The databases below are the top resources for finding scholarly, peer-reviewed literature in sociology.
Key Sociology Databases
Social Sciences Full Text (EBSCO)
Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)
An interactive PsycINFO Tutorial allows students to learn and practice advanced search techniques.
Search for literature related to your variable!The Bibliography of Data-Related Literature is a continuously-updated database of thousands of citations of works using data held in the ICPSR archive. The works include journal articles, books, book chapters, government and agency reports, working papers, dissertations, conference papers, meeting presentations, unpublished manuscripts, magazine and newspaper articles, and audiovisual materials.
- Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
3rd floor, Falvey Library: H61.8 .G3 1999
- The Sociology Student Writer's Manual
3rd edition, 2002
2nd floor, Falvey Library, Reference Stacks: REF HM585 .S638 2002
See pp. 188-193 on literature reviews.
- Preparing Literature Reviews: Qualitative and Quanitative Approaches
4th floor, Falvey Library
3rd edition, 2008: Q180.55.E9 P36 2008
2nd edition, 2004: Q180.55.E9 P36 2004
- The Academic Writer's Toolkit: A User's Manual
3rd floor, Falvey Library: PE1408 .B477 2008
Even though you have been using APA style for the past 4 years, you may be full of dread at the thought of writing your reference list. The library is here to help!
Whether writing your reference list by hand or proofreading a Refworks bibliography, you will definitely need to have the APA rules on hand. Check out the resources below:
- If you need to see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association-the official authority on all things APA-stop by the Information Desk to browse a copy.
- If you find the Publication Manual confusing or scary (or both), try the APA Online Tutorial. This video guide is clear and easy to watch. It gives a thorough overview of how to format your paper and cite your sources.
- For those trickier scenarios (how do I cite my class notes? how do I cite a blog post?), try searching the APA Style Blog. This is another official APA site, so it is an authoritative source.
- The Purdue OWL is a clear and easy to understand source of information for how to use APA style. Since it is not an official publication of the APA, check the Publication Manual when in doubt.