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Reference Sources

Annual Review of Sociology. Palo Alto, CA: Annual Reviews, 1975-. 

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Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology: A User's Guide to Sociological Language (Ref 301.03 J630) 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2000.

Dictionary of Statistics and Methodology: A Non-Technical Guide for the Social Sciences. (Ref 300.151 V868) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1999.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

Encyclopedia of Social Measurement. (Ref 300.72 K324) 3 vols. Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic, 2005.

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HarperCollins Dictionary of Sociology. (Ref 301.03 J299) New York: HarperPerennial, 1991.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. (Ref 300.3 In8a) 26 vols. New York: Elsevier, 2001.

New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought. (Ref 261.8 D978) Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 1994.

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Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. (Ref 300.72 L589) 3 vols. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004.

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Social Issues in America: An Encyclopedia. (Ref 300.5 C490) Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2006.

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Web Sites

American Sociological Association - General information about the association.

Everyday Sociology Blog - Sociology professors blog about current events and everday things and how to think about them sociologically.

Socjournal (Electronic Journal of Sociology) -  Intended to bring sociological research to the world beyond academia. Includes a blog, columns and academic reports)

Sociological Tour Through Cyperspace - a Web document with information and many links to Web resources in Sociology. Created by Michael Kearl, Professor of Sociology, Trinity University, TX.

Sociologists Page - Links to information about major sociological thinkers including excerpts from their writings. From the Sociological Institute of the University of Amsterdam.

SocioSite - A comprehensive collection of Web sociology Links. Select "Subject Areas" for links to resources in a broad array of subjects related to sociology. From the Sociological Institute of the University of Amsterdam.

Statistics and Public Opinion

ProQuest Statistical DataSets is a Web-based research solutions tool that provides fast and easy...

FedStats - Links to statistics from U.S. Government Agencies.

U.S. Census Bureau - An excellent starting point for statistics of any kind. - "...a vast compilation of data from such sources as CIA World Factbook, United Nations, WHO, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF, and OECD". Allows you to compare countries.

Gallup Poll. (Ref 303.38 G138a) Wilmington, DE: Scholarly, 1935 to present.

Pew Social and Demographic Trends - Reports on a wide variety of social trends from the Pew Research Center - Publishes the results of current polls. National data is free; state level data requires membership. Great resource!

World Public Opinion - A publication of the Program on International Policy Attitudes.

For more statistics, be sure to look at the Library's General Statistics page.


Data Sets

Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) - This site "promotes the acquisition, archiving and distribution of electronic data for social science teaching and research in Europe." Through its "Catalogue" it allows you to search a common catalog for data archives of all member organizations.

General Social Survey Data and Information Retrieval System - From the University of Michigan, the GSS is a personal interview survey of U.S. households conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). Queens College provides software to download the information and an electronic searchable version of NORC's annotated bibliography of papers using the General Social Surveys.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) - A collection of data sets available to researchers for a fee.

Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) - From University of Michigan, a network of census datasets and class exercises, for "hands on" data analysis. Datasets are from US census materials from 1950 through 1990, and are appropriate for use in such topics as: immigration, children, the elderly, and marriage.

Social Science Data Collection - From UC San Diego, the SSDC is a collection of large numeric datafiles as well as a set of computer programs that provide easy access to those datafiles through a menu interface. Some data will be restricted to UCSD only.

Sociometrics - A commercial site where you can search for datasets, and purchase them. There is some support services offered as well.

Citing Sources

The accepted citation style for sociology is the American Sociological Association (ASA) Style.

For more help citing use the American Sociological Association Quick Style Guide.

For more help citing sources consult the full Style Guide in print.

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