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Sociology: Home

This guide provides descriptions of commonly used library resources for sociological research.


This guide gives an overview of materials and resources available at NYU Libraries for research in sociology. There are other guides to more specific areas listed to the left.

Use the tabs above for help finding background information, articles, and more.


Ready to jump in? Here are the top 4 things to know about starting your research in sociology:

1. Article literature is expansively indexed by two core databases:

  • Sociological Abstracts represents the fundamental index for sociological scholarship. 
  • SocINDEX offers coverage from many subdisciplines of sociology.

2. Get background information by using a reference work in the field such as:

3. Managing all the materials you find from various sources using a tool like RefWorks to save, organize, and format all your citations.

4. Ask me when you get stuck! I'm here to help you with your research needs, just use one of the contact modes to the right to get help.

Subject Librarian

Jill Conte

Bobst Library, Mezzanine

Phone: 212.998.2622