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S/A 262: Medical Sociology

Spring 2009
This page offers some resources to help with your research. Feel free to ask questions at the reference desk or contact Barbara Fister- fister at gac dot edu.

Table of Contents:

Databases and Online Journal Collections
  • SAGE Premier
    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by Sage in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab.
  • Web of Science (Web of Knowledge)
    To use this interdisciplinary database for sociology topics, you can narrow down what you find by clicking on the "Web of Science" tab, then scrolling down and deselecting all the options other than Social Sciences Citation Index.
  • Annual Review of Sociology
    Annual volume of review essays that examine an issue in depth and provide a review of relevant research. These essays are a wonderful way to get the big picture quickly.
  • Google Scholar
    This search engine points toward scholarly research rather than all Web-based sources. It is stronger in the sciences than in the humanities, with social sciences somewhere in between. One interesting feature of Google Scholar is that in includes a link to sources that cite a particular item. If you are using Google Scholar on campus, you will find articles available through the library's subscription databases linked. To view these links when searching off campus, use our Google Scholar Off Campus Link. Not all of the articles in Google Scholar are free; the library can obtain many of them for you through interlibrary loan.
Getting Your Hands on Things We Don't Have

Sometimes you see a reference to something we don't have - but we can get it. Use the yellow Find It! button to check for availability or check our journals list (to see if we have a journal in which an article was published) or Worldcat for books. (In this case, once you find the book, if it's not in our library use the Find it! button to request it through interlibrary loan. You might also check Google Books to see if there's a summary and excerpts online which might help you decide if it's worth requesting.

Interlibrary Loan
This link will give you more information about interlibrary loan policies and a link to a form you can fill in for book and article requests that you don't find through a database.

Reference Books: Or How to Look Smart Without Really Trying

If you need a quick but scholarly run-down of a theory, a sociologist, how sociologists approach a social issue, what the big name researchers are in a particular area, or how ideas about a social topic might have branched out in different directions, use one of these reference books. Also, it will help you nail down terms and sound thoroughly well-versed in the discipline. Slightly less convenient than Wikipedia, but more respectable.

  • Encyclopedia of Sociology
    Macmillan 2000 2nd edition
    This set provides up-to-date and scholarly discussions of topics in the field such as class and race, ethnicity, economic sociology, and social structure. Each article is written by a specialist and all have excellent bibliographies.
    • Location(s): Ref HM425 .E5 2000
    5 vols.
  • International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences
    Macmillan Reference 2008 2nd edition
    A massive encyclopedia of social sciences topics, with each article written by an expert.
    • Location(s): Ref H 40 .A2 I5 2008 (9 vols)
  • Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods
    Thousand Oaks: Sage 2004
    A thorough treatment of a variety of research methods and tools, covering definitions of terms, topical essays on concepts, and overviews of specific methods, outlining their nature, history, application, and reasons to choose one method over another. Both qualitative and quantitative methods and concepts are included.
    • Location(s): Ref H 62 .L456 2004
  • Encyclopedia of Social Theory
    Thousand Oaks, CA: A Sage 2005
    Covers both theories and theorists, classical and cutting-edge. Quite useful for decoding complex theoretical positions and providing key formative works.
    • Location(s): Ref HM 425 .E47 2005
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