Tutorials and Help Pages

Searching the Library Catalogue for Books

When you want to find books in the Trent Library, search the Library Catalogue. There's an online tutorial available to tell you about the Library Catalogue.

Use a keyword search to find items on a topic.

  • For example, to find books on "the sociological effects of technololgy" you might search for sociolog$ and technology.
  • Or, you might choose a more specific topic, like cell phone$.
  • To improve your results, use an Advanced Search and truncate your terms.

Terminology Notes:

The Library Catalogue uses LCSH (subject headings) in most records, to help us identify items of interest. These can be general or specific, depending on your topic.

  • Sociological aspects is a term used with almost any topic. Eg:
    • Hockey--Canada--Sociological aspects.
  • Sociology of is often used as the beginning of a term. Eg.:
    • Sociology of disability.
  • Sociology is a general term applied to books. Eg.:
    • Sociology--History
    • Sociology--Research Methods.

The best way to find books is usually to use sociolog$ and one or two other significant terms for your topic.  Eg. sociolog$ and 'substance abuse'.

When you choose books, be careful to look for those with a sociological approach to the topic, rather than historical, psychological, or social work.

Recent EBook Purchases

See the Very Short Introductions Series for Sociology Books

From Oxford University Press, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas - a bridge between reference content and higher academic work. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.

Individual Sociology titles are:

Reference Books

This is a sample of the kinds of reference books you can find in the library.  Search the Library Catalogue to place print books on HOLD for you to pick up, or for links to ebooks.

Searchable EBook Collections

Most of our ebooks can be found by searching the Library Catalogue, which makes the Library Catalogue the best place to start your search. Click on the "Electronic Resource" icon to link to it.

These sites provide a large number of Sociology ebooks to Trent, and you can search them from the providers site.  There's a lot of overlap and you may find the same books listed here, in the Library Catalogue, and in Scholars Portal Books.  In some cases, however, you may find something unique.