Subject Guides



Academic Search Premier
Scholarly, multidiscipline, full-text database designed specifically for academic institutions.

CQ Researcher
In-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy.

Google Scholar
Broad array of scholarly literature.

Contains dozens of journals in sociology, along with other journals in the social sciences.

LexisNexis Academic
Comprehensive news, business, and legal information, entirely full-text.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
A full-text resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Terrorism to Endangered Species, Stem Cell Research to Gun Control. Provides pro and con viewpoint articles, reference articles that provide context, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, government and organizational statistics, multimedia, etc.

Oxford Journals
Research journals covering a broad range of subject areas, two-thirds of which are published in collaboration with learned societies and other international organizations.

Covers the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines, including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, and linguistics. This is a bibliographic database with abstracts covering 1806 to the present.

Psychology and Behavior Science Collection
Covers topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. This is the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 600 journals.  Approximately 216 titles fall under the subject description of sociology.

Indexes 640 journals in the fields of sociology and social work, with full text for more than 250 of them.

Wiley Interscience
Full-text journals and ebooks in sociology and the social sciences.

Web resources

Criminal Justice

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Federally sponsored information clearinghouse that produces "one of the largest criminal and juvenile justice libraries and databases in the world," the NCJRS Abstracts Database. It also provides 7,000 full-text publications, and online reference service.

World Criminal Justice Library Network
Collection of resources related to criminal justice worldwide.

Demographic Data

American Religion Data Archive
Great source for simple maps and reports of churches and church membership. Download data from numerous national surveys.

Pew Social & Demographic Trends
Presents studies on Americans' attitudes and behavior related a number of social issues and social trends. Complete reports are downloadable as PDFs.

Social Statistics Briefing Room
Easy access to current Federal social statistics.

World Values Survey
Network of social scientists who have surveyed the basic values and beliefs of the publics of more than 80 societies, on all six inhabited continents.

Cultural/Social Research

Counsel of American Overseas Research Centers

Culture Grid
Collection of open access content (digital objects) from archives, galleries, libraries, and museums in the UK. Contains millions of items on a variety of topics.

Hartford Institute for Religion Research
Excellent site on the sociology of religion, featuring bibliographies, links to articles, and information on sociologists of religion and their tools. "An important bridge between the scholarly community and the practice of faith."
Provides access to U.S. agencies dedicated to human rights, reports, and news stories related to human rights issues worldwide.

Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture

Institute for Social Research

National Council on Disability
Small federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies and departments on issues and policies related to persons with disabilities. Links to news reports, blogs, reports, and other resources are provided on the site. The reports listed on this site are listed according to the publication date, and may also be accessed through

Open Culture
Video and audio segments of content of interest to the NPR audience. Additionally, collections of essays, online courses, eBooks, films, language lessons, and other freely accessible on the Web are listed on the site.

Russell Sage Foundation

SOSIG:  Social Science Information Gateway
A database of several thousand Internet resources, each selected by a librarian or academic. This annotated catalog is browsable and searchable by subject area.

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Covers poverty and poverty-related issues. Includes press releases, statistical data, articles, videos, and links to additional resources.  Many of the research articles are published by nonprofit organizations.


Best way to find e-books

Search the GFU library catalog FoxTrax to find e-books by subject, title, author or keyword.

  1. Go to Advanced Search
  2. Enter your search term (you can select a search field for subject, title, or author in the drop-down menu)
  3. Under the limiter “Material Type” select “EBOOKS”
  4. Submit your search

Foxtrax subject searches for e-books about:







Largest GFU e-book collections

Our largest e-book collection. Ebrary provides access to over 75,000 digital titles.

MyiLibrary provides access to e-books from major academic publishers.
***Mac users defer to the Safari browser until further notice.

Searcg over 4600 titles.  Features:

  • Links from the table of contents
  • An embedded dictionary
  • Full-text searching
  • Page-by-page or chapter-by-chapter access

***Mac users defer to the Safari browser

Print books

Search Foxtrax for books at GFU libraries.

You can search by title, author, or subject and discover:

  1. which of our libraries owns it
  2. shelf position (call number)
  3. status (on shelf or checked out)
  4. complete citation

Search Summit and/or WorldCat for books at other libraries.

Through Summit, you have access to the holdings of most academic libraries in the northwest. You can also choose to search the World Catalog.  Summit materials arrive in 2-4 business days. You can check Summit books out for 6 weeks with no renewals. Books requested from outside the Summit system can take 10 days to 3 weeks to arrive.

Types of searches that you can use to find books:

A.  Title and author searches

If you know the title of a book or the name of an author you can perform a "Title" or "Author" search in Foxtrax or Summit by selecting these field options from a drop-down menu or a tab and entering the title or author name in the search box.

B.  Keyword search

A keyword search is the broadest, most flexible search that you can use.  It looks for the terms that you enter in any order within all of the fields of the bibliographic record.  You can perform a "Keyword" search in Foxtrax or Summit by selecting this field option from a drop down menu or a tab and entering the keyword(s) in the search box.  This can be a good way to start your book search but sometimes the results are irrelevant or there are so many that it would take too long to go through them all.  If this is the case then a subject search will be more helpful for you.

C.  Subject search

A subject search in the catalog is the most direct way to find a book on a specific topic.  You can perform a "Subject" search in Foxtrax or Summit by selecting these field options from a drop-down menu or tab and entering the subject heading in the search box.  It can be difficult to know or to find the right subject heading to use for this type of search.  If you are not sure what term to use as a subject heading then read the tip below for a helpful alternative.

Easiest way to perform a subject search:

    • Using a keyword search find one book in the catalog that most closely matches your topic of interest and look at the full record to view the subject headings that are used to describe the content.  Click on one of the subject headings to view all materials that have been labeled with the same subject heading or use a combination of subject headings to formulate your own search.
  2. Links to subject searches

    Below are links to various subject searches in the catalog that will take you to the records of books that have been tagged with that subject heading. 


    Christian sociology

    Clinical sociology

    Crime sociological aspects

    Durkheimian school of sociology

    Economics sociological aspects

    Educational sociology

    Emotions sociological aspects


    Ethnic relations

    Exchange theory (Sociology)

    Globalization social aspects

    Historical sociology

    Human settlements

    Industrial sociology

    Knowledge, sociology of



    Organizational sociology

    Political sociology 


    Race relations

    Religion and sociology

    Social Capital (Sociology) 

    Sociological jurisprudence

    Sociology, rural

    Sports sociological aspects

    Suicide sociological aspects

    War and society

    Women health and hygiene sociological aspects

    Women mental health sociological aspects

    Call numbers

    If you want to browse for books in the library, use the call numbers below to find the subject areas that are of interest to you. You can use them to browse the reference section or the main stacks. The Library of Congress website may have a more detailed outline of call numbers for your subject area.

    BL 60 Sociology of Religion
    BP 173.25-173.45 Islamic Sociology
    HA 29-32 Theory & Method of Social Science Statistics
    HB 848-3697 Demography
    HD 60-60.5 Social Responsibility of Business
    HD 4801-8943 Labor, Work, Working Class
    HD 6951-6957 Industrial Sociology, Social Conditions of Labor
    HD 7795-8027 Labor Policy, Labor and the State
    HM 435-477 History of Sociology & Sociological Theory
    HM 461-473 Schools of Social Thought
    HM 481-554 Sociological Theory and Method
    HM 621-656 Culture
    HM 661-696 Social Control
    HM 701 Social Systems
    HM 706 Social Structure
    HM 711-806 Groups and Organizations
    HM 756-781 Community
    HM 786-806 Organizational Sociology and Theory
    HM 811-821 Deviant Behavior, Social Deviance
    HM 826 Social Institutions
    HM 831-901 Social Change
    HM 1001-1281 Social Psychology
    HM 1041-1101 Social Perception, Social Cognition
    HM 1106-1171 Interpersonal relations
    HM 1176-1281 Social Influence/Pressure
    HN 1-995 Social History/Conditions, Problems & Reform
    HQ 19-30.7 Sexual behavior and attitudes, Sexuality
    HQ 31-64 Sex instruction and sexual ethics
    HQ 71-72 Sexual deviations
    HQ 74-74.2 Bisexuality
    HQ 75-77 Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Transexualism, Transvestism
    HQ 79 Sadism, Masochism, Fetishism
    HQ 101-440.7 Prostitution
    HQ 450-472 Erotica
    HQ 503-1064 Family, Marriage, Home
    HQ 755.7-759.92 Parents, Parenthood
    HQ 760-767.7 Family Size
    HQ 767.8-792.2 Children, Child Development
    HQ 793-799.2 Youth. Adolescents. Teenagers
    HQ 799.5-799.97 Adulthood
    HQ 800-801 Single People, Man/Woman Relationships, Dating
    HQ 806 Adultery
    HQ 811-960.7 Divorce
    HQ1058-1058.5 Widowhood
    HQ 1060-1064 Gerontology
    HQ1073-1073.5 Death & Dying
    HQ 1075-1075.5 Sex Role
    HQ 1088-1090.7 Men
    HQ 1101-2030.7 Women, Feminism
    HT 101-395 Urban sociology
    HT 401-485 Rural sociology
    HT 621-725 Origins of social classes
    HT 1501-1595 Races as a social group, race relations in general
    HV 4005-4013 Immigrants
    HV 5800-5840 Drug habits. Drug abuse
    HV 6035-6197 Criminal anthropology
    HV 6201-6249 Criminal classes
    HV 6774-7220.5 Crimes and criminal classes
    HX 519-696 Communism, Socialism, Utopianism, Collective Settlements
    HX 806-811 Utopias. The ideal state
    HX 821-970.9 Anarchism
    K 366-380 Sociology of Law
    K 1700-1973 Social Legislation
    LC 212-214 Educational Sociology
    RA 418 Medical Sociology, Social Medicine
    U 21-22 Military Sociology


Build your own search:

   1. Go to Foxtrax
   2. Select Advanced Search
   3. Enter a keyword in the search box
   4. Limit "Material Type" to "PROJ MEDIUM"

Foxtrax subject searches for videos about:




Streaming videos

Build your own search:

   1. Go to Foxtrax
   2. Select Advanced Search
   3. Enter a keyword in the search box (you can select a search field for subject, title, or author in the drop-down menu)
   4. Limit "Material Type" to "STREAMINGVIDEO"

Link to all streaming videos

If you would like to browse, click here to view the catalog's list of all streaming videos.

Google search:  Sociology

This Google Custom Search engine searches quality, discipline specific web sites selected by the librarians.

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