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Sociology Resources Guide

This is a guide to sociology research resources at Princeton University Library.

Sociology: Overview

The study of sociology is commonly defined as the scientific study of social relations, social institutions, and societies, conceive the objectives, uses, styles, and methods of their discipline in various ways. Sociologist could generally be divided into one of three orientations: the first, collects and analyses data to aid decision makes; the second, identifies various problems of societies; and the third, sees sociology as a means of explaining social phenomena (Duneier, M., 2015)*. 

The study of Sociology is often interdisciplinary in nature and focuses on some of the most pressing social issues of the day including inequality, poverty, immigration, race and ethnic relations, discrimination, health and well-being and religion in public life.

The Princeton University Library provides a wealth of resources for Sociological research.  Basic tools are identified in this Guide. Please feel free to reach out to the Sociology Librarian or any other Subject Specialist for consultation regarding your research question or course materials.

Our goal is to help you focus your research to get the most useful materials and tools to do your work in a way that is efficient, saving as much time as is practical. Please let us know how we can be of assistance in your research.


* Mitch Duneier, “Sociology:  Overview”, in the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Volume 22 , pp. 996-1000.  Amsterdam:  Elsevier, 2015