Resources for the Study of the Family (SOC210)

Reference Materials

Reference books are a good place to start research. They can help you find background information, choose topics, and understand concepts and terminology. To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.


These dictionaries define specialized terms, identify important figures and concepts, and explain symbols. Dictionaries of the social sciences in general are available on Social Sciences Resources Page


Specialized subject encyclopedias are an excellent place to start a research project. Specialized encyclopedias, which cover a single subject area, have longer and more detailed treatments of subjects than either dictionaries or general encyclopedias. Encyclopedias of the social sciences in general are available on Social Sciences Resources Page

Finding Other Books and Audiovisual Materials

Finding other books and and audiovisual materials 

Use the Library Search to find books. Limit your search to books by selecting the Books resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa books will show as Available, with a green disc indicator, followed by the location and call number.

You may have to do several searches to find books that might be pertinent to your subject.

Books not owned by Chemeketa may be requested through Summit or via interlibrary loan.


Chemeketa students registered for credit may request Summit books from other Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries. The Orbis Cascade Alliance is made up of 37 member libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit.

Electronic books are available through to Chemeketa students through the library search, or by going to our database pages. To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password.

Databases & Indexes

All the electronic databases listed in this section may be accessed by going to the library's Database Page. If you are accessing the databases from a computer not on the Chemeketa Community College network, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password.

Library Journal Article Databases

Academic OneFile [Gale]
The best place to start. Has sociology and social science journals, many in full text.
LexisNexis Academic
An excellent source for news and statistics.

Internet Sources

Intute Social Sciences Resources (sociology of the family section)
Searchable gateway of family-related sociology resources on the Internet
Sloan Work and Family Literature Database
The Work and Family Commons "…is the open access subject matter repository of the Work and Family Researchers Network created to gather and preserve the intellectual output of the work and family research community and to offer immediate, permanent and free online access to the full text of research articles for anyone, worldwide."
Online Resources for statistics
FedStats collects U.S. government statistics in one searchable portal.

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Updated: 13 August 2013