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Links to Sociology

General Links

DGS = Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie
The DGS is the German Sociological Association. It incorporates several working groups, which each have their own website. On both DGS and working group website, informationen about conferences, contacts, bibliographies etc. can be found.

European Sociological Association
The European Sociological Association (ESA) aims to facilitate sociological research, teaching and communication on European issues, and to give sociology a voice in European affairs. ESA is an academic association of sociologists and a non-profit Europe-wide association made up of over 700 members. It was established in the early 1990s, following deliberations and consultations among sociologists from a diverse range of countries.

American Sociological Association
The American Sociological Association (ASA), founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. With nearly 14,000 members, ASA encompasses sociologists who are faculty members at colleges and universities, researchers, practitioners, and students. About 20 percent of the members work in government, business, or non-profit organizations.

GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
GESIS is an institution devoted to research and service, which, by providing information, consultation, and data, supports and facilitates scientific work at every stage of the research process. Based upon extensive research programs GESIS provides services in data (archiving, provision, processing, research, social monitoring), methodology (consultation, developing complex methods), and specialized information (databases containing information on social science literature and research activities).

US Surveys
The "Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research" (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu) and "Polling the Nations" (http://www.orspub.com) collect surveys on different topics and make them available to researchers.

World Factbook des CIA
The CIA's World Factbook provides basic statistical information about all countries worldwide.

Free resources in social research methods
Links to free on line books, manuals, articles on how to do social research, including surveys, interviews, observations and more. Also links to research about research methods, free software, and sites on how to present data. This site also has a review of free statistical resources.

Statistics Links

Statistisches Bundesamt
The Statistische Bundesamt gathers, collects, processes presents and analyses statistical information about the FRG, e.g. on areas such as demographics, education, work, family life, economy and more.

EUROSTAT = Statistisches Amt der Europäischen Gemeinschaften
EUROSTAT is the Statistical Office of the European Communities. Its mission is to gather and analyse figures from the different European statistics offices in order to provide comparable and harmonised data.

OECD = Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OECD provides statistical information about social and economic issues, from trade facts to education figures.

Important Journals

Please note: While the following journal list is not (and can not be) comprehensive, it includes some of the most important sociological journals. It is worthwile to check these websites regularly and also interesting to browse through their online archives.


KZfSS = Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie
The Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie is one of the two leading German sociological journals.

ZfS = Zeitschrift für Soziologie
The Zeitschrift für Soziologie is the other one of the two leading German sociological journals.

AJS = American Journal of Sociology
The AJS is a leading journal for analysis and research in the social sciences. It presents work from all areas of sociology, with an emphasis on theory building and innovative methods.

ASR = American Sociological Review
ASR is the journal of the American Sociological Association (ASA). It publishes original works of interest to the sociology discipline in general, new theoretical developments, results of research that advance our understanding of fundamental social processes, and important methodological innovations.

CS = Current Sociology
CS covers societal trends in an international perspective.

Annual Review of Sociology
ASR is published once a year and assembles state of the art-overview articles on different areas of sociology.


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