The Sociology Collection

Desks in the Seeley Library

The Seeley Library is responsible for the print material which supports Sociology courses. This includes theoretical and textbook material which appears on reading lists for Sociology papers. Older material is stored on the mezzanine and can be identified by the yellow or purple stripe at the top of the book spine. More recent purchases are integrated into the collection on the ground floor. The Seeley also holds MPhil dissertations for the Sociology Department (details below).

For more information about the Sociology collection and relevant online resources, please see the dedicated LibGuide.

More information

The Seeley Library holds MPhil theses for Sociology between 1993 - 2017/18 (for more recent theses please contact the Sociology department).

All dissertations need to be requested in the library and consulted within the reading room. In order to find a Sociology MPhil thesis, search iDiscover using the search terms 'SPS thesis' for a list of theses from 1993-2010; and 'HSPS thesis' for a list of theses from 2011 onwards. 

  • Filter the results by restricting your search to the Seeley Library using the 'Location' filter.
  • As above, use 'SPS thesis or 'HSPS thesis' and relevant search terms/keywords for your area of interest e.g. 'refugees', 'gender' or author name/title keywords if known.
  • If performing a broader search, use 'SPS thesis or 'HSPS thesis' along with a broad category term such as 'sociology', 'politics' or 'media'.

If you cannot find relevant titles, do contact library staff and we will try to assist with searches.

Please be aware when using these search terms that CFR (Centre for Family Research) theses will also display as part of the Margaret Lowenfeld Collection.  If you would like to view CFR titles please contact the CFR administrators .

The Seeley Library provides a selection of scanned material for Sociology. If you are enrolled on one of these papers you should have access to our Moodle site. If you don't currently have access but think you should, please get in touch with us.

What you'll find on Moodle... Where an item is marked as core on a reading list and has a chapter specified, we'll try to upload a scan of the chapter to Moodle if there's no eBook available. We try to upload scans of anything that we think you may struggle to obtain, for example, a popular book that's out of print. 

Anything that's available as an eBook or eJournal can't be scanned, but you should always have access via iDiscover.

We are, however, bound by the copyright rules from the Copyright Licencing Agency (CLA); full details can be found on the CLA website.

Students studying Sociology have access to a comprehensive collection of online material, including eBooks,  databases and online journals. The Seeley  Library team develop this collection and welcome recommendations from members of the University. To recommend a book or other resource please complete the recommendation form