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Sources for Background Information

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Dictionaries

Searching the Library Catalogue

For more resources in Sociology, consult the library catalogue: McGill WorldCat

Search tips

Truncation symbol: ? e.g. sociolog? will retrieve catalogue records containing the words sociology, sociological, sociologists, etc.
Phrase searching: "___" e.g. "social research" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase social research
Boolean operators: (), AND, OR, NOT
default: AND
e.g. gender AND (sociology OR "social research") will retrieve catalogue records containing the word gender AND either sociology OR the phrase social research


To find a specific journal or article for which you have the title of the journal, see our Find Journals guide

For more information on finding articles, see our Find Articles guide

Article Databases

Core Databases

These databases are often the best places to start for sociology courses and topics:


Additional Databases + Review Journals + Dissertations & Theses

These databases include sociology-related material:
    A European, multilingual, multidisciplinary database covering journals and other documents in a range of subjects, including sociology
  • Alternative Press Index
    An international and interdisciplinary index to alternative, radical, and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
    Broad coverage of international material for social science and interdisciplinary research
    Retrospective coverage of the core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and basic sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication
  • Web of Science
    A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the social sciences, humanites, arts and offers citation searching
  • Canadian Periodical Index (CPI-Q)
    Newspapers, magazines, journals
  • Canadian Newsstand
    Offers full text of hundreds of Canadian newspapers and their backfiles

Review journals try to give an overview of a topic and publish surveys of current research areas, providing long lists of references - here are two good examples:

Dissertations and theses include literature reviews and long bibliographies, and they cover topics that are new or emerging

See our guide Theses & Dissertations for all the details on how to find theses at McGill and beyond

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