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A Guide to Sociology Resources

Guides to sociology-related resources available through WUSTL Libraries.

How do I find a book?

Explore & discover: You can explore the libraries' collections with the Classic Catalog, using Subject Headings. (See here for the result of searching the Classic Catalog with "Sociology" as a subject heading. Here is a list of subject terms related to sociology).

If you are looking for books to read on a certain topic, also consider trying the discovery tool Primo. Primo searches books indexed in select bibliographies, in addition to books held at Washington University Libraries.


Particular title: If you know what book you are looking for, follow the steps below to find the book.

1. Washington University library Classic Catalog
Start here. Olin Library holds many books in sociology-related topics, such as race and ethnicity, social class, gender and sexuality, and education. (Some are available as e-books). The Social Work Library also has a collection of sociology-themed titles.

2. MOBIUS catalog
If the title you are looking for is not in our collection, try MOBIUS. With MOBIUS you can search and request books and other materials held at other university and public libraries in Missouri. Books usually come in 3-7 days.

3. WorldCat
If no other Missouri libraries have the title, either, you may have a better luck with WorldCat. If other WorldCat-affiliated libraries have the item, you can request an interlibrary loan (ILL) through ILLiad. Books and other physical materials usually arrive in 1-2 weeks. (Follow the Send Request to ILLiad link on the result screen).