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Sociological Research

A quick guide to sociological research methods for collecting and evaluating information on your topic.

Finding Books

Book Reviews

Sociology only:

  • Contemporary Sociology (1952-present) 

    Formerly the book review section of American Sociological Review, CS publishes reviews and critical discussions of recent works in sociology and related disciplines that 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 can be found in the new journals section at HM1.C65.

Multidisciplinary sources of book reviews:

  • Book Review Digest Plus 

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

  • Choice Online (1964-present)

    Provides reviews for books and electronic resources of academic interest. The electronic version goes back to 1998, while the print version (at 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 subject 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.  Check out "I am looking for books" for more helpful tips and information.  

discoverE Search


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.

Below is a sample list of subject headings for sociology:

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 source format or topic:



Some subjects have a sub-heading for sociological aspects:

crime-sociological aspects

Finding Books Beyond Emory

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.


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 them with your Emory ID card.


Tip: Consider installing LibX Tool bar to your internet browser. This will allow you to quickly connect resources you locate to Emory holdings. For more information click hereFor more tips on using discoverE, EUCLID, and WorldCat check out the Search Strategies Guide.

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