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Sociology: Finding Articles

This guide will cover Sociology resources.

Database Searching Tips

The following research guides can help you find what you need quickly and easily. Still have questions about searching? Ask a librarian!

MVCC Library's Discovery Service

This box searches most of the library's resources: books, DVDs, streaming video, and articles from databases. It is a great place to start searching. 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar can be a great place to find scholarly articles. Increasing amounts of peer-reviewed research is being made freely available through Open Access journals. However, if you find an article through Google Scholar where the full text is not available for free, ask a librarian! We can get you free access to the article through our databases or interlibrary loan. 

Subject-Specific Databases


For best results while searching library databases or the catalog, remember to use only key words, rather than full sentences or phrases. Here is a sample of search terms:

Community Rural Sociology
Social Change Social Conflict
Social Groups Social History
Social Systems Society
Sociology Urban Sociology

Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly Articles

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