Course resource help for Sociology

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Please get in touch if you have any queries about:

  • finding information and resources for assignments
  • finding online resources
  • referencing your sources

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.


Check Cite Them Right

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.

Cite Them Right shows you how to reference a wide range of sources (books, journal articles, web sites) in exactly the same Harvard style used at Brookes. It includes a Sample text and reference list using the Harvard style

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

Referencing tools

How to save and cite sources in LibrarySearch (Google slides) 

Endnote is a tool for storing and organising your references, and it will also work with Word or Pages to create a fully formatted bibliography from your reference library.

NB Other referencing guides and apps are widely available but be aware that not all Harvard styles are the same as ours. Make sure you check your references against Cite Them Right.

How to

Get started

How to find and borrow books:

  • Use LibrarySearch - check our video guide (on the right) for more help
  • Finding your material shows you how to understand call numbers and look for books on the library shelves.
  • Borrowing and returning tells you about borrowing books
  • Finding books and eBooks for Sociology Word file and PDF highlights key areas of the library for Sociology titles.

Find sources for your assignments

Check the Google slides (on the left) for tips on how to find resources for your Sociology assignments.
These guides may also help:

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When you're doing a dissertation

How to search Sociology databases

Sociological Abstracts and other ProQuest databases

You can use databases to find journal articles on Sociology topics you are researching. Two key databases are Sociological Abstracts and IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences). The databases are on the same web platform called ProQuest, they work in the same way and you can search them individually or in combination.

Follow the links below to connect to the databases, or check the video guides for tips on how to search them.

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. Follow the links below to connect to these databases, or check the video guide (right).