Sociology information resources: Books & articles

Library guides


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Journal articles

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Literature reviews

  • Annual Reviews - In addition to the "Annual review of anthropology " and " Annual review of sociology", the search engine will find review articles from criminology, economics, environment, genomics and human genetics. law, political science, public health and more.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online - provides "literature reviews" for topics in sociology, anthropology, African studies, geography, international relations, Islamic studies, Latin American studies, political science and more.


  • GEOBASE - for human geography, labour, migration, refugees, etc.
  • Social Theory - documents from prominent social sciences theorists.
  • Sage Research Methods Online - Search or browse a wide variety of sources on research methods, including ebooks, articles, reference sources, and videos. Also includes research tools and instructional content.

For Canadian perspectives:

  • CBCA Complete - Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) - indexes Canadian publications
  • Canada Commons (formerly, Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris) - for public policy documents from Canadian institutes, think-tanks and research groups.

For more, try Sociology Databases
For Primary documents, check the guide to "publication types" and choose Primary sources.

Citation searching

To see who is citing your "key" authors or to identify a cluster of people working in an area, try "citation searching."

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Evaluating sources

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