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Sociology Guide: Websites

This guide is designed to help students do research within the fields of sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice.

Using Websites

Websites are great sources of information - some of it good, some of it bad. The websites listed on the subpages of this guide should give you good information but always beware of information obtained on the open web.

Why Evaluate?

Ever feel like you're drowning in information? In our information-rich age, we have a wealth of information available to us from a variety of sources.

We need research skills such as information evaluation to help us use information effectively. Critically evaluating information allows us to select the most useful sources--ones that are relevant and credible.

Identifying and using quality information sources will allow you to better understand your topic and will add credibility to your analyses and conclusions.

Using Evaluation Criteria

Consult Using Evaluation Criteria for a method that allows you to look critically at all types of sources.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources include books, assignments, labs, illustrations, lesson plans, and many other materials designed to help you teach your class. OER are available for free and can often be modified to fit a particular use.


General Sociology Websites

The websites below are good for general information on Sociology including Sociological Theory, Social Problems, Research Methods, etc. 

Sociological Theory

These are a few of the websites on sociological theory. Although they have been reviewed by a librarian, you still need to evaluate the information you get from them.

Sociological Research Methods


Sociological Images is designed to encourage all kinds of people to exercise and develop their sociological imagination by presenting brief sociological discussions of compelling and timely imagery that spans the breadth of sociological inquiry.

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Anthropology Web Sites

Here are a few websites on anthropology. Although they have been reviewed by a librarian, you still need to evaluate the information you get from them.

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