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SOC SOC — Sociology Upper Division and Graduate Courses 2013

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Carol Dales


Library Basic Information

Background Information

Books & E-Books

Interlibrary Loan


Scholarly Internet Research

Online Sociology Organizations

Plagiarism & Citation


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Background Information

Subject dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks are good starting points if you are new to a particular research area. They contain articles, chapters, and reviewed essays that outline the scope, vocabulary and multiple aspects of a particular topic, as well as pointing out key books and articles on that topic.

                                   Subject Dictionaries & Encyclopedias 



                                            Subject Handbooks 



Books & E-Books

Searching for Books and Other Materials at the CSUDH Library

CSUDH Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system to arrange books.
NOTE: Books with these call numbers are all on the Library 3rd Floor North!

HM  Sociology (general)

HN Social history and conditions. Social problems, social reform.

HQ The family. Marriage. Women.

HS Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.

HT  Communities. Classes. Races.

HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology

HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism.


Each class is further broken down into subclasses.  For example:

HM (1)-1281  Sociology

HM 1-299 no longer used.

HM 435-477 History of Sociology. History of sociological theory.

HM 461-473 Schools of sociology. Schools of social thought.

HM 481-554 Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects.

HM 621-656 Culture.

HM 661-696 Social Control

HM 701 Social systems

HM706 Social structure

   HM711-806 Groups and organizations

   HM756-781 Community

HM 786-806 Organizational sociology. Organization theory

HM 811-821 Deviant behavior. Social deviance.

HM 826 Social institutions

HM1001-11281 Social psychology

   HM 1041-1101 Social perceptions. Social cognition...

   HM 1106-1171 Interpersonal relations. Social behavior

   HM 1176-1281 Social influence. Social pressure.

Toro Find Online Catalog allows you to identify books and other materials held in and available to the library. You can also use the library online catalog to renew your books, save and e-mail searches, and more.

Checking Out Materials

When you present your current student ID, you may check out up to 30 items for 28 days at the Circulation Desk, located on the second floor of the library. For more information on renewals, holds, overdue fines, etc. contact the Circulation Desk at (310) 243-3712.

Searching Other Library Collections

The Catalog of the CSU Libraries allows searching of the collections for all 23 CSU campuses and for finding materials that are not available at your CSUDH Library. These materials may be requested through Interlibrary Loan online at no cost.

WorldCat lets you search the collections of libraries in your community, state, country and from around the world.  WorldCat locates the item of your interest in the nearest libraries to our campus. Items available for loan may be borrowed online and include: books, journal articles, and some dissertation and theses. For additional information on policies contact the Interlibrary-Loan Services at (310) 243-3716.

Interlibrary Loan

If the CSUDH Library does NOT own in any form a specific journal or magazine article or book that you need, let us get it for you!

  • use the online ILL form at http://library.csudh.edu/services/ILL/ to submit an electronic request.
    A print or electronic copy of that book or article will be obtained at no charge  from another library, but may take as long as 7 to 14 days or more to arrive (Note: if you do not come to CSUDH campus for classes, please arrange interlibrary loans for books, whether from CSUDH library or other libraries, through your nearest public library).

  • In a hurry? Go to our CSU Campus Libraries and/or WorldCat pages to search for holdings at other academic libraries you can visit in person.


Access online databases through the library’s home page via Databases by Title. As full-text access and date coverage varies from one database to another, you may have to search in several databases.

The Journals by Title allows you to identify and locate specific journals, their availability, whether they are accessible electronically or in print, and their coverage dates.

If you are accessing the databases from off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your My CSUDH username and password.


Core Databases

  • SocINDEX (EBSCO): this broad social sciences database offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, including all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study, including abortion, criminology & criminal justice, demography, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, religion, rural & urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse & other addictions, violence and many others.

  • Sociological Abstracts (Proquest): use this database for for theoretical research topics and applied sociology topics. It covers international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences; it provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from thousands of serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Subjects covered include culture and social structure, family and marriage, history and theory of sociology, organizational sociology, political sociology, poverty and homelessness,race and ethnicity, social change and economic development, social control and sociology of health and medicine.

  • Social Sciences Full Textprovides access to a wide assortment of the most important English-language journals published in the social sciences. This resource provides detailed indexing for over 625 periodicals dating back as far as 1983—nearly 400 of which are peer-reviewed.

  • Social Services Abstracts (Proquest): indexes current research in human services, and related areas, including social work, social welfare, social policy, and community development; community and mental health services, crisis intervention, family and social welfare, gerontology, poverty and homelessness, Violence, abuse, neglect and more.

  • Sage Journals provides direct full text access to core sociology journals such as Acta Sociologica, American Sociological Review, Critical Sociology, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Sociological Methods & Research and many more.
  • ICPSR: Inter-university Consortium for Political & Social Research: this international consortium of more than 700 academic institutions and research organizations maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences, with 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields; provides you with real data to use while learning sociology research methods!

Other Useful Databases...

These databases focus on periodicals from disciplines other than sociology that also deal with social issues, and selectively include journals that are specialized in this subject area.

  • Academic Search Premier provides access to a wide range of general interest magazines (trade and consumer) as well as scholarly journals on social and computer sciences, education, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.

  • News & Newspapers (ProQuest 1980-current) offers international, national, regional, and local papers including Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, among many others. Use to find  articles on sociological issues in popular publications such as Wall Street Journal or LA Times.

  • GenderWatch provides authoritative historical and current perspectives on the evolution of gender roles as they affect both men and women; supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) studies as well as family studies, gender studies, and women's studies.

  • Popline: a free database with journal articles and other scientific, technical and programmatic publications about reproductive health., plus unpublished documents and project reports (grey literature). Most documents published after 2000 include links to full text; covers family planning methods and programs, fertility, population law and policy, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and STDs and more.

  • PsycINFO provides access to journal articles, book
 chapters, dissertations and technical reports in the field of psychology.

  • Traumatic Stress (PILOTS Database), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, includes citations to all literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health aspects of traumatic events, and to offer both current and retrospective coverage.

Scholarly Internet Research

Beware of Web Hazards!

Remember: Wikipedia may help introduce you to the general background on a subject. Sometimes, even librarians will check a Wikipedia article to get quick background information on a topic new to them. The bibliography part of a Wikipedia article may sometimes provide reliable resources to help you begin your research process. But Wikipedia is not a scholarly source for academic research.

In general, use the guidelines below to assess the authoritative value of a particular website:

  • Credibility - Is it easy to figure out who's behind the information? Do they have qualifications in the field or another reason to ensure the trustworthiness of the website?
  • Accuracy - Are the sources well cited? Is the information up-to-date? Are there broad, sweeping generalizations that are impossible to verify?
  • Reasonableness - What is the point-of-view of the website? Is it a corporate page trying to sell you a product? Is it a government or educational site where the main purpose is to educate people?
  • Support - Is it possible to verify the information from another authoritative source?


For more information about judging whether a website is reliable, take a look at this YouTube video:


May we suggest???

Reliable Sociology Websites:

Useful Scholarly Websites on The Deep Web:

  • INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.
  • The Librarians' Internet Index provides a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy websites, serving California, the nation, and the world. All links on the Index are selected and approved by librarians before inclusion!

Online Sociology Organizations

Plagiarism & Citation


  • What is plagiarism? - Plagiarism is "The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft." (source: Oxford English Dictionary)

Instances of plagiarism include:

    • Quoting or paraphrasing someone's work in your paper without citing it
    • Expressing someone else's ideas as your own

Plagiarism is a serious matter and could result in a lower or failing grade and even expulsion from the University.

  • But I didn't know! - Ignorance of the law is, unfortunately, no excuse. You can commit plagiarism without meaning to, and, it's just as serious.
  • How can I avoid it? - You can avoid plagiarism by giving credit where credit is due and always citing your sources. Whenever you insert a quotation, re-word information you got from a source or present an idea developed by someone else, be sure to include a citation in the proper style. It is important to take detailed notes on where you are finding information for your paper as you find it.  This helps to ensure you will cite the information correctly as you begin writing your paper.  
  •  The American Psychological Association style, or APA, is commonly used within the social sciences including in communications. In order to avoid plagiarism it is important to document the resources by incorporating citations in text and the references page according to this manual style.
  •  For more information about plagiarism, see your student handbook, the CSUDH  Student Code of Conduct, and this APA style page from the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

  •  P.S.: Take a look at our new CSUDH Library anti-plagiarism tutorial: Plagiarism: How to recognize it and get it out of your life! (and don't forget to test yourself by playing the challenging plagiarism game at the very end!).




Word Cloud image at top of guide courtesy of Sonoma State Department of Sociology: http://www.sonoma.edu/sociology/external-links.html