Research Guide: Sociology & Social Work

Background Information

More books about sociology and related topics can be found on the fourth floor, in section H.

  • Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology
  • REF HM 425. J 64 2000
  • Dictionary of Sociology
  • REF HM 425. D 5735 2005
  • Encyclopedia of Community
  • REF HM 756. E 53 2003
  • Encyclopedia of Social Theory
  • REF HM 425. E 47 2005
  • Encyclopedia of Social Work
  • REF HV 12. E 53 2008
  • Encyclopedia of Sociology
  • REF HM 425. E 5 2000
  • Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods
  • REF H 62. S 34 2004
  • Social Work Dictionary
  • REF HV 12. B 37 2003

Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier

This multidisciplinary database is a great place to begin a search on any topic.


JSTOR is a journal archive that contains scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on all topics, including sociology, social work, and psychology.

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print

Mental Measurements Yearbook is a guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments. The MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership. MMY provides coverage from Volume 1 (1938) to the present.

Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection

This psychology database focuses primarily on behavioral and developmental psychology, and can be used to locate articles on all sorts of psychology and sociological topics.


PsycINFO is one of the most comprehensive psychology and sociology databases around. It can be used to find articles on topics as diverse as mental illness, child care, group dynamics, and more.

ScienceDirect Social Sciences and Humanities

This journal archive provides access to thousands of high quality articles in sociology and the social sciences.

Sociological Collection

This database contains scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on all topics in sociology, including interpersonal relationships, communication, social work, and more.

Web Resources

American FactFinder

This site uses data gathered by the US Census to create customizable maps, community profiles, and more.


Using trend and statistics analyzing software, Gapminder works to provide useful charts, videos, and presentations on global development trends.

Google Ngrams

Using their extensive library of digital books, Ngrams shows the usage of words from the early nineteenth century to the present in six different languages and two dialects of English.

Google Public Data Explorer

Google has collected a wealth of statistical and other data. This resource allows you to make your own charts and graphs using publicly available data.

Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence

This unique resource was created by a non-profit group dedicated to collecting and publishing information about crimes against humanity in the twentieth century. This online encyclopedia includes information from scholars, government reports, maps, chronologies, and much more.

Pew Social and Demographic Trends

The Pew Research Center are one of the most respected organizations in survey and demographic names. This site provides easy access to recent data about American social and demographic trends.


This is a social science meta-site that aims to serve as a collegial online meeting place for the exchange of freely available, sociology-oriented scholarly information.


Includes information on electronic journals, Giants of Sociology, associations, surveys and statistics, universities etc.

People & Organizations

American Sociological Association

The ASA's mission is advancing sociology as a science and profession, and promoting the contributions and use of sociology to society. This site provides organization information, current publications, membership information, annual meeting information, employment and funding opportunities, teaching resources and much more.

International Sociological Association

The ISA undertakes activities to secure and develop personal contacts between sociologists throughout the world, encourage the international dissemination and exchange of information on significant developments in sociological knowledge, and facilitate and promote international sociological research. This site contains information on the ISA's organization, membership info, research committees, working and thematic groups, meetings, journals and other sociology links.

National Association of Social Workers

This is the website of the largest organization of professional social workers in the world, which seeks to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

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