Sociology Subject Guide
guides are designed to help students begin the research process,
find reputable sources, and save time.
the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials
locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library
Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice
many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword,
'Sociology, the study of human social behavior, is defined by classes HM through HX in the
Library of Congress classification system. In broad terms, these classes cover general and
theoretical sociology; social history and conditions; marriage, family and sexual life (including women's studies);
secret and other societies and clubs; communities, classes and races; social problems, welfare and criminology; and
socialism, communism and utopianism.' --from Collections Overviews (Sociology), Library of Congress.
Examples of subject searches include:
parenthood, aging, poverty, capital punishment, fathers, adoption, terrorism, criminal justice, children abuse,
sexism, welfare, social movements, minorities, urban renewal, homeless, handicapped. Well-known
sociologists include: Emile Durkheim, Nancy J. Chodorow, Karl Mannheim, Simone de Beauvoir,
Anthony Giddens, Stuart Hall, Herbert Blumer, Harold Garfinkel, and Max Weber. Enter their last name first when
searching for them as authors or subjects.
include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors
put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter
than regular circulating books.
To search for
a book on reserve in the Library
Catalog, select from the pulldown menu, either Reserve
Materials by Course or Reserve Materials by Instructor.
When you have
located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and
present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.
Browsing the Library Collection
in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library
of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the
shelves by subject. Relevant areas in the collection to find materials
on art include:
CALL NUMBER RANGE
Social History, Problems, and Reform
Family, Marriage, Women
Societies and Clubs
Cities, Communities, Races
Social Service, Welfare, Criminology
Socialism, Communism, Utopias, Anarchism
Key Reference Sources
provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some
relevant reference books in sociology include:
American Social and Political Movements, 1900-1945: Pursuit of Progress.
Detroit: St. James, 2000.
D20.H543 2000 Rosenberg Reference
The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Psychology..
Oxford, UK: Cambridge, MA:
HM251.B476 1995 Rosenberg Reference
Dictionary of Medical Sociology. William C. Cockerham
RA418.C655 1997 Rosenberg Reference
Encyclopedia of American Social History.
Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family.
NY: Scribner, 1993.
HN57.E58 1993 Rosenberg Reference
NY: Macmillan, 1995
HQ9.E52 1995 Rosenberg Reference
Encyclopedia of Sociology.
NY: Macmillan, 1992.
HM17.E5 1992 Rosenberg Reference
The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology: A User's Guide to
Allan G. Johnson. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1995.
Key Sociological Thinkers
NY: New York U, 1998.
HM51.K43 1998 Rosenberg Reference
A Research Guide to Human Sexuality.
Kara Ellynn Lichtenberg. NY: Garland,
HQ21.L55 1994 Rosenberg Reference
Pasadena, CA: Salem, 2000
HM425.S63 2000 John Adams Reference
for Articles in Periodical Databases
group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject.
They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full
text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the differences
journal v. popular magazine articles?
databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you
will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access
those that CCSF subscribes to. You get the free barcode from the
Library either in person or online.
Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from
1980 to the present. Most useful for art topics are the InfoTrac
Expanded Academic ASAPand the Business INdex ASAP. These databases
let you limit your results to articles only from scholarly journals
by checking the box "Refereed titles."
Provides full text indexing of the Christian Science Monitor,
Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street journal, and
Washington Post -- Time periods vary.
Comprised of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority
and native press in America, this unique body of materials covers
a wide range of current topics and countless other social, political
and educational subjects. More than 200 publications covering 1995
to the present are represented, and searchable in both English and
SFPL - Electronic
Resources, Magazines, and Newspapers
San Francisco Public Library subscribes to many periodical and reference
databases. You must have a San Francisco Public Library
card number to access them. Once you have entered your barcode
number, select the subject - Art.
are some examples of academic/scholarly web sites pertaining to
art and art history. If you use a search engine, such as Google,
remember to evaluate
the quality of the results.
Social Science Gateways on the Net
Extensive resources compiled by the University of California San Diego.
WCSU List: Sociology Internet Resources
Based at Western Connecticut State University it provides ten topic sectors such as culture
and society, ethnicity, women, family, criminology, theory, research, and US census.
Julian Dierkes' Sociology Links
Julian Dierkes’ List of Sociology links at Princeton are mainly US sociology resources.
Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace
The Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace was designed for undergraduate students.
Online Dictionary of Social Sciences
Elwell’s Glossary of Sociology
By a professor at Murray State University, Kentucky. Glossary contains 450 entries.
Social Science Hub
Aimed at academics, the Social Science Hub, based in Australia, links news, data archives, and search tools around the world
Electric Journal of Sociology. http://www.sociology.org
with articles available on-line and indexed by author, title and date
American Journal of Sociology http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/AJS/
One of the two main American sociology journals
American Sociological Review http://www.pop.psu.edu/ASR/asr.htm
The other of the two main American sociology journals
Associations and Organizations
Statistical Resources on the Web: Sociology
Sociology is one of the 24 topics from the Web site of the Statistical Resources on the Web
(University of Michigan Documents Center). Links to data on a variety of topics, including: Agriculture,
Demographics, Economics, Education, Energy, Foreign Governments, Health, Politics, Sociology, Transportation,
Weather, and Comprehensive Data Sources.
University of California San Diego Social Science Data Collection.
Princeton University Data and Statistical Services
-- click on the “Data Library” to see what's available.
Counting California is searchable and browsable by subject, geographic area, publication title, and agency.
Also features full text of the California Statistical Abstract.
welcome your questions and can help you with your research. For
additional help you may go to the Reference Desk at any of the
5 CCSF campus libraries or telephone:
- Alice Statler
- John Adams
Campus Library: 415-550-4353
Campus library: 415-267-6513
Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and
registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in
a CCSF library.
and Web Research Workshops
FIfty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective
methods in searching for books, articles and information on the
and Citing Information Sources
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages,
how to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list,
and how to avoid plagiarism.
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