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Sociology & Criminology: Find Articles & More

Resources for Sociology & Criminology research at WKU

Find Articles

Academic articles contain original research on a narrow topic. They are usually peer-reviewed and are published in scholarly journals. 

To find articles on your topic, use keywords to search in one of the databases listed below. For additional help, check out our tutorial on finding scholarly / peer-reviewed articles.

If the article you want isn't available in full text you can request it for free from Interlibrary Loan

Find Background Information

Background information gives you a general overview of a topic and is a great way to find keywords and learn basic concepts. You can use Wikipedia or one of the reference sources listed below. 

Find Books

Scholarly books are much longer than articles and they provide more depth and context. You can find physical books or e-books using the search box below. Try searching by subject, keyword, author, or title. 


If you would like to browse the library's collection of physical books, check out the following call numbers (listed below by topic):


 Subject  Call # Range
History of Sociology. History of sociological theory


Schools of sociology. Schools of social thought HM461-473

Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects

Culture HM621-656
Social control HM661-696
Social systems HM701
Social structure HM706
Groups and organizations HM711-806 
Deviant behavior. Social deviance HM811-821
Social institutions HM826
Social change HM831-901
Social psychology HM1001-1281
Social perception. Social cognition HM1041-1101
Interpersonal relations. Social behavior HM1106-1171
Social influence. Social pressure HM1176-1281
Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform HN1-995
The church and social problems HN30-39
Community HM756-781
Community centers. Social centers HN41-46
Sexual life HQ12-449
The family. Marriage. Home HQ503-1064
Gay Rights Movement. Gay Liberation Movement. Homophile Movement HQ76.5-76,8

Rural groups. Rural sociology

Classes HT601-1445
Races HT1501-1595
Criminology HV6001-9960 
Citizenship (Political Rights/Participation) JF799-1177



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