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Finding Peer-Reviewed Research Articles (Empirical Studies) in Sociology Journals

This guide provides suggestions on where and how to look for studies (research) from high quality sociology journals. Options include browsing peer-reviewed sociology journals or searching databases containing sociology studies

Searching Sociology Journals in OneSearch

Use OneSearch if you have a topic.

No topic? If you don't have a topic,
browse some of the peer-reviewed high impact Sociology journals found on the first page of this guide.


Once you generate a list of articles from "Peer-reviewed Journals"

  1. Check to be sure your article comes from a Sociology journal - i.e., check to see if the name of the journal can be found in the list of Sociology journals found in this guide (a list of highly-regarded Sociology journals generated by Journal Citation Reports).

    You will find the name of the journal in front of the publication year, volume number, and page numbers in a OneSearch result (a result that has the heading "ARTICLE").

    In the following example the name of the journal is Gender & Society which appears just before the information 2021, Vol. 35 

    The name of the journal in an ARTICLE record from OneSearch appears just before the year, the volume number, and the page numbers.

  2. If the journal is a Sociology journal then open the article to see if it is a study. In most cases a study (research article) will contain a Results section and a Discussion section.


The plus and minus of using OneSearch to locate peer-reviewed studies.


  • PLUS:      Access to recently published Sociology studies.
  • PLUS:      Limit to peer-reviewed journals.
  • PLUS:      Focus your search using either the Title or Subject options.
  • PLUS:      Searches more Sociology journals than JSTOR, but ... 
  • MINUS:    Must check to see if the article comes from a Sociology journal (and not a journal from a different discipline - e.g., political science). Check on the List of Sociology Journals option in this guide (list generated by Journal Citation Reports).
  • MINUS:    Must review the article to be sure it is a “study” (i.e., research or empirical study). Note - many quantitative studies will have sections labeled. Method/Methods/Methodology  and  Results  and  Discussion - however, many qualitative studies may use different terminology.