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.

Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.

Reference Materials

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:

Related databases:

For a more complete listing, see databases by subject webpage

For Canadian social issues:



  • 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.

Find books on your topic to gain greater depth and understanding.

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:


  • 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.


Research ethics:








Selected resources to get started:

You can also:

Helpful documentation from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology:


Content last updated: January 8, 2020