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Soc 001: Introductory Sociology



Erin Burns

Reference Librarian


Books and More

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries (Wikipedia for College) Good for Browsing and Background Information on topics

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology

Sociology Basics

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Encyclopedia of sociology (Macmillan Reference)

Oxford Reference Online

Dictionary of Sociology

Dictionary of the Social Sciences


Ready for Books?

Once you have your key concepts and keywords, you can use The CAT to find books on your topic.

Using the "Begins With (Browse)" search, you can search the CAT using book titles or authors' names. Authors' names should be entered "last name, first name" and titles should be entered without the initial article (the, a, an...). If the book you want is about the author, make sure you search the name as aSubject, not Author.

Examples:    Morton, J.   -OR-   english grammar for students of french

Don't have a title/author in mind? Instead of a "Keyword" Search, try using the "Topic: Title+Subject" search option with one or more keywords.

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Lion Search – one single search box that searches across all library resources for books, scholarly journals, e-books, newspapers, and more!

Article Databases

Note: [Penn State Libraries] indicates a Libraries' resource available to researchers with a Penn State Access Account.


Sociological Abstracts [Penn State Libraries]
Seminal index for English-language journals in sociology, social work, and other social sciences. Provides links to full-text articles. Coverage: 1963 to the present.

PsycINFO [Penn State Libraries]
Primary database for international literature in psychology and related disciplines. It is published by the American Psychological Association and provides coverage from 1840 to the present.

PsycARTICLES [Penn State Libraries]

Government Statistics

Websites also have valuable information, if you know what you are looking for. has all the government statstics.

If you are looking for a particular state's stastics, you can use the State Government's website to find that information.

APA Citation Guide