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Sociology and Anthropology graduate students Library research guide

Contact info

For Library research help, please contact Moninder Lalli, Librarian for Sociology / Anthropology by email () or Ask a librarian.

Research Commons assistance for graduate students

Library guides

SFU Library Research Commons provides support for graduate students: Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows guide.


SFU Library Catalogue search guide [guide]

Series of interest

Research methods books

►To search for books by subject heading, use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select Subject browse from the drop-down menu. 

Please consult the guide  "Information on research methods for Anthropology and Sociology" to find books on different types of research methods.

    Books on writing guideline

    Subject Headings for writing in the discipline

    Journal articles

    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.

    Databases for Anthropology and Sociology

    More databases:  Anthropology, Sociology databasesPrimary Documents databases

    Other relevant databases

    Reviewing journals

    Once you click on to one of these journals, you can search other "reviewing" journals on the "Annual Reviews" database.


    Finding SFU & non-SFU theses

    • 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.
    • Proquest Dissertations and Theses Abstracts and Index
      More than 2 million citations, dating back to 1861, to dissertations accepted for doctoral degrees. Abstracts are available for all records since 1980.
    First do an internet search for the thesis to see if the university library for that institution has made the thesis freely available in the digital format.  If not, use the SFU Library's ILL form to request a copy of the thesis.

    Submitting Your Thesis


    Open Access and publishing

    Current awareness

    Set up email alerts within databases.

    Guide: Current Awareness Resources

    • Selected New Books and Other Items Purchased by the Library
    • sshrc- list (sign up list for the social sciences and humanities research through the Office of Research Services)
    • Search alerts, web feeds, and RSS: Many academic journals and websites offer search alerts as a convenience to their audiences.
      • Sign up for an account or register with your favorite ejournal or article database to receive search alerts and/or table of contents by email.
    • 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. 
    • 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.

    Citation searching

      • 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
      • "Citation alerts"
        • 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.
      • Google power searching [online course by Google]
    • Web of Science  
      • 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 Sciences Cited References Searching Tutorial

    Catalogues of other libraries

    Inter-Library Loans (ILL) Service

    To find out if SFU Library owns a particular book or if it subscribes to a specific journal:

    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:


    Managing citations

    Software can be used to both manage citations and to create bibliographies using different citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)

    Access to SFU RefWorks accounts ceased on December 31st, 2017. Questions? Contact