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Sample ebooks
Finding Faith : The Spiritual Quest of the Post-Boomer Generation (ebrary)

Key Concepts in Anti-discriminatory Social Work (Gale)

Sociology and the Twilight of Man : Homocentrism and Discoure in Sociological Theory (eBook Collections)

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  • Reference/e-
  • Books/e-
  • Book Reviews
  • Journals/e-
  • Statistics
  • Government Documents
  • Organizations & Societies
  • Selected Bibliography

Sociology - Articles

Note: If full text links, such as HTML or PDF, are not available in the database article citation, look for a "Check for Full Text" (or similar) link to see if the article is available elsewhere in the Library.
Social Work Abstracts
SocINDEX with Full Text
Search Examples:
DE "AT-risk youth" in SocINDEX with Fulil Text 
DE "AT-risk youth" and (economics or poverty) in SocINDEX with Fulil Text 
DE “AT-risk youth” and effective programs in SocINDEX with Fulil Text 
"at-risk youth" AND ( program or club ) AND ( business or finance ) in SocINDEX with Full Text; Academic Search Complete; Political Science Complete; Social Work Abstracts
Other related databases to search for sociology articles
Academic Search Complete
Google Scholar Free on the Web
Science Direct: Social & Behavioral Sciences Journal Collection

ScirusScirus Free on the Web
show/hide A comprehensive science-specific search engine. Indexes and searches 410+ million science-specific Web pages.

Search: Use Advanced search to limit journals, information types, file format, subject areas and more.
Scirus includes indexing for more than 30 special sources (listed below), including Medline ORU database. Off campus students, including distance leraners, requires login., PubMed Central, SAGE Publications ORU database. Off campus students, including distance leraners, requires login., and ScienceDirect ORU database. Off campus students, including distance leraners, requires login..
Scirus "...allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information."See Scirus Help for tips, tools and more.

Scirus special sources
Library guide: How to Find Articles

Sociology - Reference Materials

Use reference materials to find general or background information.
ORU Reference Databases
Credo Reference Center
Topic Pages for Social Sciences
Concept Map for Social Work
View the list of Book Titles (click Social Sciences in the left sidebar)
GVRL - Gale Virtual Reference Library
Sample Titles:
Encyclopedia of Sociology International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences World Poverty

Encyclopedia of Sociology
Publication Year: 2001

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences
Publication Year: 2008
World Poverty,
2008 ed.
Publication Year: 2009
Points of View Reference Center
Sample search results for: social integration
General Reference Works
Encyclopædia Britannica Free on the Web
Summary and in-depth articles on every branch of human knowledge.
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Over tens of thousands of entries searchable by subject or keyword
Includes The World Almanac and Book of Facts, The World Almanac of the U.S.A., The World Almanac of U.S. Politics, The World Almanac for Kids, The World Almanac Knowledge Source, and Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia. Free on the Web
In the Library
To find reference materials, use the Library catalog and limit to Reference Collection. Browse HM-HX call numbers sections in the Reference collection.
See: Library of Congress Classification Outline -- Social Sciences

Examples of titles in the Reference Collection:


Sociology - Books and ebooks

ORU Library Catalog
Contains records for all types of library materials, including books, in-house journals, videos, DVDs, audiobooks, and ebooks, with links to the ebook full text.
• Search the library catalog for ORU holdings.
• Use the Advanced Keyword Search for more specific results.
• Browse the Sociology subjects in the library catalog.
• Browse the "H" Library of Congress Classifications for Social Sciences by doing call number searches in the catalog or browsing the sections on the 4th and 5th floors.
For books beyond the ORU library look in other Oklahoma catalogs, WorldCat (also available through FirstSearch databases) or Google Books.
ebrary : Social Sciences  ~15,476 ebooks | Sociology ~566 ebooks

TIP: For the most recently published ebooks to appear at the top of the list change "Sort results by" from Relevance to Date.
eBook Collection
Search: Use advanced search, type a subject such as social science, and then change Select a Field (optional) to Subject.
SocINDEX with Full Text — includes ~830 full text books EBSCO
Library Guide:  How to Find Books and eBooks

Sociology - Book Reviews

When searching a database, limit your search results to Book Review, if the option is available in the database. Or, type book review and the title and/or author in the search fields.

In SocINDEX with Full Text, Social Work Abstracts, Academic Search Premier or other EBSCO database, in Advanced Search limit to Book Review for the Document Type.

EBSCO Book Review Document Type

Enter the author or title of the book in the text box. (Use quotation marks to search the title as a phrase.) Or, simply do a keyword search.

EBSCO Book Review

Each record in the result list will have the field Document Type: Book Review.

EBSCO Book Review Limit

Library guide: How to Find Book Reviews

Sociology - Journals

ORU's A-to-Z Journals List includes links to all journal titles in various formats, including full-text online, paper, CD-ROM or microform.

  • To see if a journal title is available in the ORU Library do a Title Search with the title name, publisher name, or ISSN. When a title is available in paper, CD-ROM or microform only, or when the online version does not provide the issue you need, use the link, Oral Roberts University Library Holdings. This will take you to the title in the library catalog where you may check the subscription summary to see the dates/issues held. 
  • Select a subject set in the A-to-Z Journal List, such as those listed below, to browse social work related journal titles available at ORU.
        - Sociology (general) ~480 Titles
    Social Pathology. Social and Public Welfare ~504 titles
    Other Social Sciences subjects ~11,345 titles
    From your selected subject set, choose a title then follow the path to the full text. 
Library research guide: How to find...Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, etc.)
Browse Journals in ORU databases
ScienceDirect Title List—By Subject : Social Sciences and Humanities ~2,700 titles
ScienceDirect Title List—Alphabetically
To view free full text titles mark "Full-text available" in the left sidebar, then click Apply. Click the key next to the title to see available subscribed to dates. To view journal content click the title.
EBSCO Databases
Use the Publications link, or similar, to browse or search journal titles within the database.
EBSCO Publications
Open Access Journals Free on the Web
DOAJ–Directory of Open Access Journals : Sociology ~127 open access journals
Gold Rush
Google Scholar Advanced Search
To keep informed of what is currently being published in the social work area browse the tables of contents of behavioral science journals in FirstSearch's ECO - Electronic Collections Online (FirstSearch).
On the ECO page, click Browse Journal Titles and then, from the All Subject Collections, select a category under Psychology [BF] or Social Sciences: Sociology [HM-HX]. Begin browsing.
Please note: ECO provides only a small amount of full text.

Sociology - Statistics

Selected Web Sites
American FactFinder (U.S. Census Bureau)
Population, housing, economic and geographic data.
"Provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government...." More
Topics A To Z - More than 400 topics.
Gallup: Social and Economic Analysis
International Statistical Agencies (U.S. Census Bureau)
Statistical Abstract of America (U.S. Census Bureau)

Library research guide: How to Find Statistics

Sociology - Government Documents

In the GPO database, which provides access to U.S. government publications, do a search for a social work-related topic such as social work with children.

GPO (U.S. Government Publications database)
Search: Try a keyword search for a social work-related topic. Then click on the detailed record of an item of interest. In many cases, you can then link directly to the full text. Documents not available online may be obtained through interlibrary loan or by going to a federal depository library such as the Tulsa City-County Library.
For more government-generated information, see this library guide.
Government Web Sites
Administration for Children & Families (ACF)
Administration on Aging (AOA)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
US Department of Health & Human Services

Sociology - Organizations and Societies

Accrediting Organizations

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission and Council on Social Work Education

Professional Societies

Social Work - Selected Bibliography

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Glossaries


Other Key Texts

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