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Primary subject databases
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Sociology @ ProQuest Selected ProQuest databases for Sociology. View Full Description

Main databases

Secondary subject databases
Database Description
21st Century Sociology Provides a timely and comprehensive assessment of the 100+ specialty fields of Sociology View Full Description
Child development abstracts and bibliography Print index for articles, books and other materials. View Full Description
Defining Gender Full-text manuscripts and printed works, plus illustrations. View Full Description
Sociological Abstracts Comprehensive, international coverage of journal articles, books, papers, etc. in sociology and related disciplines. View Full Description
Sociology - Oxford Bibliographies A collection of core resources in sociology. Selected by experts. View Full Description
Sociology @ EBSCOhost Selected EBSCOhost databases for Sociology. View Full Description
Sociology Database Index and full text collection of literature regarding the sociology and social work. View Full Description
Truth, Reconciliation & Colonialism Video playlist on the the effects of colonialism in Canada. View Full Description

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Tertiary subject databases
Database Description
CANSIM @ CHASS Canadian socio-economic statistical data. For advanced users. View Full Description
Child Welfare Information Gateway Links to information and publications for the well-being of children and families. View Full Description
Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text Covers journal articles, books, reports, dissertations and unpublished papers. View Full Description
Google Scholar Searches for articles and web resources from academic publishers and universities. View Full Description
JSTOR Current and back issues of journals in arts and sciences. View Full Description
Mass Observation Online Papers from the archive of a pioneering British social research organization. View Full Description
odesi Repository of socio-economic survey, census, and polling data from Statistics Canada, Ipsos Reid, Gallup, etc. View Full Description
OECD iLibrary Access books, articles, reports & statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. View Full Description
PTSDpubs Index for assessment, treatment, services and policies relating to stress disorder. View Full Description
Sage Knowledge Social sciences books by Sage Publications. Primarily Sociology, Education, and Business & Management. View Full Description
Scholars Portal Journals Several thousand full-text electronic journals; especially strong in sciences and social sciences. View Full Description
Social Sciences Citation Index (included in Web of Science) View Full Description
Web of Science Core Collection Citation indexes for the arts & humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. View Full Description
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 Full-text documents, plus scholarly essays, book reviews, commentaries and bibliographies. View Full Description
Women and Social Movements, International: 1840 to Present Letters, conference proceedings and other primary material concerning women's social movements. View Full Description
World Development Indicators Development data from more than 200 countries View Full Description

You can search for both print books and e-books in our new platform, Omni. Omni will search the holdings of all libraries at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Guelph, or you can extend your search to the 14 other Ontario Universities collaborating with us to provide better service. You can borrow print book you find in Omni, and you can access e-books you find in Omni too, from both on-campus and off-campus. Only ebook titles that Laurier owns access to will be displayed.

  • To limit your search to only books, select Resource Type in the left bar and choose Books & eBooks and then click on "Apply filter". I often find it useful to sort the resulting list by "Date newest" which shows you the most recently published book first.

Sociology books are found on our 6th floor, in the HM call number area. To see which call numbers go on which floor, you can use our floor maps guide (it’s on our website under “Locations” > “Floor plans”).

Sociology Call Numbers

Call Number Topic
HM 621-656 Culture
HM 711-806 Groups and Organizations
HM 1001-1281 Social Psychology
HM 1106-1171 Interpersonal Relations
HN 1-995 Social History and Conditions
HQ 12-449 Sexual Life
HQ 503-1064 Family, Marriage, Home
HQ 1088-1090.7 Men
HQ 1101-2030.7 Women
HS 1-3371 Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.
HT 51-1595 Communities. Classes. Races
HV 1-9960 Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
HX 1-970.7 Socialism. Communism. Anarchism

21st Century Sociology: a reference handbook (2007)

A comprehensive assessment of over 100 sociological fields, as well as an examination of the development of sociological inquiry
Encyclopedia of Sociology (2001) Classic sociological reference text covering core issues such as race, poverty, violence, economics, pregnancy and abortion

Encyclopedia of Law & Society: American and Global Perspectives (2007)

Reference text for sociology, criminology, cultural anthropology, social psychology, and economics

Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. (2012)

A comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of sociological terms. Over 2,500 entries

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Sociology

Core research resources and bibliographies for many sociological fields such as deviance, norms, health, and aging


Also see the Library's Data and Statistics page for a complete listing of statistics-related resources.

Statistics Canada

Discover resources, news, and research from Canada's national statistical agency

<odesi> The Library's searchable repository of microdata from StatCan surveys and Canadian polling data. Create your own tables, or expect data into SPSS, SAS, and Stata

Elections Canada

Campaign results, voter turnout, and campaign finance information. Click on Resource Centre for reports and publications


Juristat is Statistics Canada’s annual publication for crime and justice statistics, such as homicide rates and violent crime rates by region. See topics by browsing by Chronological Index in the left-hand menu

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Surveillance

Uses administrative data to analyze incidence, prevalence, and outcomes of chronic conditions and disease in Canada

The Source for Women's Health

Identifies and tracks sources of women's health data, reports, and reviews

Canadian Institute for Health Information

Statistics and analysis on the Canadian health care system

Canadian Index of Wellbeing

Measures the social well-being of Canadians

Community Information Database (CID)

Develop basic socio-economic profiles for communities in Canada


Course guides

Course guides organized by course number and course title
Course # Title
Sociology How to "Anne Kelly" your search
SY103 Sociology II: Social Life
SY423 Children, Parents and Schools

There are quite a few good websites you can use to find sociological materials.