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Sociology: Journals & Databases

Key Databases for Sociology 



Multidisciplinary Databases for Sociology 

These databases are highly recommended for finding Sociology related articles. If your research has a New Zealand focus, also check out the NZ Specific Databases tab.

Also see:

These multidisciplinary databases index citations between publications, allowing the user to easily establish connections between articles and ideas.

More databases can be found in the Psychology Subject Guide 

More databases are listed in the Education Subject Guide

More databases are listed in the Gender Studies Guide

Many databases with sociology content will also be useful for criminology research.  However you may also find the following specialist databases useful.

Need help?

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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

Article Link

Article Link connects article databases to the Library's e-journal collections. It tells you whether (and where) the full-text of an article is available.

You may see Article Link represented as:            

           or      Otago Article Link


If you see Article Link, click on it and you will automatically be taken to the full-text (via Library Search | Ketu).

Found a citation to an article but cannot get to the full text?


       Have you found a book, book chapter, journal article etc but it is not available in the hardcopy or electronic collection? Then you can use the Interloan service. 

              The Interloan service enables library users to search for items, create requests for items not held in the University of Otago Library, and monitor the progress of those requests. 
All copies are FREE. 
All loans from NZ and Australia are FREE.


Keeping up-to-date with research - setting up alerts

Most research databases (e.g. ProQuest Central, Science Direct and Scopus) allow you to create alerts that will push information to you based on a search you've set up previously. This could be a search for relevant  terms/keywords, an author name or a journal specialising in your research area.