Franklin &  Marshall College Library

SOC 302: Sociological Research Methods

How to find background information

Use reference sources to get ideas for topics, to get background information, and to guide you to additional information.
Encyclopedia of race and ethnic studies
Ref GN495.6 .C37 2004

Encyclopedia of Sociology
Ref HM17 .E5 2000

Encyclopedia of Social Theory
Ref HM425 .E47 2005

Dictionary of Sociology
Ref HM425 .L39 2001

A Dictionary of Sociology

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Annual Review of Sociology

How to find books

Select Library Catalog from the Library web page:

How to find journal and newspaper articles

Available from the Library web page under Electronic Resources - A to Z List. Browse the entire list to find databases relevant to your particular topic. The databases listed below are most likely to be useful.

Index to journal articles, government studies, books, dissertations, and other material on education and related fields that combines citations of sponsored reports, from Resources in Education, and over 750 journals, from the Current Index to Journals in Education. Covers 1982 to the present.

Connections to newspaper articles, business information, and legal resources.

Social Sciences Full Text
Indexes over 300 English-language periodicals covering anthropology, economics, psychology, social work, sociology, and related fields. Covers 1983 to the present.

Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science)
Key index to articles from major journals in all areas of the social sciences. Use to find other articles citing a specific article (footnotes in reverse). Covers 1970 to the present.

Sociological Abstracts
Full version comprehensive database of over 1500 journals covering sociology, social work, and other social sciences. Covers 1963 to the present.

How to get articles and books

For F&M journal holdings, print and online select:
List of Journal Titles with holdings at F&M from library web page
Full text online:

Interlibrary Loan for books and articles:
Form available from Library web page

Be THOROUGH in the information you provide for Interlibrary Loan. If you are unsure of any citation information, please indicate in "Comments" field. Also, please include source of the citation whenever possible. Allow two weeks for delivery, some items may arrive sooner.

Last updated: 9/30/05 lk, contact Louise Kulp - 291-4242 for assistance