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Sociology: Home


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Maria Planansky
Scholes Library
Room 118

Getting Started

This guide will provide you with information about resources available through Herrick Library to help support learning, teaching, and writing research.

The Sociology Librarian provides a number of services including:

  • Information literacy and library instruction tutorials
  • Resource instruction
  • Research support
  • Contact for book and journal recommendations

Using This Guide


  • Library Catalog (Primo) - this tab will explain what a library catalog is and provide you with links to search for different types of materials, as well as provide how-to video links
  • Databases - this tab will explain what a database is and provide you with links to some of the most helpful databases for doing general research. You will be able to use these databases to access journal articles, newspaper articles, magazine articles, and more
  • Books - this tab will provide you with tools helpful to finding electronic and physical books inside and outside of the AU Libraries.
  • Reference & Data - Reference books include encyclopedias, almanacs, handbooks, guides, and maps. They can help you find quick factual information and are a good place to get background information. This tab also provides links to commonly used statistics that you may need in your studies. Use this tab to find out general information about your topic.
  • Media - this tab will provide you with tools helpful to finding digitally accessible media like audio recordings as well as visual media like photographs and videos.
  • Citations- this tab provides links to help familiarize you with the American Sociological Association (ASA) citation style.
  • Google Scholar - this tab provides instructions and guidance for using the search tool Google Scholar

Quick Guide to Resources

Use Primo to do a basic search for just about anything: articles, books, conference proceedings, theses, and more.

Use the Journal Search tool to find a journal by its title or ISSN.

Use the Databases A-Z tool to go to a specific database. Searching within a database will give you a more focused search than using Primo but your results will be limited to resources within that specific database.

Each database is different and covers different resource types. To learn more about a database or find the right one for you, talk to a librarian.