Definitions & Overviews
These are a useful place to gather background information on your topic. We have many specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries - some online and many in print in the Knight Library Reference Section.
Sources for Current Research:
These sources can help you identify a topic for your research. Some provide an overview of a specific issue and suggest other materials which might be useful for your research.
- Annual Review of Sociology (1975-current)
Review articles on various topics in Sociology written by scholars. These articles are great ways to get an overview of research on a topic as well as a reliable source of citations to important scholarship.
- Contemporary Sociology (1972-2009 online; For more recent issues, use the print edition here: KNIGHT HM 1 .C65) This is journal of book reviews of sociology books. Each volume is divided by subject and there is a cumulative index for each year.
Identifying Academic Sources:
- AAUP Presses The American Association of University Presses website lists (and links to) all of the University Presses within the United States and Canada who are members.
- Ulrich's Periodical Directory covers thousands of journals, newspapers, and magazines. Use Ulrich's to see if a journal is scholarly/peer-reviewed/refereed.
How to Create Citations:
- Sociologists can use the American Sociological Association Style Guide to format citations for papers. The Purdue Owl has a quick guide to ASA Citation.
- The Chicago Manual of Style Online is the most current (16th) edition.
- The ASA Style Guide is also available in print on the Knight Reference Shelves at
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