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Sociology: Background Information and Books

Resources for sociology research.

Background Information

Use reference materials like those on this page to gather background information on a topic. This will help you to identify important thinkers, theories, and debates in the field. Pfau Library carries reference materials that are both printed and electronic.

Catalog Search Tips

Think of keywords, or important words describing each aspect of your topic, such as:

"mexican american" ritual

Tip: Put quotation marks around words you want to search as a phrase, such as "mexican american" or "mental health"

The catalog includes both printed books and ebooks. Note the floor location, call number, and status in order to retrieve a printed book.

Catalog Search

Find books, videos, and other items from CSUSB in OneSearch:


Once you find an interesting book, look at its Subjects. If they're on target, click on them to find more books with the same subject, or use them as keywords in your search.

Below are just a few of the many Subjects you might find useful:

Selected Titles