Welcome to the Sociology Subject Research Guide
Your subject librarians have designed this guide to highlight online resources at the University of Melbourne Library that are relevant to Sociology.
This guide is intended to be a starting point for your research. For a more comprehensive list of Library resources for this subject please visit the A-Z eJournals and Databases website.
Note: The buttons below will open resources in new windows.
The databases below are multidisciplinary so you can expect lots of results from different subject areas.
To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the Library Catalogue. For example:
Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. These four techniques can help you focus your search:
The video below (3:47 mins) explains how you can use these advanced search techniques to quickly find relevant books and ebooks in the catalogue:
Request books from other universities through the BONUS+ catalogue and collect them from any Unimelb branch library.
Visit the BONUS+ webpage for more info.
Many disciplines rely on research methods to guide the process of conducting primary research.
To find methods for your discipline, do a keyword search in the Library Catalogue and add your discipline, e.g. Sociology AND "research method*".
Sociology is sometimes viewed as a subset of other established social sciences or field of research rather than a scientific discipline in it's own right (sociology of anthropology, or sociology of psychology, for example). With this in mind you may need to narrow your focus when looking for specific aspects of sociology by adding more specific keywords to your search,
To get started, try some of the resources below:
You can find relevant information and resources for your research on the websites of professional organisations and bodies, institutes, NGOs, government departments, etc.
This guide gives a few suggestions to get you started and to give you an idea what to look for. It is by no means comprehensive. If you are a coursework student, check your LMS to see if your lecturer has provided website recommendations.
Tip: if you want to limit your Google search results to organisational, governmental, or educational websites, use Google's advanced search option to limit the site or domains to .org, .gov, .edu.
Some website suggestions to get you started: