Sociology/Anthropology Resource Guide

There are many resources in the library which will provide information on this topic. The purpose of this Subject Guide is to give you some suggestions for getting started. Keep in mind that another important resource is the librarian at the Reference Desk, who can suggest other useful sources and assist you in using the library catalog and the indexes.

Online Library Catalog

The Library Catalog lists the books, maps & audiovisual materials in the GCU Library. Some possible ways to search for materials would be:

  • Names of prominent persons in the field
  • Terms for major subdivisions of the field
  • Collective terms for groups of people
  • Terms for concepts used in the field


Searching by topic in these databases will give you a list of articles that appeared in certain journals and newspapers or as chapters in books. 

If you have a list of citations , you may consult the Journal List. The list will tell you what journals the library owns, and in what format they are available (online, print, microfilm, microfiche). Also listed will be the available issues (by date) held by the library.

Academic Search Premier
Indexes journals covering the social sciences, humanities, education, computer science, ethnic studies and more. Provides full-text articles from more than 3200 scholarly periodicals.

CSA Social Science Core
ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts, ERIC, Sociological Abstracts, Social Services Abstracts, Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS), PAIS Archive, PAIS International, Political Science Abstracts, Physical Education Index, and more -- indexes the international literature in sociology, political science and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

Full-image archival database of scholarly journals. The most current issues, 2-5 years, are not included due to publishers' restrictions.

LEXIS/NEXIS Academic Universe
Access to information on business, political, legal & other topics; many full-text articles; years of coverage vary by title.

Social Science Journals (Proquest)
1994 - Provides access to full text journal articles in social science


WestLaw Campus
Legal database containing the full-text of cases, statutes, federal regulations and American Jurisprudence, 2nd ed. (AmJur 2d)


Wilson OmniFile 
1982 - Abstracts and indexing for over 4,000 periodicals in many subjects. Full-text for over 2,000 periodicals. To search the social science section of the database, in the subject area box, scroll down and select "Social Science."

Reference Materials

This is just a small sample of available titles. Browse through the "G" and "H" classifications in the Reference area to find many others.


Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Ref HM425.B53 2007
CultureGrams Ref GT150.C85 2009
The Encyclopedia of Aging Ref HQ1061.E53 2001
Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice Ref HV6017.E52 2002
Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alchohol & Addictive Behavior (ebook) Ref HV5804.E53 2009
Encyclopedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory Ref GN281.E53 2000
Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice Ref HV9104.E58 2003
Encyclopedia of Social Measurement Ref H62.E53 2005
Encyclopedia of World Cultures Ref GN307.E53 1991
Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the U.S. Ref E184.S75 H365 1993
Handbook of North American Indians Ref E77.H25
International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (ebook) Ref H40.A2I5 2008
Social & Cultural Anthopology Ref GN316.R37 2002

Internet Resources

American Folklife Center

The American Folklife Center aims to be the national center for folklife documentation and research, and this Web site offers a virtual destination for those who cannot visit the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  On this Web site you will find not only an introduction to the activities of the American Folklife Center and its Archive of Folk Culture but also news about programs and activities, online presentations of multiformat collections, and other resources to facilitate folklife projects and study.


Your Independent Guide to Sociological Resources on the Internet

U.S. Census Bureau 

The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by our strong and capable workforce, our readiness to innovate, and our abiding commitment to our customers.

Intute : Social Sciences

Welcome to the Social Sciences pages of Intute. We are a free online service providing you with access to the very best Web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists.

Social Sciences Virtual Library

This site keeps track of online information in the various disciplines of the Social Sciences as part of the World Wide Web Virtual Library. Sites are inspected and evaluated for their adequacy as information sources.

AnthroTech Anthropology Virutal Library

The main purpose of this web site is to provide resources in the many sub-fields of anthropology.

Professional Associations/Organizations

American Sociological Association

The ASA is a non-profit membership association based in Washington, DC dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good.

The International Sociological Association

The International Sociological Association (ISA) is a non-profit association for scientific purposes in the field of sociology and social sciences. The ISA was founded in 1949 under the auspices of UNESCO. The goal of the ISA, is to represent sociologists everywhere, regardless of their school of thought, scientific approaches or ideological opinion, and to advance sociological knowledge throughout the world. Its members come from 109 countries.  The ISA is a member of the International Social Science Council and enjoys a status of the Non-Governmental Organization in formal associate relations with UNESCO and special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology

American Anthropological Society

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world's largest organization of individuals interested in anthropology.  this new, national organization was formed "to promote the science of anthropology, to stimulate and coordinate the efforts of American anthropologists, to foster local and other societies devoted to anthropology, to serve as a bond among American anthropologists and anthropologic organizations present and prospective, and to publish and encourage the publication of matter pertaining to anthropology.

National Association of Student Anthropologists

The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA), the student section of the American Anthropological Association, was founded in 1985 to address graduate and undergraduate student concerns and to promote the interests and involvement of students as anthropologists-in-training.  NASA provides a network of students across the subfields of anthropology and directly addresses issues that are of interest to both undergraduate and graduate students, including finding jobs, attending graduate school, fieldwork programs, networking, and much more!

The American Society for Ethnohistory

The American Society for Ethnohistory (ASE) was founded in 1954 to promote the interdisciplinary investigation of the histories of the Native Peoples of the Americas. The ethnohistorical method, as it has come to be known, involves developing histories informed by ethnography, linguistics, archaeology, and ecology.

Society for Economic Anthropology

The SEA is a group of anthropologists, economists, geographers, and scholars from other disciplines who are interested in the connections between economics and social life. The SEA welcomes new members from all disciplines and all four fields of anthropology.

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