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Sociology: Overview

Getting Started with Sociology Research

Sociology is a science dedicated to understanding the social universe, from the micro-dynamics of human emotions to the larger processes involved in the creation of social institutions, corporate organizations, and global social structures.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LC Subject Headings) 

Classifications agreed upon by all US Libraries and can be a helpful tool when you are searching for information. However, LC Subject Headings regarding sexual orientation and gender identity often do not reflect up to date or fully accurate terminology.  

Older materials especially will have the LC Subject Heading Sociology, Clinical

Instead of Sociology, Clinical, the LC Subject Heading is Clinical Sociology.

General sociology books can be browsed in the HM section of the library shelves. There are many subject headings related to sociology in the library's catalog, click on the links below to search some of these.

  • Art and society
  • Clinical sociology
  • Crime -- Sociological aspects
  • Economics -- Sociological aspects
  • Educational Sociology
  • Emotions -- Sociological aspects
  • Equality
  • Historical sociology
  • Human settlements
  • Industrial sociology
  • Information society
  • Political sociology
  • Race relations
  • Religion and sociology
  • Social Conflict
  • Social Changes
  • Social Classe
  • Social Ethics
  • Sociology
  • Sociology -- Field work
  • Sociology -- History
  • Sociology -- Methodology
  • Sociology -- Military
  • Sociology -- Philosophy
  • Sociology -- Research
  • Sociology -- Rural
  • Sociology -- Study and teaching
  • Sociology -- Urban
  • Socialization
  • Technology -- Sociological aspects
  • War and society

Library Of Congress Classification

The Library of Congress Classification (LCC) is a classification system that was first developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to organize and arrange the book collections [as well other resources] of the Library of Congress. Over the course of the twentieth century, the system was adopted for use by other libraries as well, especially large academic libraries in the United States. It is currently one of the most widely used library classification systems in the world.


  • History of sociology. History of sociological theory
  • HM461-473
    • Schools of sociology. Schools of social thought
  • HM481-554
    • Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects
  • HM621-656
    • Culture
  • HM661-696
    • Social control
  • HM701            Social systems
  • HM706            Social structure
  • HM711-806      Groups and organizations
  • HM756-781           Community
  • HM786-806           Organizational sociology. Organization theory
  • HM811-821      Deviant behavior. Social deviance
  • HM826            Social institutions
  • HM831-901      Social change
  • HM1001-1281   Social psychology
  • HM1041-1101        Social perception. Social cognition
  •                                 Including perception of the self and others, prejudices, stereotype
  • HM1106-1171        Interpersonal relations. Social behavior
  • HM1176-1281        Social influence. Social pressure