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Sociology: Getting Started

If you need a place to start your sociology research, this guide is for you!

Need a topic?

Before you dive in and start researching your topic, you need a topic to research.  There are sites out there on the web that can be great for helping with this!  If you have a suggestion for another site, leave a comment on this box.

ASAnews (Twitter)

Twitter updates from the American Sociological Society:

Where to start

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FLITE has a number of choices for those times when Wikipedia just won't cut it as you learn more about your topic.

You can look in CREDO Reference, which covers a little bit of everything (including sociology).

Or, you can check FLITE's catalog for sociology-related encyclopedias.  Some are in print, but others are online!

Some useful websites

American Sociological Society
The website of the American Sociological Association features information about jobs, grants, conferences, and more. It also provides links to data sources:

Kids Count in Michigan
Wonderful source of statistics relating to children in Michigan, broken down by county and sometimes city.

Aging Statistics
The Administration on Aging has lots of interesting statistics on its site.

Poverty Guidelines, Research, and Measurement
If you're interested in poverty, check out some of the links on this age from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

American Time Use Survey
How many hours a day do Americans perform various tasks?  The Bureau of Labor Statistics can tell you!

United Nations Development Programme Research and Publications
The UNDP is one of many United Nations organizations that has helpful resources freely available online.  According to its website, "UNDP works in four main areas: poverty reduction and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); democratic governance; crisis prevention and recovery; environment and sustainable development."

...And of course there's a great deal more out there!

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