Subject Guides: Sociology

Core Databases

Full text of scholarly journals from most academic disciplines. Coverage is from the inception of the journal through three to five years ago. information about this database

Sociological Abstracts
Provides access to the latest research in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.  information about this database

Other Recommended Databases

Search Central: Sociology & Anthropology
Search Central is a federated search engine for searching across Trexler Library's electronic resources from one simple interface. With this single search, you are combing through major Sociology and Anthropology databases all at once. The results are presented in a consolidated list. Additional options allow you to list results by topic and show you which databases hold your search results.

Academic Search Premier
Full text access to scholarly and non-scholarly publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. information about this database

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
Indexes journals in sociology, psychology, political science, health, social work, education, and more.

A database with some full text articles covering various academic subjects including general sciences, humanities, social sciences, and business. information about this database

Sage Journals Online
Full-text access to over 500 journals published by Sage, providing wide coverage of scholarly publications in all disciplines, but particularly the social sciences. information about this database

Social Services Abstracts
Covers social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.

Popular Magazine and News Articles

Academic Search Premier
Full text access to scholarly and non-scholarly publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. information about this database

LexisNexis Academic
Full text of thousands of newspapers, magazines, broadcast transcripts, business publications, legal materials, and more. information about this database

Library Catalogs

Trexler Library Catalog
To search for items held at Trexler Library, use the Trexler Library Catalog. Items listed in the catalog include books, journals, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, audiobooks, government documents, and more.

Search catalogs from libraries across the country and around the globe.  Items owned by Trexler Library show a Muhlenberg College Library icon.  Request items not owned by Trexler Library directly through WorldCat using the ILL (Interlibrary Loan) button. Items generally take 2-10 days to arrive.

Online Reference Sources

Annual Review of Sociology
Summary and analysis of research in the field of sociology, published annually.  Good for an overview of the current state of research on a given topic.  Print version of volumes from 1994 to 2008 are also available in the Trexler Library Main Collection at 301.05 A615r.

Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology (2006)
Examines both American and European traditions and approaches to sociology. Entries cover schools, theories, theorists and debates, with substantial articles on all key topics in the field. While recognizing the richness of historical sociological traditions, the Dictionary also looks forward to new and evolving influences such as cultural change, genetics, globalization, information technologies, new wars and terrorism.  Also available in print in the Trexler Library Reference Collection at 301.03 C178.

Credo Reference Online
Provides access to a collection of aggregated and integrated reference books from high-quality publishers.

Print Reference Sources

21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook (2007)
Call Number: 301 T971c v.1-2

Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2005)
Call Number: 301.01 E56o v.1-2

Encyclopedia of Sociology (2nd ed., 2000)
Call Number: 301.03 E56of v.1-5

Key Contemporary Social Theorists (2003)
Call Number: 300.922 E46k

Statistical Sources

American Factfinder
An interactive, searchable database from the US Census Bureau with population, housing, and business statistics at the country, state, county, city, and zip code levels.

Gateway to statistics from U.S. Federal agencies.

Historical Statistics of the United States
Statistics from colonial times to modern day covering population, work and welfare, economic structure and performance, economic sectors, and governance and international relations.

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)
ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.  Full access available only to Muhlenberg faculty, students, and staff who create accounts using their Muhlenberg email addresses.

Intute: Statistics and Data
Directory of high quality web content related to statistics and data.  All sources are selected and annotated by subject specialists.

ProQuest Statistical Insight
Statistical information produced by U.S. federal agencies, states, and intergovernmental organizations.  (Previously known as LexisNexis Statistical.) information about this database

Statistical Abstract of the United States
The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.  Archived editions (1995- ) are available online, as well.   Old print editions (1886- ) are in the Trexler Library Government Documents section starting at C 3.134:886.  The most current print edition is in the Trexler Library Statistics Reference section at 317.3 U58s.


American Sociological Association
Find information on advocacy, careers, funding, publications, research and more from the national organization for sociologists.

International Center for Research on Women
"ICRW is a global research institute with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and New Delhi, India. [...] ICRW is comprised of social scientists, economists, public health specialists and demographers, all of whom are experts in gender relations."  Use the Publications tab to navigate to the ICRW Library to access "reports, policy briefs, toolkits and position papers on a range of topics for researchers, policymakers, program implementers and others."

Intute: Sociology
Directory of high quality web content related to Sociology.  All sources are selected and annotated by subject specialists.

Sociology Links (Sociology and Anthropology Department, Muhlenberg College)
Professional organizations, directories and resources for research, graduate school and career information, and other internet resources selected by the Sociology and Anthropology Department.

Other Items of Interest

Interlibrary Loan
The Interlibrary Loan Office service provides access to materials not owned by Muhlenberg College. Interlibrary loan service supports the study and research needs of Muhlenberg College students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and some affiliates.

Citation Tools

Citation Guides
Find information on a variety of citation styles.

Zotero is a "free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources."  Download and learn more from  Additional step-by-step instructions are available at