Sociology, n. The study of the development, structure and functioning of human society (Oxford English Dictionary)
"The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden." - Pierre Bourdieu, from On Television
To 'reveal that which is hidden' can be the challenge of using a large university library. This introduction offers help for research in sociology, listing core sources and giving tips on navigating our wealth of available databases. The adjacent tabs lead to suggested sources for some subjects of current interest. Sociology is interdisciplinary by nature, so remember there are guides for related disciplines such as anthropology, psychology, or economics. Learn the research interests of Berkeley scholars in the Sociology Department's pages for faculty and graduate students.
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At the library homepage the default search box will search hundreds of databases (see what's included). The online library catalog is called Oskicat and provides specifics about items in the physical collections and access points for digital resources. Melvyl searches libraries in the entire UC system, and also returns citations from a range of databases.
Ready to use statistical sources, some with simple table and map creation functions. See also our guide for data and digital scholarship.