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A research guide to introduce you to the field of Sociology. You'll find the materials, search tools, and other resources you need to start your research. If you need any assistance, please contact your librarian.

Your Librarian

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Kelly O'Brien Jenks
Foley Center Library
AD Box 95
502 E. Boone Ave
Spokane, WA 99258
(509) 313-3829

Library Search

You can find books and other physical items by using Library Search. Once you search for your title or topic, select Availability: Available in the Library to narrow your results to physical items. To further narrow your results, select Resource Type: Books.

Sociology Call Numbers

Below are the major sections of Library of Congress call numbers for Sociology. You can go to these letters on the library shelves and you will find the books about each subject area. To locate call numbers in Foley Center Library, see our guide for Call Number Locations.


Call Number Topic
HM Sociology (General)
HN Social History and Conditions, Social Problems, Social Reform
HQ Family, Marriage, Women
HS Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.
HT Communities, Classes, Races
HV Social Pathology, Social and Public Welfare, Criminology
HX Socialism, Communism, Anarchism

For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online: H subclasses

Resources Beyond Foley

If you can't find a book or a book chapter you need at Foley Library, check WorldCat which contains books in libraries worldwide.  You can order books or book chapters via InterLibrary Loan easily after setting up an ILL account with Foley library.  The world is your library!

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