Faculty and Staff
Helpful Resources for Majors
SMU in Taos
Life After Graduation
SMU Department of Sociology
Helpful Links for Majors
Helpful Links for Majors
On-Campus Resources and Opportunities
SMU Central University Library Homepage
SMU Hegi Family Career Center
SMU Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center
SMU A-LEC Writing Center
SMU’s List of Online Sociology Resources
CUL Sociology Guide
: Research guide put together by SMU’s Central University Library Staff
Fondren Media Collection
: The Fondren Library at Southern Methodist University has an extensive media collection that includes VHS (yes they still exist), DVD, audiobook and streaming formats. We can also acquire materials for classroom support and welcome purchase suggestions.
SMU's Digital Repository
: Central University Libraries, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, and the Office of Information Technology have combined resources to create the
SMU Digital Repository
, an online archive for collecting and sharing the scholarly work of SMU faculty, staff, and students.
How to Strategize Your Searches
Local Dallas Metropolitan Areas Resources and Opportunities
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Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
World Business, Finance and Political News Resources
Links for On-Line Media
APA Style Tutorial
ASA Citation Quick Guide
CUL Citation Guide
: SMU’s library guide on citing correctly.
End Note Web
: Endnote Web is a citation management tool that helps you to create a database of your references
Social Science Data Resources
American Community Survey
: The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year -- giving communities the information they need to plan investments and services
American Fact Finder
: A gateway or portal to several major US Census products: 1990 and 2000 decennial Census of population and housing; annual population estimates; 1997 and 2002 Economic Census; American Community Survey. Retrieve summary tables and maps for display and download, although American Factfinder features are more robust for recent data products than older ones
Bureau of Justice Crime Statistics
: To collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to federal, state, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
: The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.
: Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography
ICPSR-Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
: ICPSR offers more than 500,000 digital files containing social science research data. Disciplines represented include political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, terrorism, health and medical care, early education, education, racial and ethnic minorities, psychology, law, substance abuse and mental health, and more. Southern Methodist University is a member of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. Through our membership, SMU faculty and students have ready access to hundreds of datasets on topics that cover virtually all social science interests.
General Social Survey
: The GSS contains a standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Many of the core questions have remained unchanged since 1972 to facilitate time-trend studies as well as replication of earlier findings. The GSS takes the pulse of America, and is a unique and valuable resource. It has tracked the opinions of Americans over the last four decades.
National Center for Educational Statistics
: The NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.
The Gallop Poll for Public Opinion Research
The Gallop Student Poll
: The Gallup Student Poll is a landmark new measure that captures the youth voice, a critical but too often missing part of the national dialogue surrounding student performance and success. The Gallup Student Poll tracks the hope, engagement, and wellbeing of students in grades 5 through 12 across the United States
United Nations Demographic Yearbook
: The United Nations Demographic Yearbook collects, compiles and disseminates official statistics on a wide range of topics. Data have been collected from national statistical authorities since 1948 through a set of questionnaires dispatched annually by the United Nations Statistics Division to over 230 national statistical offices. The Demographic Yearbook disseminates statistics on population size and composition, births, deaths, marriage and divorce on an annual basis. Demographic Yearbook special topics issues cover a wide range of additional topics including economic activity, educational attainment, household characteristics, housing, ethnicity and language, among others.