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Encyclopedia of identity. 2010. Ed. R. Jackson. Online.
Encyclopedia of social theory. 2004. Online. Covers the key concepts, theorists, schools, texts, and traditions, including behavior, culture, Marxism, and feminism.
Encyclopedia of sociology. 2001. 2nd edition. Online. A standard reference work in the field.
International encyclopedia of revolution and protest. Online. Important for its coverage of revolutionary social movements, left-politics, and radical leaders.
International encyclopedia of the social sciences. 2008. Online. Landmark reference work that covers methodology, disciplines, intersecting fields, and applications.
The purpose of this guide is to recommend print and electronic resources for conducting research in Sociology at the J.N. Desmarais Library. Click on the links on the left for suggestions about starting your research, getting books, articles and finding other useful tools for research in Sociology.
Cambridge dictionary of sociology. 2006. Print. Authoritative overview of classical and contemporary sociology, including themes such as cultural change, genetics, globalization, and information technologies.
Critical dictionary of sociology. 1989. Online. Translation of the 2nd French edition. Valuable for its overview of sociological concepts.
Dictionary of sociology. 4th edition. 2014. Print.
Penguin dictionary of sociology. 2006. 5th edition. Print. A standard reference work.
Sage dictionary of sociology. 2006. Online. Over 1,000 entries on key concepts and theorists.
In the library: The Library User Assistance Desk to your immediate left as you enter the library is a good place to start.
By email: Email the librarian responsible for your faculty for a reply during regular working hours.
By telephone: 705-675-4803, or toll free at 1-800-661-1058, ext. 2
For Distance Education students: Telephone: 1-800-661-1058, ext. 2 or email: Distance_l@laurentian.ca
Get call numbers
Materials relevant to Sociology fall broadly under the H to HX areas of the Library of Congress classification schedule, especially HM through to HT. Sociology also connects to many other knowledge fields, so it is worth the time to round up several call numbers that take you to different areas fo the collection to see what may be there.
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
Sociology connects to many other knowledge fields, so it is worth the time to round up several call numbers that take you to different areas of the collection to see what is there.
The Library Catalogue
The catalogue is your primary tool for finding books in the J.N. Desmarais Library. You can also use the catalogue to find other materials, including government publications and journals (the journals themselves--not individual articles).
You can search the catalogue by:
- Journal Title
When you know the book you are searching for, pick Title or Author; when you are searching for a topic, start with Keyword unless you know the Subject heading describing your topic.
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.
Properly citing your sources is an extremely valuable and necessary skill when completing your research. See Laurentian's Citation Style Guides for quick reference guides on commonly used citation styles.
The Department recommends APA style for citations and bibliographies:
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.
Purdue Online Writing Lab. Excellent open-access site for learning how to cite in APA style.
Tracking Your Research
Zotero is a FREE web-based citation manager that will allow you to:
- Directly import references from article databases, the library catalogue, e-book collections, etc.
- Manage and organize your references.
- Create a bibliography.
- Share your references with others
- Add in-text citation and a bibliography directly into your assignment
Getting started with Zotero: