Sociology of the Life Course

Spring 2011

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-22; Elizabeth H. Souza (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Michael Kasper.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Data
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Academic OneFile (1980 to present)
Full-text articles from all disciplines.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

PsycInfo (1887 to present)
Covers the academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including psychiatry, sociology, education, and other areas.

Sociological Abstracts (1952 to present)
Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines.

Women's Studies International (1972 to present)
Interdisciplinary, covers the latest scholarship in feminist research.

Annual Reviews of Sociology
Search literature reviews in sociology back to the 1970's. Consult most recent essays for recommendations of scholarly articles and books. For example, you will find essays like The Science of Asking Questions from the 2003 volume.


Encyclopedia of Social Measurement
Covers all core social science disciplines and presents a comprehensive summary of observational frameworks and mathematical models.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Scholarly surveys of all aspects of social sciences.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences
Covers scholarship and fields in the social sciences.


Print-format resources

Encyclopedia of American Social History  Reference HN57 .E58 1993:
Articles about all aspects of social life in the United States, with suggested further readings.

The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research 3rd ed. Reference H 62 H2455 2005:
Survey essays on all aspects of -- and major issues in -- qualitative research. Substantial bibliographies included.

American Decades, 1900-1999 10 volumes Reference E 169.12 A419 :
Each volume covers 1 decade, with brief information about world events, politics, technology, social trends, and more. Good for quick background on stages in life stories.

Handbook of Pscyhology Science Library Ref BF 121 H1955 2003 :
Twelve volumes with extensive essays about all aspects of pyschology, including topics where psychology and sociology intersect.


Historical Statistics of the United States
Standard source for quantitative information about the U.S., updated and includes 37,000 data series.

Census Bureau -- the main supplier of demographic data about people in the U.S.

Citing Sources

Don't forget to cite all sources -- in print and online -- in your research papers.  Quick Style Guide from the American Sociological Association shows you how to create notes and bibliographies in a form used by sociologists.