Sociology: Find Articles

This guide provides resources for your sociological research

Scholarly Articles

To find scholarly articles or studies, you will need to use a database (not CLIO). On this page, you will find a lot of options to start your research, but these are not all of the databases that you have access to as a Columbia University student! Explore the other research guides to find other databases for different disciplines, or make an appointment with a librarian. 

We recommend you start with ​​EBSCO, because SocIndex is indexed in EBSCO. 

All of these interdisciplinary databases are good for sociology research also: 

  • JSTOR: Provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.
  • Project MUSE: Current collection of journals in the humanities and history, maintained by Johns Hopkins University Press. Full-text searching available. It also provides access to individual titles within the collection, such as Africa TodayAmerican ImagoContemporary PacificEthnohistory, and Public Culture, as well as to other interdisciplinary journals which may also prove useful to anthropological research.
  • ProQuest: This resource includes citations and full-text articles in academic & professional disciplines, e.g., business, economics, gender studies, health, literature, management, political science; as well as news and general interest items. 
  • Scopus: Provides indexing, abstracting of, and citation linking to journals in biology, physics, chemistry, geosciences, agriculture, medicine, business, social work, and the social sciences.

Gender Databases

  • Contemporary women's issues: Provides information about women in over 190 countries.
  • Gender Studies Database: Women's studies, gender studies, feminist theory and criticism. Coverage 1972 to the present
  • LGBT lifeProvides indexing and abstracts of worldwide literature on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
  • Women's studies internationalProvides citations and some abstracts to the core areas of Women's studies. Covers journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, NGO studies, websites and grey literature. annually.

Other Helpful Databases

  • FRANCIS: A multilingual and multidisciplinary bibliographic database with international scope, covering Humanities and Social sciences. Coverage 1984 to the present.
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences: Core social sciences and related materials from over 100 countries in more than 90 languages. Coverage 1951 to the present.

Sociology Databases

  • Annual Review of Sociology: Provides full text of the articles in these volumes from 1975 to present.
  • ATLA Religion Database: Provides journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. Coverage begins in 1949
  • Index to Current Urban Documents: Region I, New England: Citations & full-text for municipal publications from New England.
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences: Core social sciences and related materials from over 100 countries in more than 90 languages. Coverage 1951 to the present.
  • PAIS: Includes references to more than 460,000 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical sources, grey literature, research reports, conference proceedings, and publications of international agencies. Coverage 1915 to the present.
  • Population Index on the Web: Citations for publications on demography and related research fields.
  • Sage Research: Coverage includes more than 555 SAGE journals, more than 175,000 articles, book reviews, and editorials, with original graphics and tables in the following disciplines: Communication Studies, Criminology, Education, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
  • Science Direct: Web database for scientific research that contains abstracts, tables of contents, and full text of articles in the sciences, technology, medicine and social sciences.
  • SocINDEX with full text: Offers comprehensive coverage of sociology and its related disciplines, including ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, social psychology, and, social work.​This lives in EBSCO. 
  • Social Sciences Citation Index: U.S. and international cited references, bibliographic information, some author abstracts, links to full-text. Coverage 1965 to the present.
  • Social Sciences Full Text: Covers concepts, trends, opinions, theories, and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences. Indexing of periodicals provided from 1983-current, full text coverage starting 1995.
  • Sociological Abstracts: Provides access from 1963 to the present to journal articles, book reviews, books, book chapters in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

Historical Databases