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SOC 200 Introduction to Sociology: Finding Information (articles, books, & encyclopedias)

Getting Started

Do you need to skim current sociology research or look up definitions of sociology concepts? Check the below recourses:

Encyclopedias provide wonderful scholarly summaries/ overviews of topics.

  • Sometimes the author of the entry was asked to write because he or she is an expert on the topic - so look for other works he or she has written

  • Reviewing the bibliography, you may find a list of helpful articles. 

Helpful Dictionaries:

Finding Books

Find books IN the library by searching the Library catalog 

         >have books we don't own sent to you from other libraries

Find eBooks (book online) 

Browsing Sociology Call Numbers

Pepperdine University Libraries arrange books by Library of Congress call numbers. The major sections for sociology are listed below.

HM Sociology (general)
HN Social history & conditions, Social problems, Social reform
HQ The family, Marriage, Women
HS Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.
HT Communities, Classes, Races
HV Social pathology, Social & public welfare, Criminology

For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online: H subclasses.

Browsing Sociology Subject Headings

Standardized subject headings are used for subject searches in library catalogs. Some sample subject headings relating to sociology:

Clinical sociology
Communities
Criminal Behavior
Criminology
Deviant Behavior
Group Identity
Organizational Sociology
Political Sociology
Social Change
Social Conditions
Social Conflict
Social Ethics
Social Influence
Social Institutions
Social Problems
Social Psychology
Social Structure
Social Systems
Socialization
Sociological Aspects
Sociological Jurisprudence
Sociology
Sociology Research
Subculture

Finding Articles

Multidisciplinary Databases: 

 Sociology Subject Specific Databases: 

The Family and Child Development Databases: 

Jaimie Beth Colvin

Encyclopedia

Encyclopedias provide wonderful scholarly summaries/ overviews of topics.

  • Sometimes the author of the entry was asked to write because he or she is an expert on the topic - so look for other works he or she has written
  • Reviewing the bibliography, you may find a list of helpful articles. 

(Online) Dictionaries & Encyclopedias