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Finding Resources

As a Sociology student, you are expected to find and use high quality literature. You'll need to use a range of different sources and demonstrate your ability to find good results in order to impress your tutors and to develop your research skills.


Books can be a great place to start your reading around a topic.

Sociology books are located in the D section on the first floor of the JB Morrell Library. Many books will also be available online as e-books. Look for the links in YorSearch, under the View It section of each book.

Journals & databases

All journal titles are listed on YorSearch, and can be found by searching the journal title.

If you don't have a specific title in mind, you can browse journals in your subject area on Browzine. Journals are organised by field of research, such as:

News, Statistics and Data

News sources

The Library has an extensive collection of printed, microfilm and electronic UK and international newspapers. These can be searched on YorSearch or found on the eResources guide Newspapers list.

Statistics and data

The Library subscribes to a range of sources of statistics and data, which are provided on the eResources guide Datasets and Statistics list.


To start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.

Key databases

Additional sociology databases

Other databases

Research tools

SAGE Research Methods exists to help social science researchers and students with their projects, consisting primarily of a collection of e-books with supporting dictionary articles, journal entries and videos.

Created by the scholarly publisher SAGE, the Research Methods collection covers all aspects of research principles and design and analysis, from hypothesis formation and literature searching to evidence-gathering and drawing conclusions.

SAGE Research Methods will help you:

  • Design your research project
  • Understand your chosen method
  • Identify a new method
  • Conduct your research
  • Write up your findings