This webpage aims to connect you to resources to assist you in your research.
Valdosta State University's Odum Library Homepage
- Anywhere Access
- Log in to Anywhere Access to use library resources while off-campus.
- Live Chat
- The Live Chat page shows ways to contact a Reference Librarian. Contact methods include online chat, text message, email, phone, or visiting us in person during normal reference desk hours.
- Schedule a research consultation with a librarian for in-depth help
- With this online form, you may request an appointment with a reference librarian for assistance with your research. We request 48 hours' notice to allow time for scheduling.
- Locate books in the Odum Library
- Search for Library of Congress Subject Headings
- ILL (Inter-Library Loan)
- Odum Library subject guide for Education
Print Reference Materials
You will find print reference sources in both the main reference collection and the "reference alcove." Please ask the Reference Librarian on duty at the reference desk for assistance in finding materials.
An example of a print reference resource
Online Reference Sources
An example of an online reference resource
Finding Databases to search for Scholarly Articles
- Go to the library home page.
- Click on the Articles tab, if it is not already selected.
- Click the arrow for the drop menu located under Articles & Databases by Subject to reach subject pages for VSU majors.
- Use Ulrich's to determine if a journal is refereed (peer reviewed). Look for the referee's shirt!
- If you have a citation, use the black "journals" tab at the Odum Library homepage to search for that title.
Recommended Databases for Sociology
- Specific Sociological Databases
- SocINDEX with Full Text
- SocINDEX is an EBSCO database that provides access to a multitude of full-text sociology articles.
- Social Services Abstracts
- Sociological Abstracts
- For both Sociological and Social Services Abstracts, be sure to check the citation for a "Full Text Linking" link before clicking on the "Find It" button. The "Find It" button does not recognize links outside of the database to full text.
- Sociological Collection
- Sociological Collection is a ProQuest sociology database with full-text articles.
- Social Science Research Network
- SSRN is an open-access database that provides abstracts for Social Sciences eJournals that cover over 400 different Social Sciences subject areas.
Dissertations & Theses
Publications of the federal government can be excellent primary sources. The following search engines may be useful:
- USA.gov Search engine for U.S. and state government web sites. Go to "Find Government Agencies" to locate the U.S. Dept. of Education
Census Data: American Factfinder
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