Your subject page provides links to key subject resources available in the library and online, accessible both on and off campus, guides about using information for your studies and links to additional resources. 

Subject Resources

Reading Lists

The simplest and quickest way to find good quality academic reading relevant to your lectures and assignments is to search for the online reading list using your module code. This will link you directly to eBooks and articles in eJournals as well as trustworthy websites.  These lists can also be accessed via SurreyLearn.


Subject databases are online searchable collections providing access to a range of information including journal articles, newspapers and trade papers. Some databases will link to the full text of articles, others will only provide the reference. 

Please see the above Databases link to find a comprehensive list of our Sociology databases.

Key databases for Sociology are:

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts:  covers health, social services, sociology, psychology, economics, politics, race relations and education.

Criminal Justice Abstracts: a comprehensive coverage of international journals, books, reports, dissertations and unpublished papers on criminology and related disciplines.

IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences: The essential online resource for social science and interdisciplinary research. Broad coverage of international journals and books, incorporating over 100 languages and countries.

Sociological Abstracts: This database covers sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioural sciences.

Web of Science (Science Citation Index) : provides access to journal articles in social sciences and humanities. 

Please contact your Information Skills Librarian for advice about searching databases.


Useful web links


Allyn & Bacon Sociology links
Links are divided into a number of sociological headings including culture, deviance, family and race inequality.

Award winning portal to Internet based resources in media and communication. Gives priority to issues of interest to the media in the UK.

Moving Image Gateway
Collection of websites that relate to moving images and sounds.

Wide variety of sociological resources

General Resources

This portal provides free online access to 1971-2001 census data resources, detailed metadata and census guides, and provides access to other census related data.

European Data Archives

National Statistics
The official UK statistics site contains the latest comprehensive range of official UK statistics and information about statistics as well as providing free access to a selection of recently released publications in downloadable pdf format

Variable and Question Bank
Search and browse variable and questions from survey datasets.


American Sociological Association

British Sociological Association

Economic and Social Research Council
Information about ESRC research projects and full-text research reports.

Institute for Social and Economic Research
Links to current research and full text of publications


Reference management software

Many students and researchers find it useful to organise their bibliographic material using a reference management system. We recommend using RefWorks.


How to set up your RefWorks account

RefWorks help, tutorials and webinars

Where we are

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