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Sociology Graduate Students: Books

Overview of sociology resources for beginning graduate students

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Finding Books

Book Reviews


Sociology only:

  • Contemporary Sociology (1952-date) HM1.C65

    Formerly the book review section of American Sociological Review, CS publishes reviews and critical discussions of recent works in sociology and in related disciplines which merit the attention of sociologists. Since not all sociological publications can be reviewed, a selection is made to reflect important trends and issues in the field.Back volumes are also available electronically through JSTOR. Current print issues are also found in the new journals area.

Multidisciplinary sources of book reviews:

  • Book Review Digest Plus

    Includes information on almost four million book titles with numerous full-text reviews. (Click on link,go to EBSCOHost Databases and select BookReview Digest Plus).

  • Choice Online

    Provides reviews for books and electronic resources of academic interest. The electronic version goes back to 1998. A print version (Z1007.C4) goes back to 1964.

TIP: You can also find book reviews by doing subject searches in the databases listed under Finding Magazine & Journal articles below. Limit your subect or author search to "book review" or "literature review."

Finding Books at Emory


To find books, journal holdings, music, videos or other materials located at any of the Emory libraries, search discoverE. You can search discoverE by keywords or phrases, author, title or periodical title.

You can also search discoverE by subject. One easy way to search by subject is to do a keyword search and locate a useful title. Look under Detailed Information for the title and you will find the subject headings that apply to it. Click on any of these subject headings and you will find similar books.

A sample list of LC subject headings for sociology is found below:

criminal behavior

educational sociology

ethnic relations

juvenile delinquency

sex differences

social conflict

social psychology

social stratification

social systems

social surveys

sociological jurisprudence (used for the sociology of law)


Subjects can be broken down by various formats or topics:


Sociology -methodology

Some subjects have a sub-heading for sociological aspects:

crime-sociological aspects


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Finding Books Beyond Emory


  • WorldCat

    A comprehensive catalog of items held by a wide-range of libraries including research and public institutions. Searchable by author, title and subject. Covers other formats beyond books but does not index journal articles.

Contact InterLibrary Loan to borrow books not at Emory. If books are available at local academic institutions (University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University) you may be able to borrow with your Emory ID card.


For more TIPS on using discoverE, EUCLID, and WorldCat read Search Strategies Guide


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