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This guide provides links to resources available at the Waidner-Spahr Library and on the World Wide Web to support the Sociology program at Dickinson College.

Some resources are restricted to people currently affiliated with Dickinson. Because Sociology research can cross over many academic disciplines (such as Anthropology, American Studies, History, Psychology, etc.)

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a librarian for help with specific topics.

Liaison Librarian: Anna Kozlowska, 717-245-1849

Religion: Conflict, Violence and Peacemaking Research Guide

Conflict Resolution Research Guide

Sociology of Violence Research Guide

Women, Culture, and Development Research Guide

New American Religious Diversity Research Guide

Global Inequality Research Guide

Qualitative Methods Research Guide


General Sources for Sociology

Reference Sources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.)

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences Available Online

This digital version of the nine-volume set provides an overview of a variety of social science topics, as well as a bibliography and cross-linking to related topics. It also provides biographical information on scholars in social science fields.

Encyclopedia of Social Theory REF HM425 .E47 2004

Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology HM425 .C36 2006

Encyclopedia of Sociology REF HM17 .E5 1991

Key Sociological Thinkers REF HM51 .K43 1998

Dictionary of the Social Sciences REF H41 .D53 2002

Books, Government Publications

The Library of Congress Classification System, which is the call number system utilized for locating and organizing library resources, breaks Sociology down into primarily these areas.

Note: Because of the interdisciplinary nature of sociological research, not all books of interest will fall in these areas.:

H = Social Science

HM = Sociology in General

HN = Social History and conditions. Social Problems. Social Reform

HQ = The Family. Marriage. Women.

HS = Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.

HT = Races

HV = Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology

Dickinson Library Catalog This online catalog includes all the books, films and government publications owned by the Dickinson College Library.

WorldCat (login may be required) This online catalog includes the books, films, government publications owned by libraries all over the world, including, but not limited to Dickinson College. WorldCat can help you identify books and other materials on a topic beyond what is available at Dickinson. Once identified, you can use the Dickinson Library's Borrow From Other Libraries service to obtain the books. Note: WorldCat is NOT best for searching for individual journal articles. The U.S. government's official web portal. Useful for finding U.S. Federal Government websites and publications, including statistical information. Includes a search feature, an A-Z index of federal agencies, and links to state and local information sources.

Major Sociology Journal Article Databases

Annual Reviews "Annual Reviews articles examine entire subfields in depth, they are written by experienced researchers upon invitation from one of our Editorial Committees." (publisher website) Select Sociology (or other relevant disciplines for your topic) from the main Annual Reviews page. Then search by keyword from the search feature on the left (make sure you select ‘This Series’). Reviews date back to the 1970’s. To search for articles older than this decade, be sure to select the proper date range.

Sociological Abstracts Indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Includes abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Coverage Range: 1952 to present. Advanced search tools include Thesaurus of Sociological Indexing Terms, an aid for picking search terms.

Web of Science Searches both social science and science materials, and allows the user to see what other articles have cited a chosen paper. Provides access to Social Science Citation Index Expanded and Science Citation Index Expanded. Coverage Range: 1965-present.

Social Sciences Full Text Covers English-language periodicals, published in the United States or internationally, in sociology, anthropology, psychology, geography, economics, political science, and law. Indexes material from 1983-present, includes abstracts for material 1984-present and contains some full-text for 1994 to present.


The Dickinson College Library has many film documentatries relevant to Sociology in both DVD and VHS format. You can search for films or browse Sociology films.

Films can be difficult to find in our catalog without an exact title.

For help finding film on a topic, please Ask a Librarian.

Sociology-focused Websites

Sociology and Anthropology Sources An important and valuable metasite: a gateway to assorted additional web information. Includes links to a variety of resources helpful in many fields of the social sciences, including sociology/anthropology, demography, women's studies, etc.

The SocioWeb The SocioWeb styles itself as an independent guide to the Sociological resources available on the Internet, founded in the belief that the Internet can help to unite the sociological community in ways never before possible.

Sociology Departmental Links For a list of valuable web sites associated with sociological research, see Dickinson's Sociology Departmental Page.

Marriage and Family Reference Works

International encyclopedia of marriage and family / James J. Ponzetti, Jr., editor in chief. New York : Macmillan Reference USA, c2003. (4 vols.) REF HQ9 .E52 2003.

Encyclopedia of family life / editor, Carl L. Bankston III ; project editor, R. Kent Rasmussen. Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, c1999. (5 vols.) REF HQ534 .E53 1999

Handbook of aging and the family / edited by Rosemary Blieszner and Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford ; foreword by Lillian E. Troll. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1995. REF HQ1061 .H3353 1995.

Race and Ethnicity Reference Works

Encyclopedia of the stateless nations : ethnic and national groups around the world / James Minahan. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002. (4 vols.) REF D860 .M56 2002.

Ethnic cultures of the world : a statistical reference / Philip M. Parker. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997. REF GN495.4 .P37 1997.

World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples produced by the non-governmental organization Minority Rights Group International: "Reflecting MRG’s own focus, the online directory is primarily concerned with the rights of national, ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples. Thus, the focus is on settled communities rather than new migrant communities, although it is difficult to draw a firm line between them, particularly in Western Europe, where we cover both national minorities and major immigrant communities." See additional details in the About the Directory section of the website.

Racial and ethnic relations in America / editorial board, Carl L. Bankston III ... [et al.] Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, c2000. (3 vols.) REF E49 .R33 2000.

The color of words : an encyclopaedic dictionary of ethnic bias in the United States / Philip H. Herbst. Yarmouth, Me., USA : Intercultural Press, [1997]. REF E184 .A1 H466 1997.

Multiculturalism in the United States : a comparative guide to acculturation and ethnicity / edited by John D. Buenker and Lorman A. Ratner. New York : Greenwood Press, c1992. REF E184 .A1 M85 1992.

Class and Social Stratification Reference Works

Working Americans, 1880-1999 / by Scott Derks. Lakeville, CT : Grey House Pub., 2000-2001. (6 vols.) Updated annually. REF HD8066 .D47 2000

Statistical handbook on poverty in the developing world / edited by Chandrika Kaul and Valerie Tomaselli-Moschovitis. Phoenix, AZ : Oryx Press, 1999. REF HC59.72 .P6 S73 1999

A Statistical portrait of the United States : social conditions and trends / edited by Patricia C. Becker. Lanham, Md. : Bernan Press, c2002. REF HA214 .S84 2002. Also Available Online.

Statistics and Primary Data Sources

ICPSR (Intercollegiate Center for Political and Social Research) ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. This is a valuable online storehouse of ownloadable data from surveys and qualitative research. Dickinson College is a member of ICPSR.

American Community Survey Provides annual data covering a wide range of social, economic and housing characteristics for the population by a multitude of demographic variables. The data are available for more than 7,000 areas, including all congressional districts as well as counties, cities, metro areas and American Indian and Alaska Native areas of 65,000 population or more.

Dickinson College Library Statistics Research Guide Describes strategies for finding statistics, and provides links to statistical sources from a variety of sources by agency, geographic region and by subject.

Citing Your Sources

Note: Print copies of citation style manuals are on reserve at the library, and may be checked out for use within the library.

Chicago Manual of Style Online (login may be required) -- See also Chicago Style

American Sociological Association Style Guide (ASA or ASR style), 3rd edition (2007) is available print on reserve at the library. -- See also ASA Style

A Quick Style Guide for Students Writing Sociology Papers is based on the 1997 edition of the ASA Style Guide.

RefWorks citation management software can format your bibliography in the ASA Style. Current Dickinson College students, faculty, and staff can setup an individual RefWorks account. Please see our RefWorks FAQ or Consult a Librarian for further assistance.

Related Disciplines Research Guides

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of sociological research, you should also consider using resources in other disciplines related to your research topic. See the Dickinson College Library's Research Guides by Subject, Major or Department.