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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sociology Research

A guide to research in Sociology

Starting with Background Research

Finding background research on your topic of study can feel overwhelming at first. This page is to help you find sources that can kick start your research project. Background research sources include different reference materials such as books on sociological theory, research methodology, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other sources that provide basic subject knowledge. Below is a list of resources divided into categories by subject that can be used as references for your research project. 

Background Research Resources by Topic Area