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Sociology: Welcome!

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior.

Library's Catalog


Welcome to Your Resources!

Your research librarian has put together a guide for your assignment needs. This guide will be helpful when finding information for your presentation.

We have already reviewed your topics and you can find valid, accurate, and credible sources for a variety of topics in the resources we've listed on this guide.

Remember that your research and presentations will be viewed by instructors and peers who are expecting to see academic resources, and not just information you found using Google which are questionable and often times may lack credibility or factual correctness.

Follow the instructions below:

1) Find Books

Use this page to find print and ebook resources on your topic. 

2) Find Articles

This is where you'll find articles of information for your topic. There are multiple databases you can use, and you should use them as they cover varied aspects of your topic. You'll also be able to find information about your profession, art, culture, and gender.

3) Find Reference/Background Information

When in doubt about your topic, use these resources to find general information; encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks.

4) Find Images

If you need to have images for your presentation, there are very good resources to help you find ones that visually represent your topic.

5) Schedule an Appointment

Here's where you can schedule your group to meet with a Research Consultant at the Library.

InterLibrary Loan

If the library does not own an item you need for research, teaching or study, you may request it through the InterLibrary Loan service. This free service allows user to borrow materials from other libraries and pick them up at the first-floor Access Service desk. 

Previous users can make a loan request by clicking on the link here: InterLibrary Loan service, and follow the following steps:

  • Click the “set/reset” password link
  • Identify a piece of information that was used in your patron load (barcode) 
  • Click “Request new password.” An email will be sent to the address on file for you with instructions and a link to set your password

For any questions about InterLibrary Loan, please contact the ILL supervisor by email at or by telephone at: (757) 823-2426.

If you have never used the Interlibrary Loan service you must first register as a First Time User. 


Collection Range

Subclass HM
HM(1)-1281    Sociology
(HM1-299)     These are obsolete numbers no longer use by the Library of Congress
HM435-477    History of sociology.  History of sociological theory
HM461-473   Schools of sociology.  Schools of social thought
HM481-554  Theory.  Method.  Relations to other subjects
HM621-656   Culture
HM661-696   Social control
HM701           Social systems
HM706           Social structure
HM711-806   Groups and organizations
HM756-781   Community
HM786-806   Organizational sociology.  Organization theory
HM811-821   Deviant behavior.  Social deviance
HM826           Social institutions
HM831-901   Social change
HM1001-1281 Social psychology
HM1041-1101 Social perception.  Social cognition Including perception of the self and others, prejudices, stereotype
HM1106-1171 Interpersonal relations.  Social behavior
HM1176-1281 Social influence.  Social pressure

Communities.  Classes.  Races

HT51-65  Human settlements, Communities
HT101-395 Urban groups, The city, Urban sociology
HT601-1445 Classes
HT621-635  Oruguns of social classes
HT851-1445 Slavery
HT1501-1595 Races

HX1-970.7  Socialism, Communism, Anarchism