Selected Resources for: Sociology (general aspects)

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This subject covers: non-medical, non-psychological aspects of aging, adolescence, alcoholism, childhood, drug abuse, death, disabilities, family, homelessness, marriage, mass phenonmena, population planning, poverty, roles, sex, socialization and urbanization.


Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present with over 2,000 journals including all key English-language historical journals.

Dissertations and theses from over 1000 universities. Doctoral dissertations are indexed for almost all North American graduate schools and many European universities. Masters theses from selected schools only. Provides bibliographic citations for older titles. Abstracts are included for dissertations since 1980 and for masters theses since 1988. Some dissertations, beginning with 1997 publication dates, are available digitally. These include the University of Minnesota and other CIC member universities.

Covers the world's scholarship in history from 1450 to the present.

Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches nearly 1200 of the most important journals in these subject areas. Updated, uniform subject headings facilitate your search, with the original subject headings also provided. Subjects Covered Include: Addiction Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Community Health & Medical Care, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Minority Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Planning & Public Administration, Policy Sciences, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Welfare, Religion and Theology, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies.

Use this index for broad coverage of social science issues worldwide. Includes articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, and book chapters.

Covers all areas of psychology since 1806. Provides citations, abstracts and some full-text of articles, books, book chapters and dissertation from more than 1300 international journals in psychology and related fields. Tutorial

CSA Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,600 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.

This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide. Sociological Abstracts includes citations from the 1952-present.

Indexes over 11,000 international journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Titles of the print equivalent are: Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Book Citation, Science Citation Index, and Social Sciences Citation Index. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk(*).

CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts is building on the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC-CLIO, 1984-2000. The database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration & public policy.


Catalogs & Indexes to Government Publications

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database contains summaries of more than 150,000 criminal justice publications, including Federal, State, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research.


Indexes, Other

PolicyFile draws its content from public policy think tanks, university research programs, research organizations and publishers. Some well known contributors include: the American Enterprise Institute, Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Cato Institute, Center for Defense Information, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Democratic Leadership Council, Economic Strategy Institute, Federation of American Scientists, Heritage Foundation, Hoover Institution, Hudson Institute, Institute for International Economics, International Monetary Fund, National Center for Policy Analysis, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, RAND Corporation, United States Institute of Peace, and the World Bank. Where available, access to home pages, electronic mail addresses and fulltext are made available within individual abstracts.

Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Catalogs

Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.


General Reference Sources

Encyclopedias

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (print)

Provides comprehensive information on a wide variety of social science topics, including terms, concepts, theories, methods, and people in the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, political science, psychology, sociology, and statistics.

SAGE Knowledge is the platform for accessing all subscribed content from Sage and and selected companion publishers CQ Press and Corwin. Sage Knowledge includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more. The Libraries have purchased all Sage Handbooks and Encyclopedias through 2011.


General Reference Works

SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a tool designed to help you create research projects and understand the methods behind them. SRMO's new taxonomy of over 1,400 unique methods terms links to authoritative content, including: Over 600 books; Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks; The entire "Little Green Book" and "Little Blue Book" series; Two major works collating a selection of journal articles; Newly commissioned videos.


Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

"The American Sociological Association (ASA), founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good....Working at the national and international levels, the Association aims to articulate policy and implement programs likely to have the broadest possible impact for sociology now and in the future."

This site provides a very useful selection of "publicly available data sets for primary and secondary analysis" of data.

A good listing of " some of the most useful starting points for sociological information on the Internet."

"Because scholarly societies are, and have been, so critical to the scholarly enterprise, it is essential that information about them be readily available to scholars." This site provides links to key organizations worldwide related to the study of sociology.

From Michael Kearl at Trinity University, this site provides a good base to begin any sociology Internet research.

Excellent megasite to statistical information and datasets.


Web Sites

A freely available Internet service which aims to provide a trusted source of selected, high quality Internet information for students, academics, researchers and practitioners in the social sciences, business and law.

An excellent set of links, blogs and other useful information related to sociology, politics and society. Created and maintained by University of Minnesota Sociology professors Doug Hartmann and Chris Uggen, this is an excellent place to learn how the principles, ideas and research in the field relate to our lives and help explain and understanding the world around us.

A useful, but quirky, timeline developed by Ed Stephan covers major events, people and theories in the field.


Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

Archives of voluntary-sector social service and social reform organizations and the personal papers of individual leaders primarily from late nineteenth and twentieth century America.


Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

This list from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research provides direction in finding other sources of data files for the purpose of statistical analysis.

Located within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, is a membership-based, ICPSR provides access to the world's largest archive of computerized social science data. This includes data sets for countries world wide that cover demographics and census, opinion polls, urban studies, education, economics, geography, legal systems, governments and elections, political behavior and attitudes, health care and other social indicators. See the New User Tutorial .

Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. The online version has full text from 1995-, although the series as a whole starts in 1878.


Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


Style Manuals

ASA style guide

Style guide put out by the American Sociological Association

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, educators, and professionals in psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, and justice administration.


Writing Guides

The Rhetoric Department, English Department, Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the General College Writing Center have come together to bring you writing support in one place.


University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

Kautz Family YMCA Archives

"The YMCA, founded in London in 1844, is the oldest and largest social institution in the United States, where it has been active since 1851. The Kautz Family YMCA Archives collects the historical records of its national organization, the YMCA of the USA and also holds records of the Minneapolis and Greater New York YMCAs and of related organizations serving the worldwide "Y" movement."

Information about the department and courses with links to selected resources for sociologists.


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