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Sociology: Get Books

Resources for research in sociology

Get Books

Search our library catalog to find books and ebooks purchased by the UC Berkeley Library, as well as those at all UC campuses (Use a proxy login if off-campus.)

Search WorldCat for books on your topic around the world, especially if doing a major literature review.

Finding Books on the Shelf

We use the Library of Congress system to shelve books by topic. When you find a book in the catalog, check which library it's in and write down its call number:

 HM51 .G444 1996  

Books are shelved in alphabetical order (HM books before HQ books), and then in numeric order (31 before 308). Sociology is diverse, and so we have several main groupings:

HM Sociology (general)
HN Social history & conditions, Social problems, Social reform
HQ The family, Marriage, Women
HS Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.
HT Communities, Classes, Races
HV Social pathology, Social & public welfare, Criminology

Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP)

UC Berkeley graduate students, faculty and academic staff are eligible to borrow books from Stanford via the RLCP program. If a book you want isn't available in OskiCat, you can search Stanford's catalog -- and then request the book you need by filling out this form. In general, the RLCP requests will arrive more quickly than requesting through Interlibrary Loan.

Get eBooks!

The library has purchased access to a wide range of sociology e-books for your use. Nearly all are subscription-based UCB access only and require you to be on campus / to login to your CalNet account to access:

Proquest ebooks can be read online, or download for 1-14 day loans. (You can permanently save some unrestricted books depending on the publisher's agreement).

Project Muse and JSTOR ebooks slant to the humanities; download and save chapters to read later.

Springer and Science Direct ebooks tend towards the sciences, and can often be downloaded and saved permanently.

Taylor & Francis ebooks are a mix of lending and permanent downloads.

UC Press and ACLS Humanities ebooks allow online reading only.

Proquest Dissertations and Theses is a good place to find detailed research not yet published as a book.

Google Books and HathiTrust  have digitized thousands of Berkeley books, which you can download if not in copyright.

Using "subject headings" to find books

Every book in our catalog has several "subject" headings which describe its main topic. Samples:

  • Young adults – Family relationships
  • Gentrification – California
  • Sociology -- History

Subjects and keywords are different. Search by "keyword" to find matching words in any title, author, subject, or book description. Search by "subject" to find books cataloged in a specific area--then click on the subject link to find similar books!  Here are some subject headings which will give you good results for topics in sociology

  • Clinical sociology
  • Communities
  • Criminal Behavior
  • Criminology
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Group Identity
  • Organizational Sociology
  • Political Sociology
  • Social Change
  • Social Conditions
  • Social Conflict
  • Social Ethics
  • Social Influence
  • Social Institutions
  • Social Problems
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Structure
  • Social Systems
  • Socialization
  • Sociological Aspects
  • Sociological Jurisprudence
  • Sociology
  • Sociology Research
  • Subculture

Always cite your sources! These lists of call numbers and subject headings for finding sociology books come from librarian Kathleen Collins at the University of Washington