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

Use the library catalog to look for additional materials. The Chemeketa catalog page includes instructions on using the catalog and on requesting materials through the catalog. There are also links to other library catalogs. You can search by key words, by authors, or by subject headings. A suggestion on where to find subject headings to use in the catalog is given below.

The Library of Congress has a Web site where you can search for subject headings. When you put in a search term, the results will list terms in a table. Those with a red button marked, "Authorized and references" are terms that the Library of Congress uses in subject catalogs. Clicking the button may show more specific ("narrower") terms.

picture of catalog screen

Fig. 1. The catalog search

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

If you live in the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) district, you may also access the catalog online at your local public library. In addition to the books in the Chemeketa College Library, the catalog also contains the collections of the 17 public libraries located in the regional library district, and can pass your search through to Summit (see below).


Chemeketa students registered for credit may use Summit, the Orbis Cascade Alliance catalog, to request items from 36 member libraries in Oregon and Washington. Summit uses a search called WorldCat. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit. Chemeketa users may request items using their student number and have them sent to Chemeketa, or they may set up a Visiting Patron account at another Alliance library.

Electronic books are available through to Chemeketa students through the library catalog, 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