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Selected resources for research in sociology and allied fields.

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More About Sociology Databases

Library databases (also known as "indexes") identify articles published on a particular topics. In addition to journal articles, many databases will also identify book chapters, dissertations, and other reports. 

We have two databases specific to sociology content:

  • Searching in Sociological Abstracts is sufficient for most research questions.
  • Sociological Abstracts is an indexing and abstracting database of approximately 1,000 journals plus additional publications, meaning that it provides robust indexing details (i.e., subject classifications) and article abstracts.
  • Links are provided to the full text (and it is seamlessly imported when available via ProQuest Sociology), but the full text is not searched.
    • Your search terms are those found in the article title, abstract, and details.
  • It contains abstracts for all articles in ProQuest Sociology, plus many, many more.
  • For everything you ever wanted to know about content and search options: Guide to Sociological Abstracts from ProQuest.
  • ProQuest Sociology is a full text article database of approximately 300 journals.
  • Use it if you want to search within the full text of articles.
  • It does not use the Sociological Abstracts thesaurus of subject classifications.

Pro Tip: Search Sociological Abstracts and ProQuest Sociology simultaneously by using the ProQuest "change databases" option at the top of the screen to select multiple databases.

More Databases with Sociology Content

Topics in sociology often overlap with complementary areas of inquiry. 

It may be useful to search within a multidisiplinary database/index, or other subject specific indexes.

Multidisciplinary Databases

General Social Sciences Databases

Subject Specific Social Science Databases

Selected list of complementary subject specific indexes that may be useful for interdisciplinary sociology research. For a complete list of all subject specific databases, use Library Search.

Full text with MGet It

Use the MGet It links in Sociological Abstracts and other databases to connect to the online full text of articles.

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Already have a citation? Use the MGet It Citation Linker.

Search for journals by title using the Library Online Journals Search, or in the Library Catalog.

If the library does not own the journal you need, submit a document delivery (interlibrary loan) request for the article.

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