Research Starters - Sociology

This valuable database provides sociology students with a solid foundation for their research and assignments. Comprehensive topic summaries help students to grasp the broad outlines of a subject, understand real world applications, critically engage with the topics and locate sources for advanced scholarly research.

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Subjects Include

  • Aging and elderly issues
  • Culture
  • Day-to-day social interaction
  • Deviance and social control
  • Educational sociology
  • Family and relationships
  • Global stratification
  • History of sociology
  • Population
  • Urbanization and the environment
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Research methods
  • Sex, gender and sexuality
  • Social change
  • Social interaction in groups and organizations
  • Social issues and public policy
  • Social movements and collective behavior
  • Socialization, societies, society and technology
  • Sociological theory
  • Sociology and related fields
  • Sociology of health and medicine
  • Sociology of politics and government
  • Sociology of religion
  • Stratification and class in the U.S.
  • Work and the economy

Relevant Sociology Information

In addition to an abstract and a list of keywords pertinent to the article, records in Research Starters - Sociology explain various topics' relevance to sociology. Further record details include insights and applications to outline how the points discussed in the overview can be applied to everyday or academic issues in sociology, as well as viewpoints that enable students to develop a critical perspective on the topic. Records also include a glossary of terms and concepts, a bibliography and a suggested reading list.  

Expertly Chosen Topics

Topics were chosen through careful analysis of the course offerings of leading colleges and universities including Boston University, Dalhousie University, Harvard University, New York University, McGill University, McMaster University, SUNY Albany, Syracuse University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and many more. To address emerging subject areas and current trends, articles are reviewed annually and 20 additional topics are added each year. 

Subject matter experts holding advanced degrees in sociology were consulted to ensure that the articles encompassed current trends and popular topics.