Doing Research in Sociology in the Princeton University
Biography and Scholarship
|The life course has emerged over the past 30 years as a major research paradigm. Distinctive themes include the relation between human lives and a changing society, the timing of lives, linked or interdependent lives, and human agency... Also, the field has seen an expanding interest in how social change alters people's lives, an enduring perspective of sociological social psychology.…
"Time, Human Agency, and Social Change: Perspectives
on the Life Course". Glen H. Elder, Jr. Social Psychology Quarterly,
Vol. 57, No. 1. (Mar., 1994), p. 1. Online on JSTOR Viewed March 2012
The lives of scholars in particular have a great multiplier effect.
Through their own work in research, writing, speaking, and teaching, they
shape their disciplines and help others to participate in the scholarship
of their worlds. In order to gather information about a particular
scholar, there are three categories of especially useful tools. These
describe the scholar in terms of the following elements.
Please note that sources are hot-linked below for
convenience. However, they and many others can also be accessed through the home
page of Princeton University Library.
Those which are subscription based are restriced to members of the Princeton
University community, who can access these resources from off campus by
using VPN or the Lbrary Proxy Server.
Details are available on the library home page under Connecting From Off Campus.
Life: Biographical, giving details about the person's life.
Writing: Bibliographical, showing lists of books, journal articles,
and other materials which that person has written.
Effect: Citations and holdings, showing who has used that
person's work in further scholarly writing, and how many and which libraries
hold the person's books.
and Genealogy Master Index, subscription database
Biography Reference Bank, subscription database
Literature Resource Cneter, formerly Contemporary Authors - subscription database
Who's Who, subscription database
American Men and Women of Science: A Biographical Directory, licensed resource
Home page of academic department where scholar teaches.
For example, the departments of Sociology of Princeton
University, University of Pennsylvania, Berkeley,
and so on. Often will have a link to a highly detailed Curriculum Vitae
or personal web page which the scholar has prepared.
Home page of publishers for scholar's books, see listing on Publishers Catalog site
For example, Princeton University
Press, University of California Press,
and so on
Books, articles, and other writings of a scholar are often listed within
the sources listed under "Life" above. In addition, the following
are key databases which can also be searched to identify a scholar's work.:
Main Catalog of Princeton
University Library For books
WorldCat, union catalog of many libraries. For books.
Sociological Abstracts. Index to sociology journal articles and papers presented at conferences.
Social Sciences Citation Index. Part of Web of Science Database. Broad index includes sociological
articles and books within many other fields; search by author and follow
examples on the search screen EXACTLY.
Sciences Citaton Index Search by CITED author.
WorldCat. Notice the number of libraries holding a particular book.
Encyclopedia of Sociology, Macmillan - 2000, 2d Ed. [Electroic format.] Also in paper format at: (SSA) HM425.E5
World of Sociology (SSA) HM585.W67 2001
Last updated 14 March 2012
in the Princeton University Library.