Sociology & Social Issues Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on sociology and social issues


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

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

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

Annual Review of Sociology Backfile - review articles synthesizing the literature of sociology; does not include the last five years

Others to consider:

Academic OneFile - useful for all topics

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) - useful for all topics

CQ Researcher - social and political issues

Communication & Mass Media - media studies

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

Opposing Viewpoints- viewpoint articles and topic overviews on social issues

OneSearch - Articles

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides to Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals and Citing Your Sources.

Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

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


child abuse

domestic violence

drug abuse


homeless persons

persons with disabilities

poverty in the United States


social classes

social movements

social science methodology and research

social theory

surveys, questionnaires and focus groups

Books at other libraries

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

Melvyl- search library catalogs of the University of California

WorldCat- search library catalogs from around the world.

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use ILLiad to borrow books found using the catalogs above.

Selected reference books

Encyclopedia of Case Study Research. 2010

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media. 2007

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior. 2009

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society. 2009

Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science. 2008

Encyclopedia of Geography. 2010

Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 2010

Encyclopedia of Identity. 2010

Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence. 2008

Encyclopedia of Population. 2003

Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media. 2011

Encyclopedia of Social Problems. 2008

Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. 2007

Encyclopedia of Sociology. 2000

Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, & Recovery. 2009

Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. 2009

Encyclopedia of World Poverty. 2006

Family in Society: Essential Primary Sources. 2006

International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family. 2003

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

Sage Dictionary of Social Research Methods. 2006

Statistical Abstract of the United States. Current



International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences - Largest reference work ever published for the social and behavioral sciences; the 26-volume printed edition is available in the Library's Reference Collection (Ref H41.I58 2001).

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.

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.

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.

Social issues

Administration on Aging - Presents overview of a wide variety of topics, programs and services related to aging; provided by the Administration, an agency of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.

Disability Resources on the Internet - Nonprofit organization presents links and resources related to disabilities and independent living; provided by the Disability Resources Monthly.

National Coalition for the Homeless - Nonprofit organization presents links and resources related to homelessness; provided by the Coalition.

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information - A national resource for information on child abuse, child neglect, and child welfare; provided by the Clearinghouse, an agency of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.

PovertyNet - Resources and support for persons working to understand and alleviate poverty; provided by the World Bank.

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.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration - Portal to SAMHSA's clearinghouses: Mental Health Services, Addiction Treatment, Prevention, Statistics and Data, and Workplace Resources; provided by SAMHSA, an agency of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.


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 (Psychology); provided by the University of Michigan.

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.

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.

StatPages - Links to web pages that perform statistical calculations; provided by John C. Pezzullo, Georgetown University.

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides to California and Local History, Evaluating Websites and Internet Resources and Citing Your Sources.

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's research guides on California & Local History, Ethnic & Cultural Studies, Education, Gender Studies, Government Information, History, Media Studies & Journalism, Political Science & Law, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Work, and Statistical Information

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