Skip to Main Content

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Sociology: Books

Subject Searching

The basic Library Catalog search is a keyword search--you simply type your search terms into the box, and the catalog retrieves all the items that have your search terms in their catalog records.

Searching by subject is another way to find materials that focus on your topic. Each item in the Library Catalog has one or more subject terms (headings) assigned to it, When you search by subject, you retrieve only the items that have the subject for which you searched. To make a subject heading more specific, subheadings are added after it. A subheading is separated from the main heading by a double dash (--). Once you have your subject terms, to search by subject in the Library Catalog, in the dropdown list under "Search for," select "Subject."  Here are some example subject headings for sociology topics:


Race Relations

Social Conflict

Social Ethics

Social History

Social Movements

Social Structure

This has thousands of results, so it's best to search for keywords too or use the options on the left side of the results screen to narrow your search.


Subject Headings for Specific Sociologies

There are subject headings used for books that are about the sociology of specific aspects of culture. This is just a short list; there are many more.

Christian Sociology

Educational Sociology

Historical Sociology

Political Sociology

Religion and Sociology

Economics - - Sociological Aspects
This is a common structure used; you can replace Economics with the name of another subject.

To find subject headings for a subject you are studying, first use keyword searching to find some books on your general topic. Then look at their records and see what subject terms they have. You can use the subject links in the catalog records to retrieve all the items with the same subject. However, this linking scheme has some quirks, so if it seems like it is returning far too many (or too few) items, try using the Library Catalog (aka Advanced Search) screen and a Subject or Subject Phrase search with your terms.

Call Numbers

If you want to browse the library stacks, you can use these call numbers to find books on sociology.

HM Sociology (General)

HN Social history and conditions, problems, and reform

HQ The family, marriage, and women

HS Societies

HT Communities, classes, and races

HV Social pathology. Social and Public Welfare. Criminology.

These books can be found on the second floor of the library stacks. Remember that given the interdisciplinary nature of liberal arts studies, you may find useful books with other call numbers too. 

Interlibrary Loan--WorldCat

To find books from thousands of other libraries and request them through interlibrary loan, use WorldCat FirstSearch. You can search for books, journals, audiovisual materials, dissertations, and many other material types. When you find a resource you think would be useful in your research, you can fill out an interlibrary loan form, and Nash Library will request the book from another library. 

Librarian Endorsed Offerings
Nash Library - University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma