CUNY SPS: Sociology




Welcome CUNY SPS Students!

This LibGuide is for the Online Undergraduate Program in Sociology.

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is a search tool where you can find books, e-books, journal articles, news articles, books and articles on Reserve, and books at other CUNY libraries. OneSearch is a great place to search for books or to begin to explore your research topic.

How to Use OneSearch



Find books, articles, DVDs, CDs, reports.

  • Connect your keywords with AND
  • Always use quotation marks around phrases
  • Go to "Advanced Search" to search by title, author, subject or ISBN
  • Filter your results by date, resource type, subject and more

Sociology Encyclopedias

Starting Your Sociology Research

Sociology employs diverse research  methods and  information formats, including: text, data, visual and audio resources. Look at the Data and Audiovisual Media page for diverse resources available to CUNY SPS sociology students. (Adapted from Wikipedia).

Encyclopedias can be a good way to start your research. Encyclopedia entries can include:

  • a historical context of your topic
  • names of key researchers in the field
  • explanations of theories and key concepts
  • chronologies/timelines
  • lists of articles and books about a topic

TIP: When you are ready to search library databases for articles or books, try using some of the key terms from the encyclopedia entry discussing your topic.

Manage & Organize Your Research

Use this Research Worksheet to keep track of library databases, keywords/search terms, authors, and other sources used during the research process.


Glossaries helpfully compile definitions of key terms, jargon, or acronyms commonly used within a field.

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Subject Guide

Developed by Karen Levine and based on the Sociology LibGuide by Linda Rath