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Using subject databases


Subject databases are specialist online resources that you can use to:

  • find literature in journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, PhD theses
  • access documents, data, images, film and broadcast material in digital archives
  • search online newspaper content and reference works

There are many databases covering different research topics and disciplines.  Below are some which are particularly useful for sociology students.

The full list of resources for sociology is available on the recommended databases page.

Additional resources

A selection of free, open-access resources relevant to sociology:


Gender & Sexuality
Social protest movements
Migration and Slavery
Research associations
Data sources

Below is a list of freely available data sources relevant to sociology. The library also subscribes to paid-for data sources, such as the UK Data Service, Mass Observation, OECDiLibrary and Statistica, available in the sociology A-Z databases list. For a list of qualitative, or quantitative data sources, or if you need help with finding data, please see Finding Research Data.

News sources

Location-specific resources

Quick links


A complete list of databases recommended for students of sociology.

Help with databases

For guidance on using databases you can book onto one of our library training workshops or contact your Subject Librarian for 1:1 help.

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