Use this guide to find resources to write your senior research paper.
Collections Strategist & Anthropology, Sociology Librarian
When searching within article databases, avoid searching complex phrases.
For example if you're searching how gentrification has impacted low income communities, search for a combination of terms such as ---
(gentrification OR gentrify) AND ("low income" OR socioeconomic) AND (communit* OR neighborhoods)
Note, an asterisk with search for different variations of a term and quotes will indicate a term rather than two separate words
Stay Focused! Here are some Narrower Areas Related to Sociology
- Race relations
- Social psychology
- Social history
- Ethnic relations
- Social conflict
- Social structure
- Social ethics
- Social marginality
- War and society
- Information society
- Sociological jurisprudence
- Critical theory
- Social integration
- Secret societies
- Social control
- Social mobility
- Human settlements
- Social institutions
- Social systems
- Social contract
- Social capital
- Communism and society
- Social prediction
- Family research
Resources for Brainstorming Topics
Annual Reviews This link opens in a new window
Searches all Annual Review journals subscribed to by WCU library.
CQ Researcher This link opens in a new window
Current reports covering a wide range of social, economic, political, and environmental issues. Search by topic or browse issues to find reports.
SAGE Knowledge This link opens in a new window
eBooks, reference, and video titles in the social sciences.
Resources for Article Searching
SocINDEX with Full Text This link opens in a new window
A comprehensive and high quality sociology research database encompassing the broad spectrum of sociological study.
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
Full text scholarly journal articles in Arts & Sciences, Biological Sciences, Business, Health and General Sciences from first volume through three to five years from the last complete calendar year (moving wall).
Web of Science Core Collection (Web of Science) This link opens in a new window
-Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1984- )
-Science Citation Index Expanded (1984- )
-Social Sciences Citation Index Expanded (1984- )
-Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (1990- )
-Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (1990- )
-Book Citation Index– Science (2005- )
-Book Citation Index– Social Sciences & Humanities (2005- )
-Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015- )
-Current Chemical Reactions (1985- )
-Index Chemicus (1993- )
Academic Search Ultimate This link opens in a new window
One of the best places to start your research in any discipline!
Archival/ Primary Sources/ Historical Perspective Resources
Advertising America This link opens in a new window
Documents the history, operation, policies and accomplishments of one of the world's largest and oldest advertising firms. The papers show many aspects of twentieth-century cultural, social, business, marketing, consumer and economic history while investigating the human psyche.
African American Communities This link opens in a new window
Primary source material representing the culture and identity of African American communities primarily in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, and North Carolina.
Defining Gender This link opens in a new window
Original British source material from a gendered perspective in history, literature, sociology and education.
Everyday Life and Women in America, 1800-1920 This link opens in a new window
Primary source material for the study of American social, cultural, and popular history in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Gender: Identity and Social Change This link opens in a new window
Primary sources documenting the changing representations and lived experiences of gender roles and relations from the nineteenth century to the present covering women's suffrage, the feminist movement, the men’s movement, employment, education, the body, the family, and government and politics.
Mass Observation Online This link opens in a new window
Original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organization, as well as printed publications, photographs and interactive features that study the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain from 1937 until the mid-1950s.
Race Relations in America This link opens in a new window
Documents highlighting different responses to the challenges of overcoming prejudice, segregation and racial tensions. Includes survey material, interviews, statistics, educational pamphlets, administrative correspondence, and photographs and speeches from the Annual Race Relations Institutes.