Sociology collection

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Overview

For major research databases in sociology and related resources, consult the Sociology Research Guide.

 

Collection description

The Penn Libraries has a large, broad sociology collection mostly housed in Van Pelt Library's LC classes HM-HX. Its strengths are in method and theory, stratification and inequality, social control, deviance, urban studies, medical sociology (with Biomedical Library), sociology of organizations (with Lippincott Library), demography, socialization and the life course, ethnicity and U.S. minority groups. The collection co-exists with strong collections in criminology, social policy & practice, and economics. Related materials are held at the Museum Library (cultural anthropology, ethnography, material culture), Fisher Fine Arts Library (urban design, city planning), and the Annenberg School Library (communication, media). A large collection of older works (the "Dewey 300s") at LIBRA is retrievable through the campus libraries.

Special collections

Links to policies will go here if they exist.

Doing research

For major research databases in sociology and related resources, consult the Sociology Research Guide.

Databases

Sociological Abstracts (includes Social Services Abstracts  |  IBSS - International Bibliography of the Social Sciences  |  Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective (1907-1984)  |  Family & Society Studies Worldwide  |  PolicyFIle  |  more ...

Reference works

Major journals

Book databases & eBook platforms

Research guides

Other e-resources

Social Explorer  |  ICPSR data archive  |  More data archives

Services