Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Sociology: Research Resources

Your guide to resources in the field

Suggested Sociology Journals

American Journal of Sociology

American Sociological Review

Annual Review of Sociology


Current Sociology (request articles through interlibrary loan)

Gender & Society

Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (request articles through interlibrary loan)

Journal of Marriage and Family

Qualitative Sociology Review

Rural Sociology

Social Problems

Social Psychology Quarterly

Sociological Forum

Sociological Inquiry

Sociological Quarterly

Symbolic Interaction (request articles through interlibrary loan)




   More Information


What's This?

The library's discovery tool gives you the chance to search books and online resources at the same time. You can immediately limit your search results by selecting "Full Text" or "Peer Reviewed." Or, by selecting "Catalog Only," you are limiting your search to only those materials owned by the library.


See also Miller Library's Special Topics subject guide, DATA! Visualizing & More

What's an empirical article?

Empirical research articles are research based articles reporting observed and measured phenomena. It's research that derives knowledge from actual experience rather than from theory or belief. Articles reporting on empirical research can be quite long, and almost always contain the following sections:

  • An introduction and literature review of related research (and a list of references at the end of the article)
  • A statement of the research question(s) and method used to gather the data
  • Analysis of the results of the data gathered (this may be quantitative or qualitative)
  • A discussion or conclusion
  • A substantial list of the references consulted throughout the article

Ask a Librarian

What are peer-reviewed sources?

You will be frequently asked to use peer-reviewed, scholarly/academic articles for your research and paper writing at Washington College.

Peer review means that a board of scholarly reviewers in the subject area of the journal assesses materials they publish. They are looking for quality in the research and adherence to journal standards before articles are accepted for publication.

If you use materials from peer-reviewed publications they have been vetted by scholars in your field for quality and importance.