Subject Research Guides


General Research Information

Use this link for help on how to do general research at Carleton such as any of the following:

subject headings
print reference collection
indexes and electronic databases
web searching

Print Reference Collection

Use these sources at the beginning of your research to get an overview of a topic or to identify synonyms or related terms that will apply to your topic. Later, return to these sources to clarify concepts or define new vocabulary. These sources also include bibliographical references that may prove helpful. All of these sources are located in the Reference Collection.

Library of Congress Call Numbers to browse in the print reference collection or in the general collection for Sociology:

HN.......Social Problems
HQ......Women Studies, Gender, Family
HT.......Communities, Race
HX.......Socialism, Communism, Utopias

This is only a partial list of the call numbers pertaining to Sociology. For a complete listing, go to the Library of Congress Classification Outline, provided by the Cataloging Policy and Support Office of the Library of Congress.

Selected Print Reference Titles

Encyclopedias and other general reference titles are used to get an overview of a topic written by a specialist, find related terms that will apply to your topic, or identify a selected bibliography.

General Collection GN 1 .A623, 1972 to date
Annual Review of sociology, online coverage: 1975-1996.
(continues Biennial Review of Anthropology, 1959-1971.) Summarizes trends in subfields of sociology; contains extensive bibliographies on each topic; in JSTOR coverage does not include the most recent 5 years.

Ref HM 425 .E5 2000
Encyclopedia of Sociology
2nd ed. Offers overviews of topics including major debates and issues; selected bibliography at the end of the entry.

Ref HM 621 .K49 1999
Edgar, Andrew and Sedgwick, Peter, ed. Key Concepts in Cultural Theory
Includes terms like authority, consumption, post-colonial; each entry is signed by the contributor.

Ref HN 28 .E53 1994
Sterns, Peter, ed. Encyclopedia of Social History
A more narrow focus on concepts and topics like children, drinking, culture of poverty; includes the list of contributors.

Ref HV 5804 .E53 1995
Encyclopedia of Drugs and Alcohol
A 4 volume set; short bibliographies at the end of the entry; signed entries.

Ref HC 59.7 .W659 2000/01
World Development Report 2000/01: Attacking Poverty
Published by the World Bank; each year focuses on a topic; also online at World Bank-Documents,

Ref HQ 1381 .E44 1999
Peterson, Janice and Lewis, Margaret, ed. The Elgar Companion to Feminist Economics
Essay entries on topics such as structural adjustment policies, socialism, development policies, feminization of poverty, and others.

Ref HQ 1870.9 .W6548 1998
Stromquist, Nelly P., ed. Women in the Third World: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Issues
Entries are arranged by broad topic, Enablilng Conditions for Change, and by geographic area; includes a short bibliography for each entry.

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If you want to know whether Carleton subscribes to a particular journal, perform a TITLE search in Bridge using the exact title of the journal you're looking for. If Carleton does not own the journal you want, take advantage of our Interlibrary Loan Services.

Example title searches:

  • Journal of educational psychology
  • Educational theory

Always check Bridge if you want the most complete information about journal holdings.

Full text articles may be found in the following databases:

Selected full text is available through:

ProQuest Research Library
This aggregrate database includes some full text along with just the citations of journal articles.

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Databases and Indexes

Databases, indexes and abstracts give you an organized entry point into periodical literature. Carleton does not own every journal title indexed in the electronic databases the library offers. Check Bridge (the library's catalog) to see if we own the journal title you are looking for. If we don't, take advantage of our Interlibrary Loan Services.

Sociological Abstracts, 1952 to date.
Main index to the discipline.

PAIS, 1972 to date.
Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS) includes articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, book chapters, and statistical directories about goverment policy; international in coverage.

agricola, 1970 to date.
Global coverage of all aspects of agriculture.

Contemporary Women's Issues, 1969 to date.
CWI provides global coverage of information (articles, newsletters, IGOs, and more) on women.

Handbook of Latin American Studies, 1935 to date.
HLAS is a bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars.

Ref DT 3 .I58
International African Bibliography, 1974 to date.
Arranged by area of descending size; 1980 to date issues have subject and ethnic group indexes.

MarciveWeb DOCS, 1976 to date.
Basic index to publications from U.S. government agencies, executive documents, with selective coverage of Congressional publications; many of these titles owned by Carleton will be in Bridge. See a librarian for access to additional documents.

WOS/SSCI - Web of Science/Social Science Citation Index, 1969 to date.
The Institute for Scientific Information publishes the Social Sciences Citation Index, which provides access to current bibliographic information and cited references, covering more than 1,700 of the world's leading social sciences journals in a broad range of disciplines. It also covers individually selected, relevant items from more than 3,400 of the world's leading natural and physical science journals. A powerful capability is cited reference searching, a process whereby one tracks the number of times a specific work has been cited or referenced in other works.

Ref HQ 1111 .W65
Women Studies Abstract, 1972 to date.
Indexes scholarly and popular publications not covered by more mainstream indexes.

Ref HQ 1181 .W683
Women Studies Index, 1989 to date.
Straight alphabetical author and subject listing of bibliographic citations. Comprehensive indexing of scholarly periodicals, selective indexing of popular titles.

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Web Links

American Sociological Society -- Sections
An overview of the major areas in the field of Sociology

Sociological Tour through Cyberspace
Great source for the discipline.

WWW Virtual Library: Sociology
One of the basic sites for sociological resources.

"One stop shopping for federal statistics;" a subject guide to the Web sites of more than 70 statistical agency sites; useful if you are starting your search by topic and are unsure what agency(ies) collect the data.

Census Bureau
The best and largest gatherer of statistics in the world; useful categories on the web page are:

UN - United Nations

World Bank

WTO - World Trade Organization

UN - Economic And Social Development
The Council deals with issues such as living conditions, employment and work, development, health; reports, research and related materials available, many in full text; Subsidiary Bodies include commissions on women, social development, population, human rights and many more.

Governments on the WWW
Quick links to national, regional, and international government web pages. Close competitors include:

International Data Base - Census Bureau
Data band for 227 countries plus some useful links.

The major site for Latin American Studies; at UTexas.

African Studies WWW
One of the top sites for African Studies; at U. of Pennsylvania.

World Wide Web Virtual Library for Asian Studies; many links.

World Bank - Countries and Regions
Documents, reports, projects by country.

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This Research Guide By:

  • Kristin Partlo
    • Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences & Data
    • x7668
    • Gould Library 466