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Sociology: Welcome

A Guide to library resources and information for Sociology staff and students


Welcome to the Sociology Library Guide for students and staff at Newcastle University.

Contact the Library Liaison Team if you need any help and advice, we love to hear from you:

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New resources on trial!

We've got the following new e-resources on trial. Please take a look and send us your feedback, thanks!

African American Communities

Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina, this resource presents multiple aspects of the African American community, through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports and in-depth oral histories. It reveals the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity.

Medical Services and Warfare

Explore multiple perspectives on the history of injury, treatment and disease on the front line. Chart scientific advances through hospital records, medical reports and first-hand accounts, and discover the evidence of how war shaped medical practice across the centuries.

Race Relations in America

Based at Fisk University from 1943-1970, the Race Relations Department and its Annual Institute were set up by the American Missionary Association, to investigate problem areas in race relations, and develop methods for educating communities and preventing conflict. Documenting three pivotal decades in the fight for civil rights, this resource showcases the speeches, reports, surveys and analyses produced by the Department’s staff and Institute participants, including Charles S. Johnson, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thurgood Marshall.

The trials end November 29th 2017. Please explore and send us your feedback!

Library News


New resources for 2017/18

Great news! We've invested in a brilliant range of online resources for the new academic year. Following resource trials and consultation with students and staff, we've added digitised archives, ebooks, and journals.

Whatever your subject area, you're sure to find something useful. Just explore the tabs on this box for full details!

We've bought eleven new ebook collections from Bloomsbury, comprising over 400 academic titles across a wide range of subjects. We've bought the following collections:

Education 2016 and 2017

Family and Social Law

Film and Media Studies 2016

Labour and Discrimination Law

Legal Philosophy

Medical Law and Ethics

Linguistics 2016 and 2017

Philosophy 2016 and 2017

All the books are individually catalogued on Library Search, or you can browse the titles in each collection. You can browse the legal collections here.


ASK drop-in sessions throughout November

This November, the ASK Drop In is back all month long to help with those burning assignment-related questions:

  • Every Monday from 1:30pm to 3:00pm at the Philip Robinson Library foyer
  • Every Thursday from 11:00am - 12:30pm at the Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms cafe

If you're lost when it comes to searching, worried about your writing or riled by referencing, there'll be staff on hand to help from the Library Liaison Team, Writing Development Centre, and the Specific Learning Difficulties teams.

No need to book, just drop in with your questions.

Don't forget about the wide range of information and advice available online at

Book a one-to-one library appointment

Need more in-depth guidance with your dissertation, thesis or project literature search? Why not book a one-to-one appointment with our helpful and knowledgeable Library liaison team?

As you'll see from the feedback above, many other students have found these appointments really helpful. Whether you're starting out and don't know where to begin, or further forward with your research, but worried you've missed something...or somewhere in the middle.....we're here to help!

In your consultancy, we'll discuss your information needs in more detail, and suggest useful resources for you within and beyond the Library. We'll explain how to get the best out of them, and give you a personalised search plan to help you get organised.

We can help you in person or online, and we'll do our best to meet you on a day and time which suits you.

Book your appointment now for tailor-made advice. 

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