, humanities, health, business, education, and more.
- Library DVD Collection The library's video collection is housed in our Reserves room. Since the shelves are not browsable, it is best to do an Omni search for the title of the movie you are looking for. You can then bring the title and call number to Reserves on the main floor of the library.
- NFB.ca Watch films produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Includes historical films dating back to 1928 to current contemporary releases, including award-winning documentaries, animation and fiction.
- Search Watmedia to locate videos at other Ontario universities. If you wish to borrow a video listed in Watmedia please fill out our Interfilm Video Request form - do not submit requests directly to Watmedia.
Find books on your topic to gain greater depth and understanding.
Accessing ebooks collections
The following are a few resources that may help you with your research projects:
Start with Sage Research Methods, a comprehensive database of resources on research methods in the social sciences which includes:
- the Little Green Books series on quantitative applications
- the Little Blue Books series on qualitative research methods
- Real research : research methods sociology students can use / Liahna Gordon, California State University, Chico.
- Research design [electronic resource] : quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, arts-based, and community-based participatory research approaches / Patricia Leavy.
- The research experience : planning, conducting, and reporting research / Ann Sloan Devlin Connecticut College.
- Visual methods in social research / Marcus Banks & David Zeitlyn.
- Ethics for graduate researchers : a cross-disciplinary approach / edited by Cathriona Russell, Linda Hogan, and Maureen Junker-Kenny.
- Research ethics [electronic resource] : a philosophical guide to the responsible conduct of research / Gary Comstock.
- The student's guide to research ethics / Paul Oliver.
- Data mining for the social sciences : an introduction / Paul Attewell and David B. Monaghan with Darren Kwong.
- More statistical and methodological myths and urban legends / edited by Charles E. Lance, Robert J. Vandenberg.
- Practical Statistics: A Quick and Easy Guide to IBM® SPSS® Statistics, STATA, and Other Statistical Software
- Social statistics for a diverse society / Chava Frankfort-Nachmias, University of Wisconsin, Anna Leon-Guerrero, Pacific Lutheran University.
- Statistics : a tool for social research / Joseph F. Healey (Christopher Newport University), Steven G. Prus (Carleton University)
"Citation searching" is a technique to find scholarly clusters for a research topic. Take the citation for a key book or journal article and try to see who might have used that citation in their bibliography.
- Topic alerts - set up alerts in any category or sub-specialty and receive regular updates of the latest research.
- Citation Alerting -keep track of particular citations, to see if anyone is citing it in recent journals.
- You can set up a citation alert whenever you’re reading a full-text article by clicking on "Save as Citation Alert."
- How to do a Cited Reference Search tutorial [VIDEO 4 min 16 seconds]
- For Cited Reference Search. Look at the link "cited by".
- search for your "key" article. Check the link "cited by" right beneath the reference to that article
- "Citation alerts"
- TIP: to avoid an overload of irrelevant stuff, set up an alert on the page where you list out "cited references"
- captures a "wider" range of journals and also includes "book chapters" etc.
- sshrc- list: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
- WatchThatPage: is a service that enables you to automatically collect new information from your favorite pages on the Internet
- Conference Alerts: Academic and professional conference listings by subject and region
- BrowZine: brings scholarly, academic journal content together from multiple publishers and platforms into a single place, where you can save your favorite journals, view the tables of contents, and read or save articles, as new issues are released
- Citation Management software: Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote...
- Learn how to use citation management software.
- Data & statistics information: locating statistical resources and information
- GIS (Geographic Information Systems): includes geospatial data and maps
- NVivo: a software package that helps with qualitative data analysis
- Scholarly publishing and open access: "Scholarly communication is the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use" - from Association of College & Research Libraries.
Grey literature: defined as "information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing" ie. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body." — ICGL Luxembourg definition, 1997. Expanded in New York, 2004
- Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris: Contains the full text of public policy documents from Canadian institutes, think-tanks and research groups
- Canadian Research Index: to find Canadian government publications
- IGO Search: IGO Search is a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) that searches across IGO websites. It is a project of the International Documents Taskforce (IDTF) of the American Library Association (ALA)
Literature reviews and current awareness
- Annual Reviews: synthesize the vast amount of primary research literature and identify the principal contributions in each field.
- Dissertations and Theses Global: a comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present
- Dissertations and Theses@Carleton: Contains citations & abstracts for Carleton University Master’s and PhD theses as well as the full-text for theses from 1997-2013
- Carleton University's Institutional Repository: Open Access and other scholarly publications from Carleton University
- Oxford Bibliographies Online: is a tool for the social sciences and humanities
Selected resources to get started:
- Avoid Plagiarism
- Citing Your Sources
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
- Write a Book Review
- Writing the Research Paper Video
You can also:
- Find out about learning support sessions on 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)
- The anthropology of writing understanding textually-mediated worlds
- Communicating social science research to policymakers
- The craft of research / Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, Joseph Bizup, William T. FitzGerald.
- The cultural context in business communication
- Doing honest work in college : how to prepare citations, avoid plagiarism, and achieve real academic success / Charles Lipson.
- A guide to writing sociology papers / The Sociology Writing Group.
- Presenting data how to communicate your message effectively
- Readability: text and context
- The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis
- Social sciences research : research, writing, and presentation strategies for students / Gail M. Staines, Katherine Johnson, Mark Bonacci.
- The sociology student writer's manual / William A. Johnson, Richard P. Rettig, Gregory M. Scott, Stephen M. Garrison.
- Style guide / American Sociological Association [print and online]
- Writing a Graduate Thesis or Dissertation
- Writing ethnography
- Writing for visual thinkers: a guide for artists and designers
- Writing in the social sciences : a guide for term papers and book reviews / Jake Muller.
- Writing in sociology