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Sociologists analyze how social institutions and social structures such as the economy, politics, education, the family, mass media, and the criminal justice system affect individuals in society.


"The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden."

Sociologist Pierre Bourdieu

Sociology is the academic field dedicated to understanding all aspects of the social world, human behavior in groups, the sources and consequences of social change, and potential solutions to social problems.  This Guide is designed to help SJSU students and faculty with their research projects, with specific resources for choosing topics, locating articles, and using sociological databases.

If you're not finding what you need on this Guide, please contact either the SJSU Reference Desk or the Sociology subject librarian, whose contact information is in the left column. 

To get started, use the tabs on the left of this page. Common questions include:

  • How do I choose a topic?
  • Where can I find peer-reviewed articles?
  • How can I learn about citations? 
  • Where can I find a sociology anthology or reader?
  • What databases are best for sociology classes? 
  • Where can I go for more help?