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Sociology Guide: Introduction

Basics for Using Library Resources

NEW! Video Tutorials--How to use the Library Catalog

We now have a set of brief videos that explain how to use various features of the Library homepage, especially BOSS, our Library catalog and journal search engine.   See our YouTube channel:

Finding a Book with BOSS

Finding an Article with BOSS

BOSS Basics

Database Basics   This video will help you understand what databases are and how to choose the ones you need.

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 in the library parts of their research:

  • 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 

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