Resources & Links

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Using the Academic Web in Sociology

Heard in sociologists’ offices: “50% off your grade if you use anything off the internet” and “Don’t Google your degree”. Pay careful attention to these statements, these are wise words. The Web is like the jumble tables at Frenchies: everything you pick up is junk, until you find the one prize that’s your size, your color, and brings sparkle to your wardrobe. Unfortunately there is no such thing as The Academic Web already organized for us, and it takes quite a bit of academic training and internet searching practice to learn to think critically as you click. At the same time, there’s a wealth of academic quality material available online, these are a few of the better ones. They’re all easily used and some are designed specifically for you, an undergraduate student in a Sociology course. Show your prize online resource to your professor to make sure it “fits” the assignment.

  1. Our library has essential print and electronic resources that should be your first stop in researching any new topic in your sociology courses.

  2. Besides print journals our library has an extensive collection of sociology journals where you can find the up-to-date peer-reviewed research articles that are essential for any research paper assignment. You’ll also find a huge newspaper collection to get current information about events and ideas from around the globe.

  3. In addition there are academic quality encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and other guides will give you an overview of a topic, explanations of unfamiliar terms, or brief factual information to get you started on any research project.

  4. And the e-book collection is amazing. These are academic books, and again, they can an important contributions to your research paper.

    Most but not all are listed in the QUEST catalogue, so check the two social collections, the ebrary collection

    and the myilibrary collection.

  5. Here’s a guide to searching with Sociological Abstracts to locate the articles on your topic.

  6. Google Scholar has a massive database of academic quality research articles, drawing still more widely that our library’s collection.

  7. A Sociological Tour through Cyberspace is a wonderful resource designed specifically for undergraduates. It comes from Trinity University in Texas, there are international links, including some for Canadian resources. The “Sites to Stimulate the Sociological Imagination” is a treat for the sociologist-to-be.

  8. WWW Virtual Library: Sociology has extensive high quality resources from around the world for online research, as well as links to a wealth of sociology organizations. The site is managed out of the University of McMaster, so there are links to many Canadian websites. For those considering further studies in sociology, one click brings up links to all the Canadian universities to explore.

  9. Stauffer Humanities and Social Sciences Library: Sociology. Lots of Canadian links plus international sites at this website from the Queen’s University library. Some of the links at the Primary Resources and e-books link go to the Queen’s Library, but most of them are available at our library. Plus there are several collections of hundreds of free online books. Notable at the Website link (under CONTENTS on the left hand side) is the Centre for Social Justice link, it offers extensive resources for teaching, research, and learning to promote Social Justice. And to compare and contrast that site, click on the Fraser Institute right below it.

  10. Famous Sociologists: Strong Shoulders to Stand On is a rich site for information about many sociologists from around the world and their work. You can go to the links to the webpages of some sociologists for more information about them and often links to their articles and further resources. For instance, if you’re a fan of “Howie” Becker click to his webpage with more links to “Treasured Quotes”, “Favorite Websites”, and more: .

  11. INTUTE is a massive site produced by academics in the U.K. providing international links to “the best websites for study and research”. Mouse over Web Resources to pick your focus. There’s even an “Internet Training” link providing many resources to learn to use the web for academic research, learning, and information so you can develop your own academic web.

  12. The Mead (George Herbert) Project is a substantial bibliography that covers social psychology resources more generally. It originates at Brock University.

  13. The Feminist Theory Website was created in 1997 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The website is now vast, with resources for the various fields within feminist theory, national and ethnic feminisms, and individual feminists. This is a well organized site that is accessible to even the least experiences web researcher.

  14. Feminism and Women's Studies was first designed in 1993 by members of the Carnegie Mellon University Women's Center, where it is still based. This website contains links to a wealth of academic resources and high quality non-academic material. This was one of the first women’s studies web sites on the Internet and it continues to be one of the best known and used.

  15. The Marxist Internet Archive is a global resource available in many languages. “In 2007, MIA has 62 active volunteers from 33 different countries. MIA contains the writings of 592 authors representing a complete spectrum of political, philosophical, and scientific thought, generally spanning the past 200 years. MIA contains these writings in 45 different languages, comprising a total size of over 53,000 documents and 29 GB of data, all created through the work of volunteers around the world” (from the website). Very impressive.