Sociology of the Family

Villa Maria College Library

The journal articles you need for your assignments can be found in our online databases.

The complete list of databases available can be found on our website.

Articles not available in full text can be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Contact the library for help with ILL.

Off-campus access to most online databases requires a username and password. Drop by the library to get this information.

Search for Books, eBooks, Print Journals and DVDs

The library's online catalog, Alexandria, can be used to find both books and ebooks.

Books in the standard collection may be borrowed for three weeks. Books placed on reserve by your professor will have a shorter loan period. Books not available from the library can be borrowed through AcademicSHARE or Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Contact the library for help. To find items held by Villa and other libraries, try WorldCat.

Don't forget your Villa Maria College ID card to check out books!


Search for ebooks directly:

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

Online Encyclopedias

With quick, factual questions or to get a basic overview of a topic, try an encyclopedia:

Britannica Online

Additional Resources

Government Resources on and for Families

Check out the following websites for information directly from the US Government.

You can always narrow your Google searches to government sites by using:

The US Census Bureau

Track down recent statistics and data regarding families in the US

Administration for Children & Families

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics

US Department of Health & Human Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Family Health

US Department of Education

A resource to find information regarding families and education including family engagement in education, the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO), youth/family outreach and more.

Gender Resources

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Resources for Families of Gender-Variant and Transgender Children

Research Guide from Bank Street College of Education


A news aggregate for articles on women with an international scope

Jewish Women's Archive

Lesbian Herstory Archives

National Center for Transgender Equality

NWU Library: Gender and Sexuality Studies: Recommended Sites

A collection of vetted sites on the topics of Gender and Sexuality Studies

Wikigender (Don't worry! It's not Wikipedia!)

Women's International Center

Evaluation Tips for Online Resources

If you choose to use resources from the open web (e.g. websites you find in a Google search), keep the CRAAP test from the CSU, Chico Meriam Library in mind:


  • When? Publication date, post date, updates


  • Related to your topic, Intended audience


  • Who created it? Are they qualified to write on the topic?


  • Where does the information come from? Evidence? Reviewed? Unbiased?


  • What is the purpose of the resource? Inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade? Is it fact, opinion or propaganda?

Evaluating information is an essential step in quality research.