Social Sciences

The university library holds general reference works (encyclopaedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.), specialized publications on the Social Sciences subjects treated in the research and teaching departments. All documents and electronic resources can be found in the catalogue




Working Class Experiences of Social Inequalities in (post-) Industrial Landscapes : Feelings of Class
Meier, Lars Auteur
London: Routledge



Families and Family Values in Society and Culture
Albert, Isabelle., Mirza. Emirhafizovic, and Carmit-Noa. Shpigelman



An Introduction to Community and Primary Health Care
ed. by Guzys, Diana
Cambridge: Cambridge UP

Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Higher Education
Côté, James E.
London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group


The Routledge Handbook of Gender in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia
ed. by Fábián, Katalin ... [et al.]
Abingdon: Routledge


You can get an overview of all new print acquisitions here.



The Social sciences collections are available at the Luxembourg Learning Centre. Part of the holdings is in stacks and reservations are possible via the catalog (search by author, title, keyword).


The holdings of the library are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) and organized according to content. The following DDC overview is an example of the main categories in the Social sciences:

300    Social sciences
301    Sociology, Anthropology
302    Social interaction
303    Social processes
304    Influences on social behavior
305    Social groups
306    Culture and institutions
307    Communities
308    [Unassigned]
309    [Unassigned]
310    Collections of general statistics

360    Social problems and social services; associations
361    Social problems and social welfare in general
362    Social welfare problems and services
363    Other social problems and services
364    Criminology
365    Penal and related institutions

Each medium belonging to the library holdings (books, journals, etc.) has a unique signature. The signature contains information, which allows library users to locate the medium within the library quickly.

Reference works

Furthermore, some reference works relevant to Social sciences are available at the Luxembourg Learning Centre:


Reference works that are available for free online can be of great use. The most popular free online encyclopedia is the Encyclopaedia Britannica. The University library has bought a license allowing free online access (Check under electronic resources).

Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology

Ritzer, George. -  Malden: Blackwell, 2007

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Encyclopedia of social psychology

Baumeister, Roy. - Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2007

Encyclopedia of social work

Mizrahi, Terry. - Washington: NASW Press, 2008

Encyclopedia of the city

Caves Roger. - New York: Routledge, 2013


Reference works in German:

Grundbegriffe der Soziologie

Kopp, Johannes. -  Wiesbaden : VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2010

Lexikon zur Soziologie

Fuchs-Heinritz, Werner. -  Wiesbaden : VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2011

Reference works in English:

Cambridge dictionary of sociology

Turner, Bryan. - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011

Dictionary of sociology

Scott, John. - Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014


Dictionary of statistics & methodology

Vogt, Paul; Johnson, Burke. - Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2011

Sage dictionary of social research methods

Jupp, Victor. - Los Angeles: Sage, 2013

Reference works in French:

Dictionnaire critique de la sociology

Boudon, Raymond. - Presses universitaires de France, 2011

Le dictionnaire des sciences humaines

Dortier, Jean-François. - Auxerre: Sciences Humaines Ed., 2008


21st-century sociology: a reference handbook

Bryant, Clifton. - Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2007


Handbook of comparative social policy

Kennett, Patricia. -  Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2013

Handbook of measurement issues in family research

Hofferth, Sandra. - New York: Psychology Press, 2012

Handbook of social psychology

Fiske, Susan. - Hoboken: Wiley, 2010

Oxford handbook of deaf studies, language, and education

Marschark, Marc; Spencer, Patricia. - Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011

Palgrave Handbook of Childhood Studies

Qvortrup, Jens; Corsaro, William; Honig, Michael-Sebastian. - Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

Routledge handbook of multilingualism

Martin-Jones, Marilyn. - Abingdon: Routledge, 2012


Participant observation: A guide for field workers

DeWalt, Kathleen; DeWalt, Billie - Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011

Sequential analysis: A guide for behavioral researchers

Gottman, John; Roy, Anup. - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008

Research methods

Doing qualitative research

Silverman, David. - London: Sage, 2013

Social research methods

Bryman, Alan. - Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012

Social research methods

Walliman, Nicholas. - Los Angeles: Sage, 2012


Printed social sciences journals are available at Belval Campus.

The following core journals for Sociology at the Luxembourg Learning Centre:

Journals are available in the catalog under (search by title).

Articles, electronic journals, and databases

The following databases are accessible via the local library catalog  You receive information on how to access when you register at the University Library.

Basic resources

An electronic library facilitates the search for available journals:

To fully enjoy the advantage of electronic journals - full-text access - we recommend the Electronic Journals Library Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB).

This reference database encompassing over 560 libraries worldwide contains more than 2,600 electronic journals in sociology with an emphasis on scientific journals. Apart from the title word search, you can search for journals in your subject area by keyword search in the advanced search. A traffic light system gives indications regarding full-text access (green for free access and red for no access via your library as a license is required).

Specialized databases

SocINDEX with Full Text

Bibliographical and full-text database on theory and applied sociology as well as related fields. Over 1. 6 million indexed records from ca. 4,000 journals.
The full-text version SocINDEX gives access to full texts from over 890 specialized journals (total quotations from 289 “core” journals and selected full documents from 75 “priority” journals) and more than 850 electronic books and 17,000 conference papers. Subjects: general and special sociologies, demography, criminology, gender studies, social work, and social psychology, etc. Geography: worldwide coverage. Language: English, French, German, Spanish), mainly English. Timeframe: 1895 - present. It is updated daily.
You find the following features: a thesaurus using subject terms, author profiles, citation search, picture search, visual search.

Sociological Abstracts: access via SocINDEX

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences / IBSS

Bibliographical database. Subject: sociology and related social sciences. Geography: worldwide coverage, ca. 55% English. A large percentage of references to literature published outside of the USA and GB. Timeframe: 1951 - present. Monthly updates. Features: own thesaurus.

Further article databases


ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT): Theses from UK / USA

Citation databases

The Web of Science is a classic among citation databases with its SSCI: Social Sciences Citation Index (from 1956).
In the SSCI, which is significant for your research, the journals of a subject field are evaluated and presented in categories. (Gerontology, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies, etc.). The journals are mainly in English and measured against the citation rate.

The following resources may not be on a par with the Web of Science regarding quality, but they allow you to search for citations or list citations among the hits:

Scopus: Web of Science rival product.
Scopus is a multidisciplinary abstract and reference database for research literature and high-quality internet sources (peer-reviewed). It offers various tools to trace, analyze and visualize research information in social sciences.

Full-text access

Full-text databases and journal archives


JSTOR is an interdisciplinary journal archive presenting over 1,400 journals, starting from the first year of publication. The most recent years of advertisements are subject to a moving wall in JSTOR, meaning that they are not openly accessible. Disciplines present the archive. Relevant subject areas are Sociology and Statistics.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)


The DOAJ directory of journals gives you full-text access to 74,000 journals. There are around 400 Open Access Publications in the field of Social Sciences.

To search and, if needed, gain free access to the most recent publications, the full-text databases of large publishers and information providers are available. The following online platforms are relevant for the Social Sciences:

Information resources: International organizations

The OECD and its library can be considered a leading example in the area of electronic information supply. Nearly 8,000 e-books, 480 databases with the statistical source material and thousands of works and research reports released by the OECD and its specialized agencies are in one place.
OECD iLibrary
In particular statistical information and country analyses in the areas of population, migration, etc. constitute impressive collections of resources for researchers.

Search in related disciplines

For interdisciplinary research, it is worth taking a broader view. The following examples are meaningful selection and complete the resources that are already known to you.



PSYNDEX is the most comprehensive abstract database of psychological literature, audiovisual media, intervention programs, and tests from the German-speaking countries. Created by the Leibniz-Zentrum für Psychologische Information und Dokumentation (ZPID), with around 200,000 references, reporting period for the recorded literature form 1977, weekly updates, search with the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms and Classification Codes (analog to PsycINFO) incl. Translation into German of keywords and classification are available.

PsycINFO: campus-wide access

Reference database in English with abstracts from the field of psychology and related fields. Produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), around 3.2 million data records (80% journal articles, 51 million cited references), reporting period from 1806, weekly updates, search with the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms and Classification Codes.


ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)

Reference database in English with abstracts from all areas of education and psychology financed by the U.S. Department of Education containing around 1.4 million records (including 915,000 journal articles and more than 340,000 full-text records), reporting period from 1966, weekly updates, search with the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors.

FIS Bildung Literaturdatenbank (via Fachportal Pädagogik)

Open online access, bibliographical database, mainly in German, on every aspect of the education system, coordinated by the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF: Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsforschung und Bildungsinformation), ca. 780,000 records (including 430,000 journal articles and 15% electronic full text versions), quarterly updates, availability display via FIS Bildung database, search with keywords and index.


Multidisciplinary resource

Persée: Search for journals/articles in French
E-journals: Persée, the portal for scientific journals in the humanities and social sciences, aims to digitize and put online retrospective collections of a vast corpus of French journals.  The temporary embargo for the most recent editions from the last 2 to 5 years is applied.

Oxford University Press Journals Collection

Sage Journals Online

Taylor and Francis Social Sciences & Humanities Library (access only in UNI).

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Brockhaus and Encyclopaedia Britannica are among the most popular and the complete compilations:

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica in the catalog (Library user ID) and open online access
  • Credo Reference in the directory (Library user ID): the reference database for e-books, encyclopedias, dictionaries (Explore Concepts, Find a Book by Subject: Social Sciences). A short list of reference resources available via Credo Reference:  Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology, International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family, Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, The A-Z of Social Research.

Online reference works

50 sociology classics

A continuing project of the University of Graz offers bibliographical information on the significant scientists in the field of social sciences from the past three centuries.

Online-Handbook Demography

In the Online-Handbook Demography of the Berlin-Institute for Population and Development renowned scientists publish contributions in the field of population, demography and population composition from a historical and current perspective. You find chapters on population dynamics, population politics, demography, development, and environment, and a comprehensive glossary, as well as secondary online information on research facilities, statistics, and openly accessible data sources.


Online encyclopedia on the methods of empirical social research explaining the vocabulary of empirical social research and data analysis in brief articles. Quantitative and qualitative research methods are taken into account equally. Numerous hypertexts and a collection of links complete this useful reference work.


More information on e-book searches here.

Multidisciplinary resource:

Degree programmes and research at the university

Official homepage of degree programmes at the university:

Research homepage:

Research Institutes:

Useful links

Here are some interesting websites for studies in the area of social sciences (open online access):


ALLBUS is a German General Social Survey.

American Sociological Association

Publications (ASA Style Guide)


The bibliographical database Ariadne is a part of the Portal for Women’s and Gender Research at the Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek - ÖNB). It has extensive records of journal articles in German and English as well as books belonging to the ÖNB.

Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) via Katalog and free online access

The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine operated by the university library holds open access documents from more than 2,000 scientific sources from the whole world. They mainly consist in document servers from institutes of higher learning and extramural research and information institutions and contribute more than 32 million documents to the index of the search engine - particular feature in BASE: automatic multilingualism.

Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE)


Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA)

CESSDA provides large-scale, integrated and sustainable data services to the social sciences. Multinational Surveys: European Social Survey (ESS), Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE).

German Sociological Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie - DGS)

The reading lists of the different sections can be useful to get acquainted with the subject.

European University Institute (EUI)

The institute is specialized in the area of social sciences and offers much secondary information on databases etc., which relate to the European Union.


European Union Portal

European Social Survey (ESS)

The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted every two years across Europe since 2001.


Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union based in Luxemburg. It provides statistics to the European Union that enable it to make comparisons between countries and regions.

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Similar but on an international level.


Database of the Federal Office for Statistics (see video)

GESIS Leibnitz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences is one of Germany’s most significant infrastructure facilities for the social sciences (see publications).

HAL : accès via (User ID)


Social Sciences Open Access Repository (SSOAR)


Open access document server of the German Initiative for Network research focuses on records of journal articles, collective works, and grey literature. Current research findings are available in books, which you can search in full-text versions.

The portal contains the holdings of the document server Social Sciences Open Access Repository with around 20,000 full texts from the area of social sciences.

Ministry of Education, Children, and Youth, Luxembourg

Under Children and Youth / Publications

Network Migration in Europe (open online access)

The Network Migration is an essential platform for students, scientists, and actors in the field of migration research and practice founded in 2001. It offers extensive information on migration, integration and immigration policy all over the world (expert database).

Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences 


Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN)

Digital library. Mainly European university press offering access to e-books with focus on humanities and social sciences from a standard user interface.


OpenEdition is an electronic resources portal for the Social sciences and humanities.


The information portal for the Social sciences, Sowiport, is operated by several information agencies (Berlin Social Science Center, German Centre of Gerontology, German Central Institute for Social Issues) under the leadership of GESIS, Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

SOWIPORT gathers and links quality-tested information from national and international providers. There are currently 8 million references on publications and research projects from 18 databases available. By connecting the various database thesauri among each other, all databases and information supplies in SOWIPORT can be searched simultaneously across all databases.

The following subject areas available in SOWIPORT: sociology, methods in the social sciences, political science, social policy, social psychology, psychology, educational research, communication, economics, demography, ethnology, historical, social research, employment research, gerontology, social work.

The use of the social sciences thesaurus, which contains around 12,000 words, is recommended. It is multilingual (German, English, French, Russian).


Blog of the German Sociology Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie - DGS)


Statistics portal of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

United Nations online data  

It contains information and statistics on many subject areas, among which a Gender Data Portal.

Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Psychologie


Berlin Social Science Center

Biggest social sciences research entity in Germany (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung - WZB)