Sociology 380

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A Guide to Library Resources for Sociology 380

 Spring 2013

Beth Sheehan (

Ellen Swain (

Background Research | Primary Sources | Articles | Books & Journals | Data & Statistics | Citing Sources | Research Assistance


Social Research Methods introduces the foundations of social research and to the major types of research methods employed in sociology. Provides exposure to the major tools and terminology of social research, including the use of computers in sociology. Topics include: research design, finding and using sociology literature, measurement, sampling, survey research, field methods, use of available data, quantitative data analysis and presentation, and computer resources for research.

Welcome! This site has been created to assist you finding and using library resources for your Sociology 380 research assignments. Our library is one of the largest publicly funded university library in the world. It can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but it is truly a treasure trove for scholars. All of the University of Illinois Library's resources are available to you as you do your research--so start exploring, have fun, and don't hesitate to ask questions!



Finding background information about a topic is an important step of the research process. Consulting a handbook or subject-specific encyclopedia can help you put your research in a broader context and help point you to areas for further research.

Annual Review of Sociology - a compilation of review articles summarizing the current state of research on a particular topic. An excellent roadmap to the current state research in a particular area, this is also a great source of citations to current and retrospective publications. The online version allows you to search the full text of all issues from volume 1 (1975) to present.

Guidance on Social Science Methods

For this assignments in this course, it may be helpful to consult handbooks that describe methods for doing research in sociology and related disciplines.

Sage Research Methods Online- an online collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and e-books on research methods. Includes both theoretical information and definitions, as well as practical advice on designing and implementing research projects, analyzing research data, and writing up results. Search by method or technique, or browse the methods map to find related terms.

Books, Papers and Websites about Ethnographic Research- a list of books at the University of Illinois on ethnographic research methods, compiled by the library for Ethnography of the University classes.

More print resources (available in the Social Sciences, Health and Education Library Reference Circulating Collection):

Hints to find more handbooks on social science research:  Browse the shelves at the Social Sciences, Health and Education Library.  The call number range for social science research methodology is 300-301. The New Book, Reference and Reference Circulating areas have the newest guides and handbooks.

University of Illinois Background Information

Ethnography of the University Resources



Primary Sources about the University of Illinois

Student Life and Culture Archives Resources

The Student Life and Culture (SLC) Archives contains primary sources on University of Illinois student life and historical issues.

University of Illinois Archives



Plan out your search statement

Search the database and evaluate the results.

Recommended Article Databases



Library catalogs are used for two purposes. First, if you know exactly what you are looking for, for example you know the exact title of a book or journal or an author's name. Second, you can use library catalogs to find materials that might be helpful to you by doing subject and keyword searching.





Guidelines for citing electronic and print resources are available from the Undergraduate Library's Citation Styles guide and the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library's Style and Writing Guides.

Need help collecting and organizing your citations and producing a list of works cited? Citation management tools can help! The guide “ Citation Management Software Overview” helps users choose a citation management tool and provides links to other guides on specific options like Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote.



Ask-A-Librarian for Help with Your Research

Use our Ask-A-Librarian Service to IM, chat, email, phone or find a reference librarian.

Contact a librarian to request an appointment for an in-depth Research Consultation.

Finding Your Way Around

There are over 25 departmental libraries on our campus, and sometimes it may be difficult to determine where to find the resources you need. For your class, the library that you will be using most is the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL). We are located in SSHEL North (Room 100) and SSHEL South (Room 101) of the Main Library building. Do no hesitate to come in and ask one of our energetic and helpful information desk assistants.

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