SBS 318 Library Guide

Computing Skills for the Social Sciences

Research process

Information literacy tutorials:

Tutorial One - choosing your topic

Tutorial Two - searching for information

Tutorial Three - identifying different types of information

Tutorial Four - evaluating information

Additional help on specific topics, or related to specific CSUMB courses is available via:

How Do I ...

"How Do I ..." provides help on how to look for and use various library resources and services.

Course Guides

This link provides access to an index of web pages related to Library Instruction and library resources for specific courses at CSUMB.

Ask a Librarian:

Eddy Hogan, Coordinator of Collection Development, is the Library's liaison to Social, Behavioral & Global Studies. Once your senior capstone project has been approved, you may request a one-on-one, in-person consultation with Mr. Hogan to explore relevant information resources. Pre-capstone research assistance from a librarian is available in a variety of ways.

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's research guides on: Anthropology & Archaeology, Business, California & Local History, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Gender Studies, Geographic Information Systems, Government Information, History, Media Studies & Journalism, Political Science and Law, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Work, Sociology & Social Issues, and Statistical Information.

Books

Books in the CSUMB Library

Use the links below for quick lists of books and videos on:

Selected reference books in the CSUMB Library

Below is a partial list of Reference Books which provide introductory and background information on topics in the social sciences:

Atlas of Social and Economic Conditions and Change in Southern California. Ref G1526.E3 A8 2000

Blackwell Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Social Thought. Ref H41.B53 1993

Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory. Ref HM101.D527 1996

Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology. Ref HA17.V64 1999

Encyclopedia of Aging. Ref HQ1061.E534 2002

Encyclopedia of American Social History. Ref HN57.E58 1993

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior. Ref HV5804.E53 2001

Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Ref HM425.E47 2005

Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Ref HM425.E53 2006

Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ref HM425.E5 2000

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census. Ref HA37.U55 E53 2000

Handbook of Social Psychology. Ref HM251.B476 1995

Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. Ref HA202.H57 1989

International Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family. Ref HQ9.E52 2003

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Ref H41.I58 2001

Monterey County Children and Youth Report. Ref HQ767.8.M66 2001

Monterey County Adult Quality of Life Report. Ref HN60.L66 2003

Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. Ref H62.L456 2004

Statistical Abstract of the United States. Ref HA202.U562 2002

Trends Affecting Monterey County. Ref HC107.C22 M625 T7 1999

Reference and Statistical Databases in the Social Sciences:

CountryWatch - information, data and news on all countries

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences - abstracts only, see Ref H41.I58 2001 for text

RAND California - statistical information on California economic and public policy issues

Books at other libraries

First try...

CSU Union Catalog to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.

Then try...

MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region

Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California

WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the catalogs above

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Finding Primary Sources, How to Cite Electronic & Print Resources and Reference & Quick Facts.

Articles

Library databases

Databases That Focus on Topics in the Social Sciences:

America: History & Life - U.S. and Canadian history

Communication & Mass Media - media studies

CQ Researcher - social and political issues

Dissertations in Full Text - social sciences and humanities

EconLit - economics

ERIC - education

GenderWatch - gender studies

Historical Abstracts - world history

JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection - anthropology, archaeology, area studies, economics, education, geography, history, political science, sociology, statistics [also covers humanities]

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center - viewpoint articles and topic overviews on social issues

PAIS International - political science, public policy, social issues

PsycArticles - selective psychology journals

PsycINFO - comprehensive psychology index

Sage Journals - social sciences [also covers business, humanities, sciences]

Social Sciences Abstracts - anthropology, area studies, criminal justice, cultural studies, economics, geography, international relations, political science, public policy, social work, sociology

Social Services Abstracts - social work

Sociological Abstracts - sociology

Westlaw - law [also covers news and business]

Interdisciplinary Databases

Academic OneFile - useful for all topics

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) - useful for all topics

Google Scholar - indexes a large proportion of the scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas

Reference and Statistical Databases

CountryWatch - information, data and news on all countries

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences - abstracts only, see Ref H41.I58 2001 for text

New York Times Historical (1851-2009)

RAND California - statistical information on California economic and public policy issues

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals, Find Journals by Title, and How to Cite Electronic & Print Resources.

Websites

Selected social science websites

ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) - Provides a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction; for information about access and use, CSUMB students, faculty and staff should contact the campus ICPSR representative, Dr. Jennifer Dyer-Seymour (SBS); provided by the University of Michigan.

INFOMINE: Social Sciences and Humanities - Contains searchable and browsable annotated, librarian-selected links to sites covering disciplines and topics in the social sciences and humanities; provided by the University of California.

Internet Crossroads in Social Science Data - Contains annotated links to data-related resources; categories include: Crime, Family Life, Environment, Historical, Politics, Public Opinion, Housing, Migration, Population, Sociological; provided by University Wisconsin-Madison.

Internet Public Library: Social Sciences - Contains annotated, librarian-selected links; sites cover disciplines and topics in the social sciences; provided by the Internet Public Library.

Librarians' Index to the Internet: Society & Social Issues - Contains annotated, librarian-selected links; categories include: Activism, Disabilities, Movements, Peace, Poverty, Rights, Terrorism; provided by the Librarians' Index to the Internet.

Neighborhood Knowledge California - Statewide, interactive website that assembles and maps a variety of databases that can be used in neighborhood research; allows creation of maps and reports with associated demographic, housing, and lending information; provided by UCLA.

Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences - Searchable and browsable dictionary of 1000 entries covering the disciplines of sociology, criminology, political science and gender studies; provided by Athabasca University.

Public Agenda Online - Nonpartisan, nonprofit organization presents overviews, news digests, statistical information, and public opinion poll data on current U.S. public policy issues; provided by Public Agenda.

Resource Book for Monterey County - Searchable database of information on community and social services available in Monterey County; provided by the Monterey County Information and Referral Collaborative.

Social Science Information Gateway - Contains annotated links selected by social science academics and information specialists; sites cover disciplines and topics in the social sciences, business and law; provided by UK Resource Discovery Network.

Social Sciences Virtual Library - Includes links to mega-sites, electronic journals, professional associations, and resources by subject field; provided by Gene R. Thursby, University of Florida.

The SocioLog - Includes categories: General Reference, Journals, Topics in Sociology, Great Sociologists; provided by Julian Dierkes, University of British Columbia.

Yahoo! Social Science - Directory of links; sites cover disciplines and topics in the social sciences; provided by Yahoo!

Streaming video

Streaming video on Research Methods in the Social Sciences (four parts)

Exploring Qualitative Methods (46 min.)

Inferential Statistics (36 min.)

Introduction to Designing Experiments (23 min.)

Organizing Quantitative Data (37 min.)

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's research guides on: Anthropology & Archaeology, Business, California & Local History, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Gender Studies, Geographic Information Systems, Government Information, History, Media Studies & Journalism, Political Science and Law, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Work, Sociology & Social Issues, and Statistical Information.

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Evaluating Websites & Internet Resources and How to Cite Electronic & Print Resources.

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