SOCI 422: Sociology of Health and Mental Illness

Databases for locating research on the sociology of well-being.

Tips for finding books

To find the most relevant items, use a Keyword search to identify several relevant Subject Headings.  For instance, a Keyword search for "positive psychology" (including the quotation marks to search the two words as an exact phrase) yielded these Library of Congress subject headings:

  • Positive psychology.
  • Happiness.

Note the special linking in subject headings:

UNC catalog search (search opens in new window)


Research Resources from the Library

Two major components of your grade in this class are a research paper and a final group project.  The resources provided here will help you complete your research for this project.

I recommend three strategies to start:

  • Brainstorm a list of keywords about each concept in your topic to use as search terms
  • Start with Sociological Abstracts (in the database list below)
  • If you get stuck, Contact me.

Tips for finding articles

Look for subject headings, descriptors, etc. in item records that match your topic to zero in on that database's terms

  • For instance, in Sociological Abstracts [Subjects]:
    • medical sociology
    • illness
    • health

Think about the topic of the database:  don't need to search "health" in PubMed.

Remember Articles+ for interdisciplinary topics.

Key Article Databases

Social Sciences Librarian

Kristan Shawgo
Davis Library
UNC-Chapel Hill
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