Sociology

soc books. decorativeThe study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society. Sociology tends to focus on industrialized societies, human behavior in groups, how groups form, how they are organized, how they interact and how they change. Start your research with:

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  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context Full Text. Pro/Con articles on a variety of subjects, statistics, and a wide variety of other reference and periodical sources. Via Gale. Opposing Viewpoints in Context Full Text. Pro/Con articles on a variety of subjects, statistics, and a wide variety of other reference and periodical sources. Via Gale.
  • CQ Researcher Full Text. Reports on contemporary social issues, from Congressional Quarterly Press. CQ Researcher Full Text. Reports on contemporary social issues, from Congressional Quarterly Press.
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    book coverOpenStax “Intro to Sociology” 2nd edition contains comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories in sociology.

     

    Cambridge Dictionary of Sociologydecorative. book cover.

    Oxford Dictionary of Sociology (print Reference HM 425 .D5735 2005)

    The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology (print Reference HM 425 .C66 2011)

    World of Sociology (Gale)  A comprehensive, subject-specific guide to the concepts, theories, discoveries, developments and pioneers related to the field of sociology. 

    Encyclopedia of Race & Racism

    Social Theory: the Multicultural, Global, and Classic Readings (print Stacks HM 585 .S584 2013)

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    FilmsOnDemand: Sociology.

     

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    Sociology from Ted: Ideas Worth Spreading

     

    RSA Videos
    Shorts and animations from the Royal Sociological Society.

     

     

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    ASA Topics
    Through Sociology, we study our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes. ASA Topics web pages provide various lenses through which to explore those studies, their findings and the questions that they trigger. 

    Undergraduate Resources from the ASA. Thinking about majoring in Sociology?

    Contexts (ASA blog)

    Everyday Sociology Blog Features interesting, informative, and most of all entertaining commentary from sociologists around the United States

    Sociological Images
    Sociological Images encourages all kinds of people to exercise and develop their sociological imagination by presenting brief discussions of compelling and timely imagery that span the breadth of sociological inquiry.

     

    Podcasts

    Oxford University Department of Sociology

    Sociology Podcast Series (from Sage Publications)

    ASA Style Guide

    American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide is available at the Reference Desk.  Purdue has produced some basic information on ASA Style for citations.  Your instructor may want you to use another style. Be sure to check first.

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