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Subject Guide: Sociology

The subject guide to Sociology provides information on resources available from the Alvin Sherman Library, both in the library and online, related to sociology. The subject guide covers subject headings, reference sources, books, periodicals, databases, Web sites, and style guides.


Subject Headings Periodicals Web Sites
Reference Sources Databases Style Guides

Subject Headings

You can find books and other materials in the library by searching NovaCat, the NSU Libraries online catalog. How to search NovaCat. To locate books and materials at other libraries, see Catalogs.

Suggested Library of Congress (LC) subject headings include:

Clinical Sociology Social Problems
Community Psychology Social Psychology
Deviant Behavior Social Structure
Ethnology Social Systems
Social Change Socialization
Social Influence Sociology
Social Institutions  

LC call numbers:

HM 401-1281 Sociology (general)
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
HM 706 Social structure
HM 711-806 Groups and organizations
HM 756-781 Community
HM 786-806 Organizational sociology. Organization theory.
HM 811-821 Deviant behavior. Social deviance.
HM 826 Social institutions
HM 831-901 Social change
HM 1001-1281 Social psychology
HM 1041-1101 Social perception. Social cognition. Includes perception of self and others, prejudices, stereotypes.
HM 1106-1171 Interpersonal relations. Social behavior.
HM 1176-1281 Social influence. Social pressure.

Reference Sources

Location & Call Number
Battleground : women, gender, and sexuality

Sherman Library Reference
HQ1115 .B38 2008  v.1-2


The Blackwell Dictionary of Modern Social Thought Sherman Library Reference
H41 .B53 2003
Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology Sherman Library Reference
HM425 .B53 2007 v. 1-10
The Cambridge dictionary of sociology

Sherman Library Reference
HM425 .C36 2006


Demographics of the U.S. : trends and projections

Sherman Library Reference
HB849.49 .R875  2007

Encyclopedia of American social history Sherman Library Reference
HN57 .E594 2004 v.1-3
Encyclopedia of population

Sherman Library Reference
HB871 .E538 2003  v.1-2


Encyclopedia of race and ethnic studies

Sherman Library Reference
GN495.6 .C37 2004


Encyclopedia of social psychology

Sherman Library Reference
HM1007 .E53 2007  v.1-2

Encyclopedia of social theory Sherman Library Reference
HM425 .E46 2006
Encyclopedia of sociology

Sherman Library Reference
HM425 .E5 2000 v.1-5


International encyclopedia of economic sociology Sherman Library Reference
HM548 .I58 2006
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences

Sherman Library Reference
H41 .I58 2001 v.1-26


The Max Weber Dictionary: key words and central concepts Sherman Library Reference
HM425 .S94 2005
Social issues in America : an encyclopedia Sherman Library Reference
HN57 .S624 2006 v. 1-8


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E-books or electronic books may be accessed via NovaCat or from the netLibrary database.

Entries for electronic books in NovaCat will have the eBook icon eBook icon.

Title Author
An anatomy of power : the social theory of Michael Mann Edited by John A. Hall & Ralph Schroeder
Environment and social theory John Barry
Fifty key sociologists : the contemporary theorists Edited by John Scott
Fifty key sociologists: the formative theorists Edited by John Scott
Gender and education : an encyclopedia Edited by Barbara J. Bank ; Sara Delamont and Catherine Marshall, associate editors
Handbook of environmental sociology Edited by Riley E. Dunlap & William Michelson.
Immigration and race relations: sociological theory and John Rex

Edited by Tahir Abbas & Frank Reeves.

Public sociology : fifteen eminent sociologists debate politics and the profession in the twenty-first century Edited by Dan Clawson et al.
Readings from Emile Durkheim Edited by Kenneth Thompson
Social blueprints : conceptual foundations of sociology David K. Brown
Social capital John Field
Society and health : sociology for health professionals Richard K. Thomas
The sociology of elites Michael Hartmann
The sociology of financial markets Edited by Karin Knorr Cetina & Alex Preda

Circulating Books

Circulating books may be checked out by visiting the library. Distance students may also request books via Document Delivery.

Title Author Location
Classical sociological theory Bert N. Adams, R.A. Sydie HM435.A33 2002
Classical horizons: the origins of sociology in ancient Greece George E. McCarthy HM435 .M33 2003
Classical social theory: a contemporary approach Kenneth H. Tucker, Jr. HM435.T83 2002
Contested knowledge : social theory today Steven Seidman

HM585 .S44 2008

Culture: critical concepts in sociology Edited by Chris Jenks HM621. C858 2003 v.1-4
Explorations in classical sociological theory : seeing the social world Kenneth Allan HM445 .A45 2005
Founders, classics, canons: modern disputes over sociology's heritage Peter Baehr HM445 .B34 2002
Interpretative origins of classical sociology : Weber, Husserl, Schutz, Durkheim, Simmel

Jules J. Wanderer

HM585 .W36 2005

Key ideas in sociology Peter Kivisto HM435 .K58 2004
The new evolutionary social science : human nature, social behavior, and social change Edited by Heinz-Jürgen Niedenzu, Tamás Meleghy & Peter Meyer

HM626 .N49 2008

The promise of poststructuralist sociology : marginalized peoples and the problem of knowledge Clayton W. Dumont, Jr.

HM651 .D86 2008

Rethinking Durkheim and his tradition Warren Schmaus

HM465 .S36 2004

Rights : sociological perspectives

Edited by Lydia Morris

K258 .R544 2006
The social psychology of gender : how power and intimacy shape gender relations Laurie A. Rudman, Peter Glick

HM1106 .R83 2008

Sociology and mass culture: Durkheim, Mills, and Baudrillard Patricia Cormack HM511.C67 2002
Toward a sociological theory of information Harold Garfinkel

HM651 .G37 2008


Periodicals include journals, magazines, newspapers and other serial publications. Search NovaCat for individual titles and holdings information. Periodicals do not circulate, but may be viewed at the library location listed. NSU distance students may request copies of specific articles via Document Delivery.

Many periodicals are available with full-text (or full image) online in the databases. Search the Journal Finder for specific titles.

Title Location
The American journal of economics and sociology

Available online through Journal Finder

American Sociological Review Available online through Journal Finder and in print
Annual Review of Sociology Available online through Journal Finder
Contemporary Sociology Available online through Journal Finder
Current Research in Social Psychology Available online through Journal Finder
The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy Available online through Journal Finder
Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology Available online through Journal Finder and in print

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Available online through Journal Finder
The Journal of Social Psychology Available online through Journal Finder and in print
Journal of Sociology Available online through Journal Finder
Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare Available online through Journal Finder and in print

Social Psychology Quarterly

Available online through Journal Finder

Sociological methodology

Available online through Journal Finder

Sociological theory

Available online through Journal Finder
Sociology of Education Available online through Journal Finder

Teaching sociology

Available online through Journal Finder
Qualitative Sociology Available online through Journal Finder and in print


The online and CD-ROM databases serve as indexes to the literature, primarily periodicals. They include citations, abstracts and sometimes full-text. Click on the Info icon Info icon for a complete description of the database. To access the databases, see Electronic Resources.

Title of Database Type
Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA) Citations and abstracts only.
Social Sciences Full Text  Database description Select full text.
Sociological Abstracts  Database description Citations and abstracts only.
JSTOR  Database description Select full text.
Periodicals Index Online  Database description Select full text (linking out)
Project Muse  Database description Select full text.
ProQuest Social Science Journals  Database description Select full text.
PsycInfo Database description Citations and abstracts only.

Web Sites

Many useful information resources are available on the Internet. But, remember to evaluate any Web site before using it for research.

MERLOT Sociology Resources
The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) offers a directory of Internet resources related to the study and teaching of sociology. The majority of the materials are intended for use with college or high school students. A description of each entry is available. The entry may feature peer reviews, user comments, or related assignments.
Searchable collection of Web sites organized into over 150 subject areas. Also includes links to journals, data archives, and publishers.
The SocioLog
Searchable site that includes listings of university Sociology Departments, professional associations, research institutes, and links to international and multilingual sites in a wide range of sociology-related subjects.
WWW Virtual Library of Sociology
Searchable online directory that includes institutions/departments, associations and organizations, discussion groups, research centers, databases and archives, courses and curricula resources, journals and newsletters, and software.

Style Guides

APA style is generally the standard for papers and publications in Sociology. See Style Guides.

The APA style manual is available at several NSU Libraries.

Title Location
Publication Manual of the American
Psychological Association.
5th edition.

Sherman Library Reference
Sherman Library Ready Reference
BF76.7 .P83 2001

North Miami Beach Reference
BF76.7 .P83 2001

Health Reference
BF76.7 .P83 2001

Law Reference
BF76.7 .P83 2001

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