On this page
- Contact info
- Databases for journal articles
- Literature reviews and current awareness
- Grey literature
- Journal rankings
- Catalogue search for books and more
- Finding theses on your topic and submitting your own
- Open Access and publishing
- Citation searching
- Inter-Library Loans (ILL) Service
- Research Commons assistance for graduate students
- Printing and Scanning
- Selected library guides
This guide is an introduction to some of the tools and resources useful for graduate students in Sociology and Anthropology. See also guides, Services for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and Research methods for Anthropology and Sociology.
Databases for journal articles
Databases for Anthropology and Sociology
If the full text of an article is not within a database, then use the Get This button to check to see if SFU Library has a copy. If SFU Library does not own the journal then request a copy of the article through SFU Library's Inter-Library Loans Service.
How to find journal articles [guide]
Citation Finder Tool to locate journal articles, books, etc. when you have a specific citation but don't know where to find the item.
- AnthroSource - journals of the American Anthropological Association
- Anthropology Plus
- Sociological Abstracts - by American Sociological Association
- Social Sciences Full Text
- Social Theory - documents from prominent social sciences theorists such as Max Weber, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim
Other relevant databases
In addition to journal article databases, it is useful to use the bibliographies of recent theses.
- Ethnographic Video Online - for study of human culture and behavior
Handbook of Latin American Studies [HLAS]- Bibliography on social sciences and humanities topics on Latin America.
Note: the print version and online versions are not exact duplicates. It is useful to examine the print version for a listing by topics/themes.
- Note: the print version and online versions are not exact duplicates. It is useful to examine the print version for a listing by topics/themes.
- NFB.ca - National Film Board of Canada films online, including documentaries, animation and alternative dramas
- Oxford Bibliographies Online
- Sage Research Methods Online - Access to research methods online from books and numerous reference sources.
Literature reviews and current awareness
Annual reviews Literature reviews and topic overviews in the sciences and social sciences. An excellent starting point for learning about a topic and for finding key articles on trending research.
Oxford Bibliographies Online Lists key books, articles, and other sources on a wide variety of subjects via annotated and curated bibliographies. An excellent starting point for locating important literature and scholarly sources on a topic. Focuses on the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Abstracts and Index Dissertations and theses from around the world. Historic and ongoing coverage. Current theses on your topic can provide you with both research methods and useful bibliographies.
- Journal: Sociological methods and research
Many academic journals and websites offer search alerts as a convenience to their audiences. Sign up for an account or register with your favourite ejournal or article database to receive search alerts and/or table of contents by email.
- sshrc- list (sign up list for the social sciences and humanities research through the Office of Research Services)
- Selected new books and other items purchased by the Library
- Watch That Page - this website can send email alerts whenever a web page has been updated, which may be useful for tracking small publishers or societies.
Guides: Current awareness resources
BrowZine - brings scholarly, academic journal content together from multiple publishers and platforms into a single place, where you can save your favorite journals, view the tables of contents, and read or save articles, as new issues are released. Use the BrowZine App to set up table of contents alerts for your favorite journals. Use BrowZine Web to browse recent issues of journals by subject.
Citation Management software:Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote, other
NVIVO -software to assist with organizing your research (quantitative & qualitative)
Guide: Current Awareness Resources
Grey literature is information produced outside of traditional publishing and distribution channels, and can include reports, working papers, newsletters, government documents, speeches, white papers, urban plans, and so on. For more, try the guides: Grey literature, Government resources, and internet sources for government information for Other Countries.
- Canadian Research Index - to find Canadian government publications
Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris
- Contains the full text of public policy documents from Canadian institutes, think-tanks and research groups.
International governmental organizations (IGOs) are organizations made up of more than one national government—examples include NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and the WHO (World Heath Organization). The governments are the members. IGO Search is a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) that searches across IGO websites. It is a project of the International Documents Taskforce (IDTF) of the American Library Association (ALA). For more information on this project, including a growing list of IGOs included in the search, please see the IDTF wiki.
Scholars frequently wish to publish in scholarly journals that are important in their fields. The resources below rank journals for various disciplines.
- Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Web of Science
- Scimago Journal & Country rank - Gender Studies
- Google Scholar Metrics - Gender Studies
- Google Scholar Metrics - Sex & Sexuality
For ideas on publishing in Open Access journals, try:
Directory of Open Access Journals An index to high quality, peer reviewed open access research journals, periodicals and their articles' metadata. Each journal must exercise peer-review with an editor and an editorial board or editorial review (particularly in the Humanities) carried out by at least two editors and/or report primary results of research or overviews of research results to a scholarly community.
Catalogue search for books and more
Books can provide a more in-depth look at topics.
Search SFU Library Catalogue
As a part of your literature review process, use the SFU Library Catalogue for books, articles and more. Using the "expand" box will provide results from other libraries that also use the same Integrated Library System (ILS) as SFU Library. For search tips, try: SFU Library catalogue search guide.
Image below shows how you can search using SFU Library Catalogue and then select the box to "expand results beyond SFU Library collection. However this expanded search is limited to libraries which use ExLibris, the same Integrated Library System (ILS) as the one used by SFU Library.
Search other library catalogues
Searching the catalogues below will provide you with resources from other academic and public libraries.
- WorldCat (restricted to SFU users) - provides information about content of over 9000+ libraries
- Library and Archives Canada - provides information about content of Canadian libraries
- Illume - provides information about the content of BC libraries
- Center for Research (CRL) Libraries Catalog
Books on research methods
Find SFU theses
Summit Institutional Repository
Search syntax: Theses Department of Sociology Anthropology
Watch for name of department in the right-hand column of search results
Find non-SFU theses
- Proquest Dissertations and Theses Abstracts and Index - Database of more than 2 million citations, dating back to 1861, to dissertations accepted for doctoral degrees. Abstracts are available for all records since 1980.
Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD) Open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world from colleges, universities, and research institutions.
EBSCO Open Dissertations A open-access index to historic and contemporary dissertations and theses primarily in the United States but also from select institutions from around the world. Some citations include links to the full text when available.
- Theses Canada Free access to the full text of Canadian theses and dissertations that were published from 1998 to August 31, 2002. Citations since 1965.
SFU guidelines for submitting thesis
- Preparing and Submitting Your Thesis provides deadlines, forms, workshops, templates
- SFU theses workshops
- Contact the Theses Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org / 778.782.4747
Open Access and publishing
- SFU Open Access Policy
- Scholarly Publishing. Issues in academic publishing and scholarly communication.
- SUMMIT - SFU Library's Institutional Repository
"Citation searching" is a technique to find scholarly clusters for a research topic. Take the citation for a key book or journal article and try to see who might have used that citation in their bibliography.
- Topic alerts - set up alerts in any category or sub-specialty and receive regular updates of the latest research.
- Citation Alerting -keep track of particular citations, to see if anyone is citing it in recent journals.
- You can set up a citation alert whenever you’re reading a full-text article by clicking on "Save as Citation Alert."
- Web of Science - How to do a Cited Reference Search tutorial [4 min 16 seconds]
For Cited Reference Search. Look at the link "cited by".
search for your "key" article. Check the link "cited by" right beneath the reference to that article
TIP: to avoid an overload of irrelevant stuff, set up an alert on the page where you list out "cited references"
captures a "wider" range of journals and also includes "book chapters" etc.
SFU Authorized users can obtain full text links to SFU Library resources, by going to Google Scholar Settings and clicking on Library links. Then type and select Simon Fraser University - Get@SFU and Save.
OR use the Off Campus and Wireless Access Bookmarklet to gain access to the full text licensed by SFU Library.
Google Search tips
Search results limited to words in the title of document, using "intitle:". Use capital "OR" for synonynms. Put braces "()" around words that mean the same thing.
intitle:Madagascar intitle:(feminist OR feminism)
Search for documents from a particular country's domain. The example below is for India, with country code of ".in"
Web country codes
Inter-Library Loans (ILL) Service
To find out if SFU Library owns a particular book or if it subscribes to a specific journal:
- Search the Library Catalogue
- For items that the SFU Library does not have, place an ILL request: Request items from other libraries
SFU Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements that allow SFU users to borrow materials in person at select post-secondary libraries in BC and across Canada. See the below agreements for more information:
- Lower Mainlaind Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement [between SFU, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, University College of the Fraser Valley]
COPPUL: Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement
- Go to SFU Library Loans Desk at any of the SFU Library locations to have them create a "COPPUL" card for you. This allows you to go to partner institutions and borrow materials (e.g. UBC Library). Please observe the "loans" policies of that institution.
- Conference Alerts - Academic and professional conference listings by subject and region
Research Commons assistance for graduate students
Research Commons provides support for academic writing and learning at the graduate level
- Library books on writing process
- Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article
- Writing the literature review : a practical guide
Doing your social science dissertation
- Writing services
Read Ahead Service
- Submit a Consultation request and choose "Writing" as the Consultation Type.
- Graduate Open Writing Lab: Write Time, Write Space (drop-in)
- Data & statistics information
- GIS (Geographic Information Systems), including geospatial data and maps.
- Scholarly publishing and open access
Printing and Scanning
- FAQ - Information on printing, scanning + photocopying
Selected library guides
- Evaluating sources [video from Western University]
- Finding book reviews and writing book reviews
- How to critically evaluate sources
- Literature reviews for graduate students
- Conducting media literature reviews
- News resources: Finding newspaper articles and newspapers
- Services for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
- Research methods for gender, sexuality. and women's studies
- Research guides by type or format of publication
- Writing Annotated bibliographies