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Just getting started?

Start by doing some background research. Take time to engage in some brainstorming exercises that will help you identify key subject terms. Encyclopedias and other reference resources can be used to help you refine your subject terms and the citations in these sources can be used to find more information on your topic.

Consider how much time you have to complete your assignment and how hard it will be to get the resources you need for your topic. If you are finding your research difficult to manage, narrow your topic or break your research down into manageable sub-topics. If you are not finding enough information on your topic, try using broader subject terms.

Other Useful Guides

Guide to the Library Using Databases Citation Guide

Library Catalog: Books, Videos, e-Books and more!

Call number areas to browse

Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Sociology HM 1-1281 Social History and Conditions. Social Problems. Social Reform HN 1-995 The Family. Marriage. Women HQ 1-2044
Communities. Classes. Races HT 51-1595 Social Pathology. Social and Public Welfare. Criminology HV 1-9960

The books in the library are organized by subject. You can browse these call number areas to find related books. So, if you are searching the library catalog and find a book that looks interesting or particularly relevant to your research, you can search the shelves in the library in the same call number area to find related items.

Reference Sources

Title Call Number
The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology REF HM425 .C66 2011
Key Sociological Thinkers REF HM51 .K43 2008
21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook REF HM585 .A13 2007 v1-2
World of Sociology REF HM585 .W67 2001
Find More

The reference collection is located at the back, right-hand side of the library. Items in this collection cannot be checked out, but a copier is conveniently located so you can make copies of the resources you find.

To search the Library Catalog for reference books about Sociology, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Sociology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search by selecting "Collection: Reference Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Circulating Books

Title Call Number
Writing in Sociology HM569 .E39 2012
The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice and Promise HM585 .J64 2008
Understanding Education : A Sociological Perspective LC191 .G49 2009
Mappers of Society: the Lives and Legacies of Great Scoiologists HM478 .F47 2003

Find More Sociology Find More Educational Sociology Find More Industrial Sociology


To search the Library Catalog for books about Sociology, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Sociology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Circulating Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

E-Books

Title E-Book Type
Social Problems and Inequality: Social Responsibility through Progressive Sociology EBSCO eBook
Social Ethics: Sociology and the Future of Society netLibrary eBook
The Sociology of Anthony Giddens netLibrary eBook
Education and Social Change netLibrary eBook

Find More Sociology Find More Educational Sociology Find More Industrial Sociology


To search the Library Catalog for e-books about Sociology or a related subfield, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Sociology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Electronic Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items available to Montgomery Library patrons only, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Audio/Visual Materials

Title Call Number
Fitting In HM586 .W39 2005 v4
Mass Appeal HM881 .M37 2005
All Together HM586 .W39 2005 v6
The Sociology of Religion BL60 .S62 2007

Find More Sociology


To search the Library Catalog for books about Sociology, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Sociology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Media: Videos, DVDs, films, slides, etc." from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Periodicals

Journal of Psychosocial Nursing Annual Review of Sociology


The periodical section is located in front of the circulating collection, next to the outdoor patio area. The periodical collection is organized by title. These items cannot be checked out, but there is a copy machine available adjacent to the periodical section.

Tips!

Requesting items not available at Montgomery Library:

If there is an item listed in the catalog, but it is not located at Montgomery Library, just select the “Request First Available Copy of this Item” button from the catalog record to have the item sent to Montgomery Library for pick-up. To complete your request, you need your library barcode and PIN. Generally, your PIN is the last 4 digits of the phone number you used to register for classes. If you have problems requesting an item, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

If the item is not available in the catalog:

Just select the “Requests” tab located in the upper, right-hand side of the screen. Complete and submit the Inter-Library Loan Request Form – LSCS. Contact a librarian if you need help!

Research Databases: Find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles

Recommended Databases

Academic Search Complete JSTOR
Project Muse Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Tips!

Finding the right database:

If you’d like to explore a subject area: Access the Research Databases: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Select a category that is relevant to your topic.

If you know the title of the journal you’re looking for, use the A to Z Electronic Journal Search to find out which database provides access to that journal: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> A to Z Electronic Journal Search -> Select “Search” tab

If you know the database title: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Find Database by Title

If the full-text/PDF version of an article is not available, select the “Check LinkSource for more information” link to see if another database offers full-text access.

Accessing Databases from Home:

You can access these databases from home using your library barcode number. If you have problems accessing the databases, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

If you are not able to find a resource that you need in the databases or in the library catalog, you can request the item via the Interlibrary Loan Form: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/interlibrary-request.htm

Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed Sources

Scholarly articles are written by an authority on the subject and are meant to share primary research with others in the field. Unlike popular sources, scholarly sources generally have a narrow audience and include a clear author or sponsoring association. These documents are very structured and usually include a literature review, methodology, and extensive citations. Many scholarly sources are also peer-reviewed which means others in the field reviewed the work before it was published. Many databases will allow you to limit your search to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources – look for this option.

Websites

Occasionally the librarians at LSC - Montgomery library will find a website they consider exceptional or particularly useful for academic research.

Suggested Websites:

Research Resources for the Social Sciences Social Science Research Network Sociological Tour Through the Internet

Getting research assistance . . .

Subject Librarian

Sarah Palacios-Wilhelm
Email: sarahpwilhelm@lonestar.edu Phone:936.273.7490 Office: bldg. F-164

Reference Desk

Email: mclr@lonestar.edu Phone: 936.273.7390

Department Contacts

Department Home: LSCS-Montgomery Sociology Department

Name Phone Number Office Number
Mike Green, Department Chair 936.271.61088 bldg. G221-J
Jared Cootz 936.273.7048 bldg. G121-L
Karin Branham, Professor 936.273.7333 bldg. G121-E
Christie Taillon


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