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Sociology Research Guide

Sociology Research Guide

Welcome to the Sociology Research Guide. This guide is to assist students who are taking courses in the Luther College of Arts and Sciences, and can also assist with students, faculty, and staff doing research in this area.

This Research Guide will provide information on the most relevant databases to search from, online periodicals we may subscribe to, and websites and open access options for this subject.

If you have questions or would like assistance with your research, please contact the Head Librarian at


Academic Search Complete

Coverage of most academic areas including business, social sciences, general academic, and general sciences.

Directory of Open Access Journals

A large database of open access peer-reviewed  journals and articles.


This database includes two Arts and Sciences collections with journals from subjects including the social sciences, education, law, criminology, history, etc.

Nexis Uni 

Formerly LexisNexis, Nexis Uni provides access to more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources, including decisions of the Federal courts and the appellate courts of all 50 states. 

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

A collection of journals providing information on psychology, psychiatry, mental health, etc.


Directory of Open Access Books

A large collection of open access eBooks

eBook Academic Collection

Collection of text from a wide range of academic disciplines.

eBook Collection

Collection of eBooks with a wide range of subjects.


Qualitative Research

This website provides resources for students, teachers, and researchers interested in action research (some of the resources include links to action research texts).

Appreciative Inquiry Commons

This website provides information and resources on appreciative inquiry.


This website provides a definition of a/r/tography and information and resources on a/r/tography.

The Association for Qualitative Research (Great Britain)

This website is devoted to qualitative research resources (glossary of qualitative terms, event information, conference information, etc.). The Association formerly was called the Association of Qualitative Research Practitioner.

Center for Narrative Inquiry

This website provides resources and examples related to narrative inquiry.

Center for Urban Ethnography

In addition to general information about conferences and ethnography publications, this website also provides links to several ethnography projects.

Centre for Arts-informed Research

This website provides links to art-informed projects (in addition to information on events and conferences).

Centre for Narrative Research

This website provides definition of narrative research and other information about its purpose.

The Grounded Theory Institute

This is the official website of Dr. Barney Glaser and classic grounded theory.

Grounded Theory Online

This website is devoted to Glaser’s grounded theory approach and ways to help students work with that approach.

Human Science Research Studies

This website lists human science research studies (articles, chapters, books, monographs) that are within the phenomenological and hermeneutical/interpretive traditions, broadly defined.

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

This website provides information on IPA and a link to a research teaching/training tool.

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) Tumblr Page

This website provides additional IPA links and resources.

QualPage – Resources for Qualitative Researchers

This Web page describes several different qualitative research approaches.


This website is designed to connect the research community.

Online QDA

This website provides a step-by-step process for qualitative data analysis.

Qualitative Inquiry Growth

Through this website, Thomas Groenewald provides descriptions of various qualitative research approaches.

Research Salad: Mixed Methods, Tossed Up Fresh Every Day

This blog provides information on issues in research (such as authorship).

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Qualitative Research Guidelines

This website contains information for people developing, evaluating and engaging in qualitative research projects in healthcare settings

Situational Analysis

This website developed by Adele Clarke describes situational analysis and provides information about other methods.

Social Research Update

This website is the quarterly journal from the department of sociology at the University of Surrey.

The Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL) at Harvard University

This website provides information about current sensory ethnography projects and sensory ethnography courses.

The Research Methods Knowledge Base

This website provides information on research methods, with key terms and definitions.


The home of the U.S. government’s open data. Here you will find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.

Diversity Data Kids

Explore hundreds of measures of child wellbeing and policy analysis from a unique information source that documents diversity, opportunity, and equity among US children.

Fed Stats

Access to statistics and information produced by more than 100 U.S. Federal Government agencies.

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) 

ICPSR is the world’s largest archive of computer-readable social science data. In addition to archiving collections from disciplines such as sociology, political science, history, and economics, ICPSR has seven special emphasis in gerontology, substance abuse and mental health, criminal justice, child care, health and medical care, education, and demography. 

National Center for Health Statistics

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) provides statistical information to guide actions and policies in order to improve the health of the American people. As the Nation’s principal health statistics agency, NCHS leads the way with accurate, relevant, and timely data.

U.S. Census Bureau

The Census Bureau’s mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy.

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