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Welcome to the Library Subject Guide for Sociology!
This Subject Guide brings together important research resources for Sociology. These include article databases & journals, major reference works, and other key sources. Click on the tabs at the top (in the blue banner) to find more details about the various resources!
Below are the four best places to start searching for academic literature on your topic. Explore the Journals & Databases tab above in the navigation bar for even more database options.
Google Like a Pro:
Did you know that there are over 40 search operators that you can use to search Google more effectively, many of which can be used in Scholar too? Here are the top five that I use consistently, plus a Handout that we produced for a workshop for postgrads this year.
This page lists key databases and journals you can use for finding resources for your assignments. Use Keyword searches to find articles on your topic.
If you need help with using these resources please contact your Subject Librarian
Alternatively you can use the Self Help guide for tips on searching and evaluating
You can also look at the Ask Library FAQ's or use LibChat to ask library staff for help
Postgraduate Library Information Sessions and Workshops 2022
There are Library sessions and workshops provided specifically for Postgraduate students. For more information and to register go to face-to-face sessions, or Zoom workshops.
Information sessions 10-11am (face to face) and 1-2pm (via Zoom) on the last Wednesday of the month
- 29 Sep - Postgraduate Library Services – An introduction to Library support, recommended resources and services.
- 27 Oct - Effective Search Strategies - Learn how to search recommended databases for relevant literature, and manage your results
- 10 Nov - The Thesis Guide – For new thesis students, about preparation, copyright compliance, submitting, and depositing.
- 24 Nov - Researcher Profiles - Building an online profile to promote your research, and yourself.
Hands-on Workshops 10-11.30am (face to face) and 1-2.30pm (via Zoom) on Tuesdays & Thursdays twice a year
- 21 Oct - Research Data Management - Make sense of the complexity around data storage, description, re-use and archiving.
- 12 Oct - Getting published - Practical tips for postgraduates. Learn how to develop a publishing strategy and identify the right journals for submission.
- 14 Oct - Impact Metrics - Understand tools that explain impact factors and ranking for what to read, and where to publish.
ITS and Library staff offer EndNote: Managing your references - A hands-on workshop using EndNote to store, group, edit and annotate references, and cite while you write (basic level). For PC or Mac bookings check dates here.
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Sage Research Methods
A research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. The database links SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Includes access to Cases and Datasets.