Sociology: Journal Articles


A jumping point to research

  • Issues and Controversies An online collection of articles that written by Facts On File’s own expert writers and editors. Each article includes supporting materials and helps researchers understand today’s crucial issues.
  • Opposing Viewpoints (Gale) An online resource covering social issues including more than 14,000 pro/con viewpoint essays, 5 million articles, nearly 6,000 statistical tables, charts and graphs, 70,000 images, and other multimedia.
  • Gale Ebooks Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other specialized reference resources on a wide range of topics. A great place for topic overviews.

Sociology Information Literacy

Selected Databases

in Multiple Resources
in Articles - Peer Reviewed
in Library Catalog
in Databases A-Z
in Journals A-Z
in Research Guides
in CMU Library FAQ

Research literature can be defined as written reports from research studies. There are many types of research literature, with published research articles representing the most common source for research literature. Other sources include dissertations, books, and internet websites.

Published research articles, for some, are considered the most trustworthy type of research literature. When identifying articles, it is most important to consider the origin of the work....Read more

How to Read a Journal Article - Tips and tricks to make reading and understanding social science journal articles easier.

  • Wall Street Journal CMU subscription, ATTENTION: First time users must create an account using the authenticated link provided here. WSJ requires that you use your email address. Once you create the account you may use
  • New York Times CMU subscription. ATTENTION: First time users must create an account using the authenticated link provided here. NYT prefers that you use your email address, if possible.Current users may use this link: Passes expire after 364 days, users will need to go to and type in Central Michigan University and follow the instructions to get another 364 day pass for access. Using your registered e-mail address, you should be able to login.


  • USA Today (Texts only, no graphics, charts)
  • HeinOnline online research product with more than 70 million pages of legal history available in an online, fully-searchable, image-based format.
A preprint is a version of a scientific manuscript posted on a public server prior to formal peer review. The followings are selected collections for interested users.

Research Help

Having roadblocks during your research process? Need help to find appropriate sources to develop your research project? Click the button to make a one-on-one appointment with your librarian Rui Wang, Social Science Librarian / Professor , Email

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