This guide provides links to resources to help you get started with your research in Sociology.

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Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Guides in Sociology and the Social Sciences

Find Articles in Sociology and Related Disciplines

This is a selective list of databases relevant to Sociology research. You can find these and additional electronic resources on the Databases page of the Library website.

  • Sociology Database provides access to the international literature in Sociology.
  • ERIC  is an online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Race Relations Abstracts is an essential resource for ethnic and racial studies.
  • Women's Studies International is a database for women’s studies and feminist research.
  • Econlit is a reliable source of economic research citations and abstracts from the American Economic Association.
  • America History & Life is the primary bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

Find Articles in Multidisciplinary Databases

  • Web of Science indexes core journal articles in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. A key feature of the database is citation searching which enables you to find who has cited an article since it was published.
  • Google Scholar enables you to search for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, etc. Google Scholar also provides information on who has cited an item since it was published.
  • Social Science Premium is an index and full text database in the social sciences, including politics, sociology, and education.

Find Books in the Harvard Library & Beyond

Finding Books at Harvard

Finding Books Beyond Harvard

  • Borrow Direct - for books not currently available at Harvard. Submit a request and receive the book within 4 days. 
  • Interlibrary Loan - for articles, books, etc. request to borrow it from a broader network of libraries.
  • Purchase request - for items you need added to the Library collection.

Selected Sources on U.S. & International Data

United States

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States - The "National Data Book" contains statistics on social and economic conditions in the U. S. There is also a section on Comparative International Statistics, including information on finance, agriculture, and population.
  • Fedstats - A gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies. Data includes economic, healthcare, education, and crime.
  • Proquest Statistical Insight - Statistical tables from selected Federal, state and international inter-governmental publications as well as business and association publications.


  • International Historical Statistics Series / B.R. Mitchell; Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-2005
  • Europe, 1750-2005
  • the Americas, 1750-2005
  • Proquest Statistical Insight  - Statistical tables from selected Federal, state and international inter-governmental publications as well as business and association publications.
  • UN Data - from the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Topics include agriculture, education, employment, energy, environment, industry, national accounts, population, trade and tourism.
  • World Development Indicators/WDI Online - Contains statistical data for over 1,100 development indicators and time series data from 1960 for over 200 countries. Data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators.

Library Services & Tools

  • Ask Us - send us your questions and we'll find the answers.
  • HOLLIS+ - Sign in and start searching the Harvard Library collection.
  • Check Harvard Library Bookmark - download and click on it to bypass the paywall for online materials.
  • Scan and Deliver - Free electronic document delivery service for Harvard students, faculty and staff.
  • For materials not available at Harvard,
  • Research Management and Citation Tools - collect citations and organize your sources, notes and pdfs in one place. The Library offers classes to get you started.
  • Harvard Library Research Guides - handy guides to subjects, tools, and services compiled by Harvard Librarians.