San Diego: Sociological Abstracts, 1952–. The most detailed index for the field, covering journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, and conference presentations on cultural and social structure, demography, family and social welfare, social development, studies of violence and power, and more. Recently added material includes the sources cited in an article and links to works that have cited a given article.
http://www.sociosite.net. A collection of links arranged in 18 categories and, within those categories, by country. Of particular note are the sections on sociologists, subjects in sociology, and data archives. The site is maintained by Albert Benschop of the University of Amsterdam.
http://www.urban.org. The Web site of a nonpartisan organization devoted to research on economic and social policy. The site includes a wealth of reports by topic as well as analysis of issues.
http://gwbweb.wustl.edu/Resources/Pages/socialservicesresourcesintro.aspx. A topical list of recommended sites on topics such as abuse and violence, evidence-based social work, family issues, poverty, and welfare. A service of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
Ed. George Ritzer. 11 vols. Malden: Blackwell, 2007. Offers thorough coverage of sociological theory and topics such as alcohol and crime, community, consumption, prejudice, the public sphere, and hundreds more.
Ed. Immanuel Ness. 4 vols. Armonk: Sharpe, 2004. Covers a range of social movements including civil rights; antiwar protests; the labor movement; religious movements; the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender movements; nativist and conservative movements; and women’s rights.
Ed. George Ritzer. 2 vols. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2005. A handy place to find overviews of theories and theorists, both classical and cutting-edge. A good starting place for tracking down key ideas and core sources.
Ed. James J. Ponzetti. 2nd ed. 4 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2003. Covers aspects of family life including adolescent parenthood, family violence, fatherhood, and gender in a cross-cultural context.
Ed. Edgar G. Montgomery et al. 2nd ed. 5 vols. New York: Macmillan Library Reference, 2000. Provides scholarly discussions of such topics as class and race, ethnicity, economic sociology, and social structure. The articles are written by specialists and include excellent bibliographies.
Ed. Ronald Gottsman and Richard Maxwell Brown. 3 vols. New York: Scribner, 1999. A wideranging exploration of political, social, and psychological aspects of violence, including violence in sports and popular culture as well as violence against the environment, economic aspects of violence, and violence against specific populations. Experts from many disciplines contributed over 600 essays; the third volume includes an index to the set.