Sociology Research Guide

Finding Books (and Journal Titles) Using the Online Catalog

Use the NCSU Libraries catalog to locate books in our collection. You may also use it to check for holdings at UNC-CH, Duke, and NC Central. The book catalog is available from any computer on the Internet.

You can search for books by author, title, subject, keyword, and by a variety of alpha-numeric control numbers.

Standardized subject headings are used for subject searches. For example, these are some some sample subject headings for subjects relating to sociology:

Clinical sociology Mass society
Communication Political sociology
Crime -- Sociological aspects Population
Educational sociology Power (Social sciences)
Ethnic relations Social systems
Exchange theory (Sociology) Sociology
Forensic sociology Sociology, Rural
Industrial sociology Sociology of disability
Knowledge, Sociology of War and society

If you know the title of a relevant book, you can also search this title in the online catalog, look at what subject headings were used to index it, and then search those subject headings for further books on the topic.

A second way to discover what subject terms have been chosen for use in the library's catalog is to do a keyword search, display the results, and examine the subject heading lines that appear in each record's display. Note any subject terms that interest you, and use them to perform a subject search.

Records for the journals the library holds are contained in the library's catalog. The catalog also shows which years are available in the building in hard-copy. A periodical title's catalog record provides a link to an electronic copy of the title, if we have access to it in that format.

The library's catalog does not contain references to the articles within periodicals. It only records the titles of periodicals. You must use databases, like those noted above, to search the contents of journals. In some cases, you can find full-text of a periodical's contents using these databases. But that is not always possible. When full-text electronic access is not available, search the library's catalog under the name of the journal you want, obtain its call number, and then get the volume from the bookstack.

While this is a large library, it does not have all the books and journals you may want to use in your studies. The Interlibrary and Document Delivery Services (IL/DDS) Office facilitates access to materials not available in the NCSU Libraries. Requests for material in other Triangle libraries can usually be filled in three to four days; items that must be obtained from a greater distance may take several weeks to arrive.