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Research Resources: Subject Guides: Sociology


  1. Indexes, Abstracts, & Full Text Databases
  2. Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Handbooks
  3. Selected Online Resources

Indexes, Abstracts, & Full Text Databases

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Handbooks & Bibliographies

Selected Online Resources

American Factfinder
Population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Information on crime, criminal trends, and victim characteristics in the United States presented in written reports, charts, and graphs. From the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.

Community Health Data Base
The Community Health Data Base provides local data that are community-based rather than resource-based; data that can be examined by different levels of geography, including census tract, health district, Minor Civil Division, and ZIP code; and longitudinal data that can be used as a baseline to measure changes in health, social status and access to care over time. The Online Data Tool includes access to over 900 health indicators for all Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) ZIP codes, each county in SEPA, and the SEPA region as a whole. For Mac Users - Please use Safari or Google Chrome as your browser.

Digest of Education Statistics
A compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education. Produced by the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

Global Demography of Aging
A research portal from the Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health, this Web site presents themes related to global aging and health with an emphasis on the developing world. Particularly useful are the sections "Working Papers," "Data," and "Internet Resources."

HUD User Bibliographic Database
An information source for housing and community development researchers, scholars, students, policymakers, and the public. Produced by the Office of Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
Harvard University Libraries online access to U.S. immigration resources, which include approximately 1,800 books and pamphlets, 9,000 photographs, and over 10,000 pages from manuscripts and archival collections. "Highly recommended" by Choice Reviews for Academic Libraries.

Institute for Women's Policy Research
Presents research and public policy work in areas such as employment, education, poverty, welfare, family, and health in various forms of publications (fact sheets, reports, conference proceedings, etc.). IWPR is a "nonprofit scientific research organization."

Intute: Sociology
Searchable collection of sociology resources on the Internet provided by Intute, a service that aims to identify and evaluate resources to meet the needs of researchers, students and librarians in higher education. Organized in categories that reflect current research interests in the UK.

Justice Information Center
Relevant government publications organized by topic. Produced by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, U.S. Department of Justice.

National Institute on Aging
Content for students and researchers includes the "Research Information" subsections of Biology of Aging, Behavioral and Social Research, Neuroscience and Neuropsychology, and Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology. NIA is an agency of the National Institutes of Health.

Pew Global Attitudes Project
Data sets and reports on cross-cultural public opinion surveys useful for research that addresses international political and social issues. Funded primarily by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Population Index
An annotated bibliography of books, journal articles, working papers, and other material on population topics published 1986 to the present and updated quarterly. Produced by the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.

Population Reference Bureau Data Finder
Quick access to essential information on population, health, and the environment for over 200 countries, organized by topic and region. The PRB is a nonprofit organization established "to inform people around the world about population, health, and the environment."

Your source for timely, reliable and relevant humanitarian information and analysis. Their goal is to help you make sense of humanitarian crises worldwide. To do this, they scan the websites of international and non-governmental organizations, governments, research institutions and the media for news, reports, press releases, appeals, policy documents, analysis and maps related to humanitarian emergencies worldwide.

Social Explorer Census Reference 1790-2000 (Free Edition)
Access to demographic information about the United States with interactive maps that show changes over time; U.S. Census maps 1790-2007 and demographic reports from Census 2000.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. Project is located at the University at Albany, School of Criminal Justice, and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Unified Crime Reports/FBI
Includes several annual statistical publications, such as Crime in the United States and also Hate Crimes Statistics, are produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States.

Wirtz Labor Digital Library
Collection includes U.S. Department of Labor publications, trade union and labor history materials, labor leaders' biographies, statistical abstracts, and more.

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