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.

To find more, go to the Omni search box and type in the relevant keywords (ex. handbook and gender) and use the "books" filter on the left of the screen. Please see Omni Help.

Reference Materials

Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.

Selected Biographical Dictionaries




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.

Key databases:

Multidisciplinary databases:

  • 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:

Related databases:

For a more complete listing, see databases by subject webpage

For Canadian social issues:

Journal rankings

  • 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


Maps and images

Streaming videos

  • 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.
  • 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.

Government Statistics

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:

Research methods:

Start with Sage Research Methods, a comprehensive database of resources on research methods in the social sciences which includes:



Research ethics:









Citation searching

"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.

Web of Science  

  • 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]

Google Scholar

  • 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.

Current awareness

  • 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



  • 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

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

Selected resources to get started:

You can also:

Helpful documentation from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology:


Services for Graduate Students

Content last updated: March 3, 2020