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.
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.
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):
|Call # Range
|History of Sociology. History of sociological theory
|Schools of sociology. Schools of social thought
Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects
|Groups and organizations
|Deviant behavior. Social deviance
|Social perception. Social cognition
|Interpersonal relations. Social behavior
|Social influence. Social pressure
|Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
|The church and social problems
|Community centers. Social centers
|The family. Marriage. Home
|Gay Rights Movement. Gay Liberation Movement. Homophile Movement
Rural groups. Rural sociology
|Citizenship (Political Rights/Participation)