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Library of Congress Classification for Sociology
H - HX Sociology
HD Industry and labour
HM Sociology. History. Theory. Culture. Groups and organizations. Social psychology (e.g., social perception, cognition, interpersonal relations)
HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
HQ The family. Sexuality. Life cycle. Gerontology. Men. Women
HT Communities. Urban and rural sociology. Classes. Races
HV Social pathology (e.g., substance abuse). Social and public welfare. Criminology
Articles: Quick Tips
The databases to the right provide references to many scholarly journal articles and papers.
- Start off with keyword searches expressing your topic. Keyword searching crosses all fields.
- Use Search Operators such as "OR" and "AND" to expand or reduce your results.
- Review those items that look relevant, then, exploit the details within those entries to help lead you to other relevant articles.
- Pay attention to the subject headings (often called "descriptors") to see how the database describes your topic and use them to find related articles.
- Find other papers written by the same author; these will typically be on similar subjects.
- Follow citation trails: other articles that have cited this article will probably be on a related subject and will include citations to other articles of interest.
- For more Secrets of Searching a Database, review that section in How to Research Like a Librarian.
Related online resources for articles
JSTOR is a comprehensive resource for searching the back runs of over 1,000 leading journals in multiple knowledge fields, including Sociology. There is a delay of three to five years before the journal is available in JSTOR.
We get major newspapers like the Globe and Mail and the New York Times. Lexis Nexis also contains the full-text (no photos) of major newspapers worldwide, including North America, Europe, and the U.K., updated daily.
Getting Articles @ Laurentian
In any database, when you see an article that interests you, click on it and, unless the article is available within the database itself, within the record you will see an image that says "Get it @ Laurentian":
When you click on that, you will arrive at a menu which will lead to an electronic copy of the article you want, or, if not available electronically, to Laurentian's catalogue which will allow you to check if the article is available in print in the library, and if not, to a final link which allows you to order the item through Interlibrary loan.
Publication Manual of the APA & Chicago Manual of Style
The Department recommends APA or Chicago style for citations and bibliographies.
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations (known as "Turabian" after its first author) introduces Chicago.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Also known as the APA style manual. 6th ed. 2010. Print.
An easyguide to APA style. 2014. Print.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab. The best open-access site for learning how to cite in APA, Chicago, and other styles.