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Research Guide: Sociology 101 - Book Report

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Typical Sociology 101 Guidelines

Note: Please check with your instructor for your specific requirements

  • Has to be a non-fiction book on a social issue
  • Book has to be more than 180 pages
  • Book cannot be more than 20 years old (or instructor approved)

Sometimes the easiest way to find a book is to browse the shelves. Check out the "Stacks" (back of the library) in the HM - HV's for books on social issues. See table below.

HMSociology (General)
HNSocial history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
HQThe family. Marriage. Women
HSSocieties: secret, benevolent, etc
HTCommunities. Classes. Race
HVSocial pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology


Search the catalog (below) for a specific title, author, or topic that you are interested in:

Library Catalog

  • Find materials that are in the physical library.
  • Primarily good for finding books.
  • Books are usually about broader topics than articles, so you may need to broaden your search terms (ex- instead of "texting" perhaps search for "cell phone use").
  • Books are not going to be as up-to-date as articles because they take longer to publish.
  • See which library the book is located in, and what section.
  • Be sure to write down the book's call number!

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Last updated: 04/30/18