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Sociology: Get Articles

Resources for research in sociology

Where to Search for Articles in Sociology

Start looking for sociology articles in Sociological Abstracts 

Look for book chapters in Web of Science (Social Sciences CItation Index) and Scopus.

Project MUSE and JSTOR can be useful for sociology, and PubMed for medical sociology.

Other places to look include

Or, see our full list of databases for sociology.


Pro tip! When you find a good article, click UC e-links to get the online PDF. If Berkeley doesn't have that journal, use "interlibrary loan" to request that we borrow it from another library.

Also! If you find a great article, find its references in our Citation Linker... or search for the title in Google Scholar Free or open access and click "cited by" to see newer articles that build on the one you found!

Particularly useful journals

Annual Review of Sociology summarizes the current literature on a topic like theories of the causes of poverty, or social networks and health. Start here before your literature review to learn which articles to cite.

Other most-cited journals in sociology are:

American Sociological Review

American Journal of Sociology

Sociological Methods & Research

Another place to look is the American Sociological Association's publication Contexts, which is "the public face of sociology".  There are some good introductions here to themes and topics that are current and in the news.

GoogleScholar and UC e-Links

  1. Set up your proxy server access by following the directions at http://proxy.lib.berkeley.edu/. When you get to a point where you are accessing resources that the Library pays for, you will be prompted for your CalNet ID and password.
  2. Change your “Scholar Preferences.” Access these by clicking on the link next to the search box. 
  3. In search box next to "Library Links," type in University of California Berkeley and click on “Find Library”
  4. Check box next to "University of California Berkeley - UC-eLinks
  5. Click on "Save Preferences" at bottom of page