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Open-Access Resources: Sociology and Criminology


This page contains a selected list of sources for open-access materials in the subject areas of sociology and criminology.

Many more resources on the social sciences can be found under the tabs in this guide entitled Books (Mostly) and Articles and Sources of Mixed Materials. Patrons might also search under tabs of disciplines closely related to sociology.

Aggregators of Data  Describes itself as the "The home of the U.S. Government's Open Data". Data, tools, and other resources for research. Over 254, 669 datasets.

Explore Census Data Replaced American Factfinder at the end of March 2020. Advanced Search allows for very specific searches.


SocArXiv A subset of OFS Preprints This subset contains preprints in the social and behavioral sciences, arts and humanities, law and education.

SSRN Articles and preprints. Range of disciplines in the social sciences.

For others in this discipline search in the Directory of Open Access Journals using the Browse function to get a list of disciplines. All journals in the DOAJ can be searched by individual title using Hofstra University's Journal Finder. OneSearch should also pick up the content.

Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World Newly launched (2015) open access journal of the American Sociological Association.

EconPapers Provides access to RePEc the world's largest collection of on-line Economic working papers, journal articles and software.



Books, Theses and Dissertations

National Academy Press Created by the National Academies. Publishes primarily in the sciences and medicine although some materials in behavior sciences are also present. PDF's can be downloaded.

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Primary Sources

Independent Voices Alternative newspapers, magazines, and journals. Drawn from the later half of the 20th century, many from the 1960s and 1970s.

Rutgers Oral History Archives (ROHA) The site presents oral history interviews and other resources.

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