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SOCI 422: Sociology of Mental Health and Illness

Resources 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:

Research Resources from the Library

One of the major components of your grade in this class is a research project.  The resources provided here will help you complete your research.

I recommend a few 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 and/or schedule an appointment to talk about your research.
  • BONUS: You can use Oxford Bibliographies Online to find information about major theorists, journals and books on topics like medical sociology and the sociology of mental illness

Remote research support

If you are hitting a paywall when trying to read an article...

  1. Try using our link builder. This adds a proxy to the URL that will prompt you for your onyen and password.
  2. Try clearing the cache in the web browser you are using. Close the browser completely and then open it back up to try the URL again.
  3. Send me an email at or chat with a librarian at 

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

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

Remember Articles+ and Google Scholar for interdisciplinary topics.

Key Article Databases

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