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* Sociology: Books

Research guide for sociology.

Finding books

We have books in both print and electronic formats.  Our print materials are arranged in Library of Congress call number order.

Because sociology can cover a broad range of topics, there are many locations in Young Library where sociology-related print books can be found, such as in the LC classifications of: BF, GF, GN, HB, HD, HM, HN, HQ, HT, HV, HX, JA, and JC.  All of these can be found on the third and fourth floors of Young Library.

You might also consider the LC classification LC in the Education Library.

If you have questions about how to best search for books, please contact the Reference Desk for help.


STEP 1: Select "Books" under "Material Type."

Catalog screenshot showing where to change material type

Catalog screenshot showing selection of "books" as material type

STEP 2: Type in your search terms and click "Search." In the below example, the search term "personality theory" is used.

Catalog screenshot using "personality theory" as an example search

STEP 3: On the results screen, you can limit results to print only, by clicking "Available In The Library" in the "Refine My Results" section on the left. Or, you can limit to e-books only by clicking "Full Text Online."

Catalog screenshot showing options to limit book results to print or electronic format

How to check out books

After using the InfoKat Catalog to look for books, you'll need to make note of four pieces of information from the bibliographic records:

1. In which library is the book located? This will be Young Library most of the time, but you might see other campus libraries or remote storage as possible locations.

2. On which floor is the book located? Pay attention to this so you'll know what floor to go to!

3. What is the call number of the book? This will appear as a sequence of letters and numbers. You'll need this to locate the book on the shelf.

4. Is the book available? Pay attention to whether the book is available or checked out.

When you have the book you want in hand, take it to the circulation desk with your UK ID card!

If you have questions about checking out books, please contact the Young Library Circulation Desk for help:

Circulation contact info:

Phone: (859) 218-1881
Fax: (859) 257-8379

Interlibrary Loan

Do you need books we don't have? You can request them from another library using Interlibrary Loan's (ILL) ILLIAD service.

This service requires you to login with your linkblue ID.

If you have questions about or need assistance with ILL, please contact them.

ILL contact info:

Borrowing: (859) 218-1880
Lending: (859) 218-2049
Document Delivery: (859) 218-1203
Fax: (859) 257-0502