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Sociology Resources: Get Started

Recommended academic resources for Valpo's sociology students.

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This Subject Guide offers you quick, guided access to recommended resources for sociology students.  I hope that you will find this guide a useful starting place for your research in Sociology.  I have assembled a core collection of resources available through the Valparaiso University Library System, as well as high quality, freely available web resources.  Click on a tab above to access that particular resource area.  This guide is a collaborative work-in-progress, developed with the suggestions and feedback from students and faculty in the Department of Sociology.

I am available for instruction to all levels of Sociology Courses, and welcome the opportunity to do so! Please contact me if you would like to schedule a session. I am also available by appointment to assist students and faculty with research related to Sociology. You may also contact me to suggest items for purchase.


What is Sociology? from the American Sociological Association

Sociology is:

  • the study of society
  • a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies
  • the study of our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes
  • the scientific study of social aggregations, the entities through which humans move throughout their lives'
  • an overarching unification of all studies of humankind, including history, psychology, and economics

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Rachael Muszkiewicz
Christopher Center 266