Sociology

Book Catalogs & E-book Databases

OneSearch

OneSearch is the catalog for both the John Spoor Broome (JSB) Library and all 23 California State Universities. Everything or Books and Media All CSU will allow you to search all the books and media for the 23 campuses. The Books and Media CSUI allows you to locate books, electronic books, DVDs, CDs, and other items owned by the JSB Library.

 

WorldCat is a library catalog that contains items from libraries worldwide. When you find an item you would like in WorldCat you will want to click on the item title to verify that California State University, Channel Islands is not one of the libraries that owns this item.  If you would like to request this item click link Request Item through Interlibrary Loan.  This is a service available only to CSUCI Students, Faculty, and Staff.

 

Ebrary offers access to thousands of e-books from trustworthy, academic publishers, this database provides authoritative information across the disciplines, including Language and Literature. Ebrary books can be downloaded to personal computers or devices (except Kindle) after creating a personal account and signing in. They may also be saved in PDF.

 

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Journal Articles

SocAbs (Sociological Abstracts)

Sociological Abstracts provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews. It also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.

Social Services Abstracts

Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.

Academic Search

Academic SearchTM Premier contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,300 journals, with full text for more than 4,500 of those titles. This database contains coverage across the disciplines including biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, history, religion & theology, and many more.

JSTOR

JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.  JSTOR is a historical archive and does not include items published within the last 3-5 years.

Sage Journals

 

SAGE offers a wide variety of journals, including the Communications focused Media, Society, and Culture.

 

Springer Press

 

GenderWatch

 

GenderWatch contains scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications and books that focus on gender issues

 

Wiley InterScience

Project Muse

 

Project MUSE offers access to a comprehensive selection of prominent humanities and social sciences journals. This database contains over 400 indexed and peer-reviewed titles all in full-text. It includes numerous titles from some of the world's most prestigious university presses and scholarly societies. 

ProQuest Newspapers

ProQuest Newspapers offers electronic access to abstracts and full-text news sources.  It contains both U.S and International news sources including the New York Times, Daily Mail London, Bharat Chronicle New Delhi, The Bangkok Post, Moscow Times, and as well as many others.

 

 

Is it peer-reviewed?

Several resources are available to help CSUCI library users identify peer-reviewed articles.  Many of the journals indexed in specialized databases are scholarly but those databases do not tell you whether a journal is peer reviewed or not.  To find out if a journal is peer reviewed, ask at the Reference Desk for Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory.  Volume 5 of Ulrich’s has a list of "Refereed Serials."  While this list is not exhaustive, it is the most complete list available.

If you cannot find the publication listed in Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory, you should go the the publication's website.  Often times you can determine if a journal is peer-reviewed by looking at their submission process on their website.

Scholarly vs. Peer-reviewed

Scholarly journals contain articles written by, and addressed to, experts in a discipline. Scholarly journals present the research of experts in a field, although these journals also often carry opinion pieces or even advertisements unique to the field addressed by the journal. Publication cycles vary for scholarly journals, ranging from yearly to monthly but most frequently they are published bimonthly (every other month) or quarterly.

Peer-reviewed journals (also called refereed or juried journals) send submitted articles to one or more experts for review before deciding to publish them. This review process helps ensure that published articles reflect solid scholarship in a field. Most often, the experts reviewing an article make critical comments on the text, comments that the author must incorporate into the article before its publication.

While not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed, it is usually safe to assume that a peer-reviewed journal is also scholarly.

What is a primary source?

“Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research.”  (Finding Primary Sources on the Web, ALA-RUSA, 2008)

Websites

Data & Statistics Resources

Resource guide for Sociology statistics provided by the library at the University of Delaware.

Education Index: Sociology

A resource list of Sociology related websites.

MERLOT

A free and open online community of resources for faculty, staff, and students to share learning materials.

Selected Internet Resources in Sociology 

A guide of various internet resources about Sociology provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

SocioWeb

An independent guide to Sociological resources on the internet.

Sociology Associations

American Sociological Associations

A national organization of sociologists, which was founded in 1905 and has more than 14,000 members. Dedicated to sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the common good.

California Sociological Association

An organization established in 1990 dedicated to furthering the scientific study of society aong interested persons within the state of California.

Pacific Sociological Association

The PSAs mission is to adavance scholarly research in sociology and the majority of its members are graduate students. The PSA serves the Western-Pacific region of North America including parts of Canada and Mexico.

International Visual Sociology Associations (IVSA)

The IVSA is a nonprofit, democratic, and academically oriented professional organization devoted to the visual study of society, culture, and social relationships.

International Sociological Association (ISA)

Founded in 1949, the ISA embraces aims to represent all sociologists regardless of varying schools of thought and has members in 167 nations.

Evaluating Internet Sources

Not all information is equally valuable. Retrieved information, whether from a print or non-print sources, must be carefully examined to determine its usefulness and quality. As the World Wide Web becomes more popular as a source of information for assignments and research papers, it is important to be able to select and critically evaluate the sites you visit.

 

Relevance/Appropriateness

  1. Is the format/medium of the information useful for your assignment?
  2. If you need primary sources, is this a primary source?
  3. Is the information comprehensive enough for your needs?
  4. Does the information express a particular point of view?
  5. Is the information directed toward a general (vs. a specialized) audience?

Currency

  1. Is there an indication of when the information was created/published?
  2. Is the information regularly updated?
  3. Is the information still valid for your topic?


Authority/Credibility

  1. Is there information on the author/producer of the source?
  2. Is there information on author/producer’s credentials?
  3. Does the information come from an “authoritative” source?
  4. Is there contact information (e.g. email address for author/producer)?


Coverage

  1. Does the information source cover the topic extensively?
  2. Is the information abridged (e.g. table of contents/summary only)?
  3. Is full-text information available only to subscribers?


Accuracy

  1. Is the information presented as fact (vs. opinion)?
  2. If the information is presented as fact, can it be assessed for accuracy (i.e. are there footnotes or references)?
  3. Does the information appear to be biased?

Design

  1. Is the page layout visually pleasing?
  2. Are the buttons or icons easy to understand?
  3. Are the hot links provided to additional information?
  4. Do the images enhance the information?
  5. Is the load/response time acceptable?

Academic Dishonesty

What is academic dishonesty?

 

What happens if I get caught plagiarizing?

 

Want to know more about the California State University, Channel Islands, policy on academic dishonesty?

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Help Citing

Need more help?

Stop by the library to look at:

MLA Handbook

Ref LB 2369.G53

The Chicago Manual of Style

Ref Z253 .U69 2010

Publication Manual of the American Pyschological Association

Ref BF76.7 .P83 2010

A Manual for Writers of Term Paper Thesis, and Dissertations (Turabian)

Ref LB2369 .T8 2013

 

Also see the library "need to cite" page for a guide for assembling your work cited in your paper.

Visit the Writing and Multiliteracy Center and take advantage of their services.

Help Citing Images

Citing Images

For help with citing images (art, photographs, paintings, etc.) see the University of Cincinnati citing images resource guide.