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Sociology: Getting Started

Welcome to the Sociology Research Guide!

This guide is intended for students who are doing research in sociology,

either for classroom assignments, research papers, or exploring a career in sociology.


Encyclopedias are a great place to start your research. You can get background information to learn more about your topic so you can search smarter, not harder.

Books / eBooks

  Books and eBooks will take you on a deep dive into a broader topic. You can get background, history, context, and multiple perspectives. You can search for books and eBooks in the library's catalog.


Articles are a good if you need very specific or very recent information on a topic. You can search for articles in the databases that the library subscribes to.

Web Searching

Web searching can be a good place to start learning about a topic, but often it can take a lot of work to identify if a website is a good source or not.

Careers in Sociology

Exploring a career in sociology? Take a look at this page to find career-oriented resources for psychology.


Citing Sources

Citations are how you indicate to your readers what in your paper is your ideas and what are the ideas of others. Plus they're a required part of writing a research paper. Check with your instructor to find out if they prefer MLA or APA citation style.


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