As research sources, books are excellent means for identifying various areas of interest within a larger subject.
In short, books have:
Because they take more time to write than an article, they typically are the most thoroughly edited but not always the most timely. The average book is also 200-300 pages, some having many more, so it may not be the best if you're running behind in your research.
So unless you're coming up on a deadline or need the most recent information on your topic, books will always be an excellent resource for your research needs. The Fresno State Library provides print and digital editions of thousands of books; all you have to do is look!
...as long as you have the time! Browsing is not ideal if you're in a time crunch, but can help inspire students and other researchers who may be unsure where to start. Observing a collection in real-time can be a great way to see what's already been done and where we can go next.
Classifications denote the primary subject. An inherently multidisciplinary field, "Sociology" materials can overlap with other subjects. The following is a list of call number areas for browsing the library stacks as classified by the Library of Congress.
HM - Sociology (General)
HN - Social history and conditions; Social problems; Social reform
HQ - The family; Marriage; Woman; Sexuality
HS - Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.
HT - Communities; Classes; Races
HV - Social pathology; Social and public welfare; Criminology
HX - Socialism; Communism; Anarchism
Z5703 - Subject Bibliography: Criminology
Z161-7166 - Parts dealing with Subject bibliography: Political and Social Sciences
BJ - Ethics
BF - Psychology
GN - Anthropology
GT - Manners and Customs
HB - Demography
JF - Political institutions and public administration
JZ - International relations
P - Communication and linguistics, including sociolinguistics
Most of our general location is located on the Lower Level and organized by call number as seen in the picture on the right.
The Library offers two options for requesting materials from other libraries: