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‚ÄčCoronavirus update:

All face-to-face meetings have been suspended by the university.  I am still available to support you by phone, Zoom, Teams or email during office hours.  You can schedule an appointment as before but it will take place by phone online (see the app below my photo).   Otherwise my phone number is 023 8201 3986 (diverting to my mobile) and my email is should you wish to contact me.    Online Chat from the library portal page is operating as usual.  


Welcome to the subject guide for Sociology 

Use the tabs on the left to navigate to the information you need.  If this is the first time you have visited this guide you might want to spend some time looking at "Finding Information" for tips on how to get the best out of our resources.

Meet the Information Librarians

   Dan Scutt   Kate Stephenson      

    Celia Forrester                Dan Scutt              Kate Stephenson

The Information Librarians can help you with a wide range of different things - research, referencing, assignment and dissertation structure, writing a literature review, as well as preparing for a presentation.

Please feel free to email and a member of the team will deal with your query as quickly as possible (please allow up to 3 working days for a reply).


Level 4 & Level Students 5 Students


Foundation, Level 4 & Level 5 students can borrow 15 items at any one time.  You can also have 5 inter-library loans a year.


Support for Assignments & Referencing 

You can book an appointment if you are struggling to find information for your assignments or want guidance on referencing.  You may want to get together  a group and book some time.  It is likely that your lecturer will book some time for me to deliver a workshop or other type of session sometime during your first year.  


Thinking About Your Dissertation/Final Year Project/Literature Review?

You may want to start thinking about your major final year piece of work in the last term of your Level 5 year.  You may request inter-library loans in support of this.  If you want help in planning your literature search, book an appointment, email

Level 6 & Postgraduate Students

Level 6 and Postgraduate students have additional rights and privileges.

Increased loan entitlements 

Final year students can borrow up to 20 items at one time, postgraduate and research students up to 25 items at a time. 


Inter-Library Loans

This a service where the library will acquire a copy of an article or book for you from another library.  Articles will most probably be delivered to you electronically within a few days, books have to come by post and will take longer.  Before you make a request check to see if there is an alternative online copy in one of our other databases or on Google Scholar .  If not, then request the article via our Inter-Library loan service.  You may have 15 inter-library loans a year.


Literature Review/Dissertation

You may want to book an appointment to discuss the literature search or referencing aspects of your literature review or dissertation.  Use the "schedule appointment" app under my photo on this page.



Sconul Access  is  scheme whereby university library users can use books and journals held in other university collections.  You need to register here first before using the other library.  Also remember to connect your computer or mobile to the eduroam network on campus here.  This will allow you to use the network in  universities who also have eduroam.  More details from the help desk on Floor 2 of library.  

FAQs -Quick Answers

If the FAQs don't answer your question, please or the library CHAT Questions


The library doesn't have the article I need- can you help?

If we don't have an article or a book we will know a library that does!   You  can request an inter-library loan.   The number of requests you can make depends on your level of study.

  • Foundation students - 5 per year
  • Level 4 students - 5 per year
  • Level 5 students - 5 per year
  • Level 6 students - 15 per year  
  • Postgraduate students -   30 per year
  • Staff - 30 per year.

If you need more, please contact me.  Access the Interlibrary loans form 


I can't access articles from home/work and I know the library has them.

If you have found the article on Google Scholar or Google try copying and pasting the title into the Articles tab on the library catalogue and following the instructions for off-campus access.  This will normally work.  If it doesn't work look for the journal title in the catalogue and search for the article that way.  It is possible we have access to the journal, but your article may fall outside our subscription (too early or too late).   If the article is old you may wish to consider if this useful for your research  - is it older than you are or is it a classic piece of research that you would be expected to read? 


I can't find anything on my topic

Finding information isn't always easy and can be frustrating.   Have a look in Finding Information tab for more advice on selecting keywords for your search.  Use the specialist databases in the databases tab and search those - they will give better results than Google.    If you are still struggling email and ask for an appointment  


Can you check my references for me?

I'm sorry but I cannot check your references as this forms part of your assessment.  What I can do is provide advice  and guidance on how to reference  and respond to specific queries.  There is lots of advice and guidance on the library portal.  Access Referencing Help  You might also want to investigate using a tool such as RefWorks to manage your references for you.  Again contact me for additional help 


Can you proof read my essay?

I'm sorry, but I'm not allowed to proof read work.  You might want to get a trusted colleague, partner or parent to do it for you.