Resources in Sociology

  • Spring Semester Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8:30am-11pm; Fri: 8:30am-6pm; Sat: 11am-5pm; Sun: 1pm-11pm
  •   SSHEL North (Room 100) and SSHEL South (Room 101)
  • (217) 244-1864


Find Articles

Collections of Journals: Databases

Use databases to search multiple online journals at the same time. Find articles about a specific topic by using keywords, subject headings, authors, and more.

Electronic Journals (E-Journals)

Search or browse individual online journals.



Find Background Information

Reference sources, online or in print, include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and directories. These are great starting points for background information about a specific topic.



Browse Useful Websites

Websites may provide statistics, data, articles, documents, and other information about a specific field of study or employment. Associations, societies, institutions, and government websites are particularly useful.

Develop Research Skills

Research guides provide suggestions for finding and using information about a specific subject or for a specific class. These guides may also give instructions on how to find a specific type of source (e.g. theses) or how to use a specific resource (e.g. Web of Science).

Sociology Research Guides

General Research Guides

Class Guides



Use Additional Library Resources

Find Books and Other Material

Search for books, journals, and media by title, author, subject, keywords, material type, or publication date.

Sociology Related Libraries and Library Services

Other libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign also have sociology-related materials and services to assist with your research.



Learn About Other Resources on Campus

Learn about sociology resources, research, and services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.




About the Sociology Collection

The sociology collection in the University of Illinois Library supports the teaching and research programs in sociology and its subdisciplines, such as demography and social ecology, social psychology, and urban and community studies. Current areas of focus within the department include: Social Dynamics and Structure, Race, Class, & Gender, and Transnational Studies. Current English-language books, as well as the core journals in sociology, social science methodology, and social theory are housed in the the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL), but the majority of the estimated 100,000 volumes held in the field of sociology are located in the central bookstacks of the Main Library.

Please direct all comments or requests for information to Beth Sheehan, (217) 244-1866.