Sociology Guide: Introduction

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Overview: Sociology Resources

Sociologists study how people organize themselves in groups, how they adapt to changes in their social, economic, political or physical environment, how they think and talk about themselves and others.  Sociologists use many kinds information sources.   You may need:  

  • A book or chapter in a book
  • An article in a scholarly (peer reviewed) journal or a general magazine
  • A newspaper article that demonstrates trends in events or popular thinking
  •  Another source such as
    • An encyclopedia or dictionary (a reference book, online or in print)
    • A website for a professional organization or advocacy group
    • Results of an opinion poll
    • A government publication
    • Statistics gathered by the government or other entities
    • Maps or atlases 

Librarians can help you select good sources for your projects. If you have a simple question like which floor a book may be located on,  stop by the Circulation and Information Desk on first floor, or use the Library Chat (see the link on this page).   If your question is more complicated (for example, how to find relevant articles for your term paper), consult with one of the reference librarians.  For questions in sociology, contact me.  If you need more than a few minutes' help, we can make an appointment.

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Helen Clements
Academic Liaison Librarian
Research & Learning Services Division
306 Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078