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Sociology: General Reference

Guide to resources for research and study of sociology.

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Browse these call number ranges established by the Library of Congress classification for categories of sociological topics or search below:

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HM435-477 History of sociology & theory

HM461-473 Schools of sociology, social thought

HM481-554 Theory & Method

HM621-656 Culture

HM661-696 Social control

HM701 Social systems

HM706 Social structure

HM711-806 Groups and organizations

HM831-901 Social change

HN1-995 Social history and conditions. Social problems.

HN30-39 The church and social problems

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Reference sources provide basic background information on a variety of subjects.  These types of sources are ideal when beginning research, in particular if little is known about the research topic.  Use the information you find in general reference sources to guide the research process toward more specific information.

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