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Sociology Databases

Discovery - an EBSCO service allowing you to search multiple databases and the library catalog simultaneously. This service is made available to us through GALILEO, Georgia Library Learning Online, an initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

SocINDEX with Full Text
SocINDEX with Full Text offers coverage from all subdisciplines of sociology, including abortion, anthropology, criminology, criminal justice, cultural sociology, demography, economic development, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, politics, religion, rural sociology, social psychology, social structure, social work, sociological theory, sociology of education, substance abuse, urban studies, violence, welfare, and many others.

Sociological Collection
Provides information on all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure.

Social Science
Covers many topics including addiction studies, urban studies, family studies, and international relations.

Academic Search Complete
Provides abstracts and indexing for over 3,800, as well as full text for over 3,200 scholarly journals and general magazines.

An online archive containing back issues of scholarly journals in many disciplines.

Dissertations and Theses Full Text
Covers dissertations accepted at accredited U.S. institutions since 1861. It selectively covers Master's theses and Canadian, British, and other international dissertations. Most dissertations since 1997, along with some earlier dissertations, are available in full text.

CQ Researcher
Coverage of political and social issues, with reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the U.S. economy.

LexisNexis Academic
Many types of publications, virtually all in full text: newspapers (in English, other languages, and translations of international papers), legal news, general interest magazines, medical journals, trade publications, company financial information, transcripts, wire service reports, government publications (such as the federal case law, U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Congressional Testimony, etc.), law reviews, and reference works.

ProQuest Newspapers
Provides full-text access to five major national newspapers. Coverage includes full-text articles but not advertisements, illustrations, or photographs.

Research Library
Provides abstracts and indexing for over 2,600, as well as full text for over 1,700 scholarly journals and general magazines. Research Library is an expansion of, and replacement for, the database titled Periodical Abstracts Research II.

Web of Science
Provides detailed citations and abstracts for the top scholarly periodicals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Includes the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Covers both domestic and international journals, open access resources, books, patents, proceedings, and Web sites.



Sociology Journals

Open Access Journals


Sociologica is an on-line international journal of sociology, published by the main Italian social sciences publisher, Il Mulino (Bologna).


The SocJournal
Founded January 28th, 2010, the Socjournal is a new media journal intended to offer sociologists a window into the world of new media communications.


Sociology Books


Search the library catalog to find books available in the Tarver (Macon), Swilley (Atlanta), and Regional Academic Centers (Douglas County, Eastman, and Henry County) Libraries as well as electronic books. Items not available in the University Libraries can be requested from another library.

Sociology books available in the Tarver Library on the 3rd floor include these Library of Congress classification numbers:

  • HM - Sociology (General)
  • HN - Social History & Conditions. Social Problems. Social Reform
  • HQ - The Family. Marriage. Women
  • HS - Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.
  • HT - Communities. Classes. Races
  • HV - Social Pathology. Social & Public Welfare. Criminology



Sociology Reference Sources in the Tarver Library


ASA Style Guide, REF HM 569 A54 2010

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Reference, HM425 .B53 2007
This eleven-volume work provides 1,800 entries in A-Z format ranging from short definitions of key terms to extended explorations of major topics within the broad field of sociology. All entries were written and edited by an international team of the world's best scholars and teachers.

A Dictionary of Sociology Reference, HM425 .D5735 2014
This dictionary contains more than 2,500 entries on the terminology, methods, concepts, and thinkers in the field, as well as from the related fields of psychology, economics, anthropology, philosophy, and political science.

Statistical Abstract of the United States Government Documents, C 3.134: - also online at
The National Data Book contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included.


Government Documents

Government Documents are a useful resource as they provide a variety of statistical information on numerous subjects.

As a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program, the Jack Tarver Library has been collecting, organizing, and providing free public access to United States Government publications since 1964. The library also collects selected Georgia state publications. The purpose of the collection is to support Mercer University's mission and curricular needs as well as the informational needs of the general public in the 8th Congressional District of Georgia.

You can find more information about the collection here.


Useful Sociology Web Sites

American FactFinder
American FactFinder (AFF) is an online source that is used to find population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The key data programs include Decennial Census of Housing and Population, Economic Census, American Community Survey, and Population Estimates Program.

American Sociological Association (ASA)
Provides links to datasets from the government and other statistical resources.  Online newsletters and discussion groups, employment and career bulletins and resources are also available.

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Provides information on topic areas such as crime and victims, law enforcement, prosecution, the federal justice system, criminal offenders, courts and sentencing, corrections, and criminal record systems.  Includes statistics, facts, agency information, summary information, and an overview of criminology trends.

Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research, Internet Data Sources for Social Scientists
Includes federal, state and local government sources, access to select databases, and coverage on topics such as war data from Pennsylvania State University, the Study of American Families from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and the New Immigration Survey from Princeton University.

Fed Stats
Fed Stats is a leading source for statistical information for researchers and government agencies.

GPO Access
GPO Access is a free service of the U. S. Government Printing Office (GPO) that provides electronic access to a wealth of official, full-text information produced by the three branches of the Federal Government.

General Social Survey

Gerontological Society of America
Non-profit organization which explores the fields of aging.  Information is available for members, researchers, practitioners, educators, and policy makers regarding aspects and research in aging.

Joint Center for Poverty Research
Maintained by Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, and supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site provides working papers, policy briefs, newsletters, and other research regarding poverty research.  Additionally, resources for researchers such as conference and grant information is available.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)
NACJD preserves and distributes computerized crime and justice data from Federal agencies, state agencies, and investigator initiated research projects to users for secondary statistical analysis.

National Opinion Research Center (NORC)
'A national organization for research at the University of Chicago,' (website) the center conducts studies in the social sciences, education, and health services.  Included is the General Social Survey which compiles demographic, as well as other topics of research interest.

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
Researches polls on social and public policy issues, and maintains datasets from the United States and foreign countries.  Also, provides access to historical datasets.  Some membership guidelines apply.

U. S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau offers the most comprehensive demographic data, including information and statistics on the nation's population, housing, business and manufacturing activity, international trade, farming, and state and local governments.



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