Find Print Books, DVDs, and more in the Library

Use the Library Catalog to locate materials in the library:

  • To search only a specific format (DVDs, books, periodicals, etc.), select from the first dropdown menu.
  • Perform an All fields search using words such as poverty or “Marx.” This will search the entire record of all the items in the catalog, including author, title, and subject areas.
  • Perform a Subject search using a word or words such as Poverty or “public welfare” to search for items on a specific topic.
  • Click the Advanced Search link to the right to search for full phrases or choose how words are combined.
    • “All these words” will only return results that include every word you enter.
    • “This exact phrase” is useful when the order of words is important; for example, black and white.
    • “These unwanted terms” is where you list words you do not want in your results.
      • Example: I want to research famous theorists, but already have too much information on Max Weber. I would type social theory into “All these words” and Weber into “These unwanted terms,” then choose Book from the “Format type” dropdown menu to avoid finding a lot of movies on DVD.
  • If you’d prefer to browse the shelves, most sociology books are located in these call number range:

    • 300: Social Sciences
    • 301: Sociology
    • 302: Social Interaction
    • 303: Social Processes
    • 305: Groups of People
    • 360-369: Social Problems and Services

E-Books are available through the OCC Library Databases.

To access them, log into Ocean Connect and click on the tab for Library Services.

The link search for e-books (near the top) will open the EBSCOhost eBooks database, which has over 7,000 books on Psychology, including more than 400 books on psychoanalysis (they can be browsed by selecting from the list of Categories). Also included are over 500 books on social psychology.

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Find Articles
The Library subscribes to several article databases, each suited to different fields and levels of study. If you are away from campus, you will need to access these databases through Ocean Connect. If you are unsure how to do this, please follow these instructions, or ask a member of the Library’s staff for assistance.
More Useful Resources

WorldCatWorld Cat is an online catalog of over 10,000 libraries worldwide. Find books in other local libraries.

InterLibrary LoanInterlibrary Loan is a way to have materials sent to the OCC campus from other libraries.

Course Reserves – Course Textbooks that can be used in the library.

Full Text Finder – Find out if we have the full-text of a publication and which database to find it in!



Academic Search Premier – Provides full text access to a very broad range of topics: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.

PsycArticles – for full text access to scholarly and scientific psychology articles, many from the American Psychological Association

Science Direct – ScienceDirect is a comprehensive, full text database providing coverage of core, scholarly journals and books from a wide variety of subject disciplines, including the biological, physical, and engineering/computer sciences, as well as social and behavioral sciences, such as psychology, education, and business. NOTE: Full text is only available for journals from 1995 to the present

Web Resources

Statistics can be invaluable for your research, particularly those provided by Government Agencies and Departments. Check out these:

American FactFinder: A database available from the US Census Bureau with detailed demographic information

United Nations Statistics Division: The UNSD compiles and disseminates global statistical information

US Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): The United States’ primary source for criminal justice statistics.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): The principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.

Print Reference Works
    • Encyclopedia of Sociology
      Call Number: 310.03
      Author: Edgar Borgatta
    • Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology
      Call Number: 310.03
      Author: Bryan Turner



Citing Sources

The APA Manual is the gold standard for writing, formatting and citation in the field of Sociology.

  • Title: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed.
    Publisher: Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010.
    Call number: Reference Desk
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