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Sociology: Books

Useful information and Fordham library resources in sociology; Librarian David Vassar, Editor.

Library of Congress Classification System

Academic libraries use the Library of Congress Classification system to show a book's location on the shelf.

Look at the call numbers and the Library of Congress Classification System for Sociology. Click on Subclass HM Sociology

Main category

Subclass HM 1 thru 1281

Examples for sociology showing call number ranges

HM 621 - 656   Culture

HM 711 - 806    Groups & organizations

HM 811 - 821    Deviant behavior. Social deviance.

HM 1176 - 1281 Social influences. Social pressure.

Searching Tips

Subject Headings relating to Sociology:


       Crime--Sociological Aspects

       Marginality, Social

       Mass Society



       Social Conflict

       Social Groups

       Social Structure

       Social Systems


       Symbolic Interactionism





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