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Joanna Cooksey

I'm hybrid working this semester, so will sometimes be on Headington campus and sometimes working from home. Please email in the first instance. If you need a 1-to-1 appointment we can then arrange one either face-to-face or via Zoom or Google Meet. My usual working hours are 8.00 - 16.00, Monday - Friday.


Citing your sources (also called referencing) is an essential part of your academic work and is explained fully on our page Reference and avoid plagiarism.

How to reference: use Cite Them Right

Use Cite Them Right to check how to reference a wide range of sources (books, journal articles, web sites) in exactly the same Harvard style used at Brookes.

The Library also has a printed guide to Brookes Harvard based on Cite Them Right that you can download (Word and PDF versions available).

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How to search Sociology databases

Databases are specialist search engines that can help you find high quality sources like journal articles. Many databases focus on journal articles which are key resources for Sociology research, so we recommend you use them when you are researching a topic to find academic sources. 

In this section you'll find links to some key databases plus video guides. 

NB Further databases are listed in the Resources section above.

Think about your keywords

If you're researching a topic, think about the keywords you could use on LibrarySearch and databases:

  • Check this video Choosing words to put in a search box made by Charlie Brampton, the Librarian for Geography
  • This Search Plan for Sociology (Google doc) can help you develop a list of keywords to use when searching online.
    Click on File - Make a copy - to save your own copy and then add your own notes to it.
  • The guide Database search tips for Sociology Word file and PDF gives tips on using keywords to search databases.
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How to use Sociological Abstracts and other ProQuest databases

Sociological Abstracts (on the ProQuest platform)  is the key database for finding journal articles on Sociology topics. ProQuest also hosts a number of other databases that may be useful for your Sociology research, including IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences)  - a major database for social science topics, and various health databases

All ProQuest databases work in the same way and you can search them individually or in combination ( see video guide 2 for how to do this).

How to use Academic Search Complete and other EBSCO databases

In addition to the ProQuest databases mentioned above - Sociological Abstracts and IBSS - there are also several useful databases on the EBSCO platform that may be useful for Sociology research. 

They work in a similar way to the ProQuest databases and the video guide (right) shows you how to search them individually or in combination.