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Sociology - Recommended Sources

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This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 2007 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. Look out for all the useful documentaries.

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A high quality alternative to Wikipedia – also containing dictionaries - which even shows you how to reference items found. Try out the 'mind map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work.

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The official UK body with the mandate to challenge discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment, and protect and promote human rights. 

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Surveys of American public opinion. There is also a section which covers countries across the world.

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The first place to look for authoritative UK government information. The Inside Government section has links to all major departments such as the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, plus No. 10 and the Cabinet Office.

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Search or browse Command Papers, Bills, Committee reports etc. Hansard is available from 1803. (See UK Parliament link if you need more recent papers.)

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Created by UK experts to help UK university students use the best online resources for their assignments.

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Created by UK experts to help UK university students use the best online resources for their assignments.

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UK public opinion data.

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A key UK organisation which seeks to address problems caused by poverty, poor housing/homelessness and an ageing society, plus a broad range of other social issues. The Publications section of the site contains a wide range of useful reports

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A key source about daily life in the 20th century. You can look at topic collections (1938-65) on juvenile delinquency, holidays, leisure, industry etc., or view diary entries (1939-51) and day surveys. File reports (1937-1972) cover subjects such as propaganda, morale, popular culture, shopping, sex, fashion and much more.

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Access the daily record of debates in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords right up to the present (the Weekly Information Bulletin, business papers, Committee publications and Register of Members’ Interests are also available). Includes Hansard.

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Public opinion from over 350,000 volunteers from across the UK.

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The best place to find a wide range of statistics from across all EU countries.

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The World Bank’s one-stop shop for gender information, providing data from a variety of sources.

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Data about UK households collected by the UK Government.

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This gives a wide range of statistics on population, education, (un)employment, agriculture, industry, motor vehicles, railways, TV and radio etc. 

Data can be viewed as PDF (downloadable) or Excel format which can then be exported. When you use the search box beware - it is not just searching this source but the whole of Palgrave's e-books (which we have bought via Ebook Central where applicable). You can narrow down to this resource by using Advanced Search and selecting International Historical Statistics in the Book Collection box. Click the Reference Products button if you want to get back to the stats home page quickly.

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Find statistics for local areas in the UK on a wide range of subjects, including population, crime, health and housing.

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A useful place for locating official statistics from regional organisations as well as individual countries.

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If you need statistics about the USA, this is the place to look.

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Official statistics from the UK Government.

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A wide range of statistics for countries across the world published by the United Nations.

Most Sociology books are on the Ground Floor in the University Library but numbers in the 360s are on the First Floor. Useful classmarks include:

ageing
consumption/consumer culture
Crime (causes)
culture & institutions
ethics
family
gender
media (mass communications)
race
risk
social change
social theory
youth culture

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