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Soc 035: Sociology of Aging



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Erin M Burns
Title: 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


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.

Try these first

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]


Other Databases:

CINAHL (Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health)

Comprehensive Coverage of nursing and allied health journals. Also includes references to relevant books, chapters, nursing dissertations, association publications, educational software, research instruments, and selected conference proceedings. Coverage from 1982-present. Upadtes: Monthly.


ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Journals

A full text database subset of CINAHL, including only 300 full-text journals that are licensed to ProQuest. Coverage is typically from 1996, with a few titles prior to that date. Includes OT Practice.


PubMed (Medline)

PubMed is a web interface that allows you to search MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's premier database of citations and abstracts for biomedical research articles. The core subject is medicine, but subject coverage also includes bioethics, biology, chemistry, dentistry, environmental health, genetics, gerontology, health care planning and administration, history of medicine, hospital administration, microbiology, nutrition, nursing (International Nursing Index), physiology, pre-clinical sciences, public health, sports medicine, veterinary medicine and zoology. MEDLINE covers over 4,800 journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. The database contains over 15 million citations dating back to 1950. Coverage is worldwide and updated weekly. Learn more about PubMed at: or Try the Tutorial at:


APA Citation Guide


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.


Ohio Dept of Aging:

PA Dept of Aging: