SOC102 Contemporary Social Problems

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.

Key Resource

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Full text viewpoint articles, journal/magazine/news articles, statistics, image/video/audio files and primary source materials related to various current controversial topics.

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

Polls and Surveys

United States Census Bureau

Official data from the most recent and past surveys, including the American Community survey data, economic statistics and geographic/map products. Also check out the American FactFinder and Quick Factsfor summary profiles.

United Nations Statistics Division: Social Indicators

Global statistics on social indicators concerning population, health, housing, education and work.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

One of the leading archives of social science data, specializing in public opinion surveys. Check out the Topics at a Glance section.

Population Reference Bureau

Find global population handbooks, serials and reference publications alongside data banalysis tools for understanding and communicating population and health trends.

Harris Poll Interactive

The Vault includes past and current polls with analysis and commentary.

Web Resources

American Sociological Association

Check out this professional organization's website for current research, journals, publications and other news.

Remember that when looking for websites, blogs and other open-web resources, that you must pay special attention to evaluating that resource. Remember the CRAAP test we talked about in class.