Our Homepage on the Internet
Sociologists have begun to use the internet in a variety
of ways to benefit their efforts in teaching and research.
For those of you who are still relatively new to the cyber
age, you may first wish to read some of the following
resources that provide information on using the internet in
very general and introductory terms:
Imp's Internet GuideThis beginner's guide to the
Internet covers all the basics, from browsers to e-mail to
RSS feeds to chatting and beyond.
How to do
research on the Internet - From Monash University.
Finding Information on the Internet - A tutorial
created by the library staff at the University of
Publications on Education and the Internet - From the
Institute for Learning Technologies, Columbia
Once you have mastered basic skills in using the
internet, you may wish to read more specific information
about resources available to sociologists on the
Library: Sociology - Developed and maintained at
McMaster University in Canada, this is a good jumping
off point to begin your exploration of the world of
sociology on the Internet
Social Sciences Guide to Sociology on the Internet
- Formerly known as SOSIG (Social Sciences Information
Gateway), Intute is a British site compiled by editors
at the University of Surrey.
noodletools.com - A site that can quickly help you
locate the right search engine to use to get the
information you need. Highly recommended!
Using the Internet for Sociological Research - From
Monash University Library, Australia.
Julian Dierkes' comprehensive guide to sociology on the
SocioWeb - An
independent guide to the sociological resources
available on the Internet, compiled by Mark Blair at
Sonoma State University
Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace - A guide put
together by sociologist Michael Kearl at Trinity
University in San Antonio, TX.
- The website of the Social Science Information System
based at the University of Amsterdam
cybertheory.htm - Mathieu Deflem's guide to
sociological theory on the internet, initially
published in the July 2001 newsletter of the theory
section of the American Sociological Association.
The Internet for Sociologists - By Rob Kling,
Center for Social Informatics, Indiana University.
Somewhat dated, but still contains useful insights
Also, here are a few useful resources for using the
Internet for historical research:
On-Line: websites and online resources - A British
site containing historical research links sorted by
type of history, geographical area, time period, and
type of resource (library, dataset etc.)
Sources on the Web - A useful guide from the
American Library Association on finding, evaluating,
and citing primary sources on the Web
In line with our interest areas, section members may
also wish to learn a bit about the history and sociology of
the internet itself:
Brief History of the Internet - Written by a
collective of some of theinternet's creators.
History of the Internet - Dated but very nicely
illustrated presentation at the Computer Museum History
OUR HOMEPAGE ON
This homepage not only provides links to pages
constructed by the Wed Editor on the basis of information
offered by the section members but also contains links to
information available on other servers outside the
homepage. An example are the Funding Opportunities on the
Research Tools page, such as the NSF Sociology program.
The Recent Publications page and
Online Library contain online
articles and books (or their abstracts) in a variety of
different formats, which may need an additional word of
Papers: Some papers are readily available on the
internet, typically on the authors' server or that of their
institution. See for example:
"From Class Compromise to Class Accommodation: Labor’s
Incorporation into the Indian Political Economy", in
Mary Katzenstein and Raka Ray, Social Movements and
Poverty in India, (Rowman and Littlefield,
Other papers are only available online
if you work from a server at an institution that has a
subscription to the online provider. The most famous
example of these subscription-based providers is JSTOR
, to which most all universities
and colleges will subscribe. JSTOR
allows direct linking to
individual articles. For example:
Rethinking the Modular Nation Form: Toward a
Sociohistorical Conception of Nationalism
Comparative Studies in Society and History,
Vol. 44, No. 4. (Oct., 2002), pp. 770-799.