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Resources for sociology courses and research in the Public Service and Community Studies department.

Geotom Catalog

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Call Numbers

Sociology research can be very interdisciplinary. However, class H of the Library of Congress classification system is devoted to Social Sciences, of which Sociology is one. Below are the sections which may be the most helpful to you when looking for books and some eBooks:

  • HM is General Sociology
  • HN is Social history and conditions, Social problems, and Social reform
  • HQ is The Family, Marriage, and Women
  • HT is Communities, Classes, and Races
  • HV is Social pathology, Social and public welfare, and Criminology

The Library of Congress classification and subject headings systems are large and complex systems subject to government approval, and as a result, sometimes the process to update the classifications and subject headings to their most current terms, especially those pertaining to race, gender, and sexuality, can be slow. Please feel free to ask a librarian more about how the classification and subject headings systems are structured, their biases, and current efforts to improve the terminology within them.

eBooks and Other Libraries

Online Reference Books

Reference Books are great for background information

Digitized Books 

Can't find what you're looking for? Use the links below to access materials we don't own.

Borrowing Books at W&J

There are many types of books available at W&J, including reference and scholarly books. 

Take a look at our Patron Services page for more information about borrowing books from W&J.