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Humanities & Social Sciences Research Guide: Sociology

Suggested books

The art of sociological argument / by Crow, Graham.

Cultural studies : the basics / by Lewis, Jeff.

Sociology : a brief introduction / by Schaefer, Richard T.

Understanding social problems / by Mooney, Linda A; Knox, David; Schacht, Caroline.

Suggested e-books

Social Theory : Central Issues in Sociology
by John Scott

Doing Sociology : Case Studies in Sociological Practice
by Jammie Price

Contemporary Research in the Sociology of Education
by John Eggleston

International Origins of Social and Political Theory
by Tarak Barkawi, George Lawson, and Tarak Barkawi

Web Resources

Facts and Data

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (last issue: 2012)  Summary of US social, political and economic statistics taken from Federal agencies and private organizations. New for 2013: ProQuest edition (subscription database)
  • American FactFinder  American FactFinder contains data from surveys and censuses conducted by Census Bureau (nearly one hundred of them every year.). You can find economic, demographic or housing information about your city, county, state - or the entire United States.
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Information on a range of educational issues, from early childhood to adult learning.
  • CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Health-related data and statistics.
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) BJS collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government
  • Patchwork Nation Patchwork Nation is a reporting project of the Jefferson Institute that aims to explore what is happening in the United States by examining different kinds of communities over time. The effort uses demographic, voting and cultural data to cluster and organize communities into “types of place.”

Social Issues

  • Guttmacher Institute Focuses on sexual and reproductive health.
  • Civilrights.org
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. 
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