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Sociology & Social Work Research Guide: Reference Sources

A research guide for Point Loma Nazarene University students. How-to guide to access print, database articles and quality Internet resources.

ASA Citation Help

EndNote is a Web-based tool for managing and citing references in papers and creating bibliographies.  EndNote has numerous citation styles including ASA (American Sociological Association.)  EndNote is available to current members of the PLNU community.  Use your 8-digit PLNU ID card number to access EndNote Web.

Also look at these online resources for ASA citation help:

American Sociology Association web site - Download a PDF of ASA citation quick tips.

OWL ASA Resources

Why use reference books?


Reference sources provide background information, an overview of a topic, specialized vocabulary and terminology, and critical concepts.  They're often a great starting point.  The Library has reference materials both online and in print. To access the online reference books click on the Find Books tab above. Want more information? 

  • Contact the Research Help Desk on the Main Level of Ryan Library (619.849.3227)
  • email 
  • Text @ (619.592.8884)
  • Instant Message at Ask a Librarian. Find it on the right-hand side of the library's homepage.

Reference Sources for Sociology and Social Work

Below are representative titles from Ryan Library's reference collection.  Click on the link to see where the book is located in the library.

Sociology and Social Work's Department Page

Point Loma Nazarene University's Sociology and Social Work Department home page.