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Selected resources for research in sociology and allied fields.

Writing Handbooks

Listed below are a selection of writing handbooks to help you get started. 

For a list of additional books, try one of the following subject searches in the Library Catalog:

  • Sociology -- Authorship
  • Sociology -- Authorship -- Style manuals. 
  • Sociology -- Authorship -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
  • Sociology -- Research -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. 
  • Social sciences -- Authorship.
  • Report writing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Dissertations, Academic -- Authorship.

General Writing Handbooks

Sociology Student Writing Handbooks

Writing, Research, & Publishing Guides

See also the Sage Research Methods database, which includes a large number of books about writing and research techniques.

Literature Review Resources


  • Boote, D. N., & Beile, P. (2005). Scholars Before Researchers: On the Centrality of the Dissertation Literature Review in Research Preparation. Educational Researcher, 34(6), 3–15. doi:10.3102/0013189X034006003
  • Dunne, C. (2011). The place of the literature review in grounded theory research. International Journal Of Social Research Methodology, 14(2), 111-124. doi:10.1080/13645579.2010.494930
  • Reviewing the Literature. (2005). In Jerry J. Wellington, A. Bathmaker, C. Hunt, G. McCulloch, & P. Sikes (Eds.), Succeeding with Your Doctorate. (pp. 73-92). SAGE Publications Ltd. doi:10.4135/9781849209977.n5

Academic Reading