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Sociology Resources: Reference Resources

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Search the Cheng Library online catalog for books and media. If you need journal articles, go to our Databases page.

Why Use Books?

For many, the idea of using a book to locate information might seem old fashioned.  But, the reality is that there is still a lot of information NOT available online.  The library owns a wide variety of print resources on topics related to sociology, all of which can be found using the online catalog. 

Our extensive collection of reference books are a great starting point for your research projects, allowing you to learn about your topic, before you start searching for articles in our many databases.

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Sociology in the Library

Because sociology covers so many subjects, the library's collection is located in a number of different places.  Therefore, it's always a good idea to find the call number before venturing upstairs to make sure that you're in the right place.

If you're feeling adventurous, though, and just want to browse through our collection, here's a partial guide to the Library of Congress call number ranges to get you started:

  • H: Social Sciences (General)
  • HM: Sociology (General)
    • HM435-477: History of sociology. History of sociological theory.
    • HM811-821: Deviant behavior. Social deviance.
  • HN: Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform.
  • HQ: The Family. Marriage. Women.
    • HQ767.8-792.2: Children. Child development.
    • HQ793-799.2: Youth. Adolescents. Teenagers.
    • HQ1073-1073.5: Thanatology. Death. Dying.
    • HQ1075-1075.5: Sex role.
  • HT: Communities. Classes. Races.
    • HT601-1445: Classes.
    • HT1501-1595: Races.
  • HV: Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology.
    • HV4701-4890.9: Protection of animals. Animal rights. Animal welfare.
    • HV5800-5840: Drug habits. Drug abuse.
    • HV6001-7220.5: Criminology.
    • HV7231-9960: Criminal justice administration.