Using the World Wide Web

Web links for Sociology, Fourth Edition, by John E. Farley

Chapter 1

The American Sociological Association. Information on the largest sociological organization in the United States, with information about publications, sociological events, sociology's code of ethics, stories from the Association's newsletter, and information about sociology for the general public.

Society for Applied Sociology. This organization is dedicated to using sociology in practical ways to make our organizations and communities work better. Ths site contains information on becoming a sociologist, and on publications related to applied sociology, and contains links to various other sociological resources on the Internet.

Sociology Courses: SocNet Index. Sample material on sociology courses at various colleges and universities from the Internet. There is even a place where your professors can add their own courses, if they have placed syllabi or other materials on the World Wide Web.

SocioWeb - Sociology Departments. (LOCATION UPDATED 11/20/97) This is a directory of virtually all sociology departments in colleges and universities in North America that have Web pages, and many departments in other parts of the world, too. You can learn a lot about sociology by surfing these departmental Web pages, and following the interesting links that many of them contain.

Worldwide Sociology Resources (LOCATION UPDATED 11/20/97) - This directory, maintained by the United Kingdom's Social Science Information Gateway, contains lots of Web resources related to the field of sociology, including Web sites throughout the world.

Open Letter from the U.S. Committee for the Sociotron - If you think sociologists lack a sense of humor, check out this clever spoof on both sociology and "big science" projects.

Chapter 2

1990 Census Data Lookup - This site allows you to look up 1990 census data for anywhere. If it was included in the Census, you can probably look it up here - for virtually any geograhpic area for which Census data are available. Here is an alternate lookup site to try if the first one is busy or otherwise unavailable. (UPDATED 11/20/97)

Inter-University Consortium for Social and Political Research - If your college or university is a member of the Consortium, you can probably access the wide variety of data files here for free. You will probably need to use FTP to download the data, but you can browse this Web site to see what's available.

Census Bureau Home Page - This home page serves as a gateway to a large and growing variety of census data products, including the Statistical Abstract of the United States, Bureau press releases, and the most current population data on a wide variety of issues of sociological interest, from the Current Population Survey and other sources.

Socioweb Main Page - (NEW!) This sociological Web site offers Web directories of social research centers at universities (many of which have data you can obtain over the net), research engines that help you find data on what you're interested in, research-related software, and various other useful tools.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Home Page - Gateway to crime data from the Uniform Crime Reports.

Chapter 3

Durkheim Home Page. (WEB LOCATION UPDATED 11/20/97) A home page devoted to the classical sociological theorist Emile Durkheim and his theories. Learn more about Durkheim, his life and times, and his sociological theories the fun, interactive way - on the net!

The Marx/Engels Internet Archive A Web site devoted to the theories, contributions, and followers of Karl Marx and Fredreich Engels. Lots of interesting information and Web links on these social thinkers whose thoughts have had profound effects on historical events in the 20th century. Many of their writings can be accessed directly from the Library section of this Web site.

McDonaldization Home Page A Web page devoted to George Ritzer's book, The McDonaldization of Society. Is everything in our society becoming standardized and bland. Lots of interesting material addressing theories about mass society and the effects of too much rationalization, on this Web page designed by a sociology student.

Center for Critical Thinking Library - So now you understand theories in sociology (or any other field), but how do you USE them? To do this successfully requires critical thinking and reasoning skills. This Web site is an excellent source of nformation on critical thinking - how to do it, how to learn it, how to teach it.

Chapter 6

Center for the American Woman and Politics. This Center, located at Rutger's University, maintains a wealth of information about women in politics, women running for and holding elected offices, and gender and voting. Lots of links to other Web sites on women's studies and politics, too.

The Chicago Tribune : Gender in the World. This Web site reports the results of an international Gallup Poll showing how people think about gender in 22 countries around the world.

YPN: Women & Feminism. A comprehensive guide to women's issues and feminism on the World Wide Web. Hundreds of links addressing every aspect of gender, feminism, and women's issues.

Women in Weather. This is one of many examples on the Web of a page dedicated to women in a male-dominated profession. It contains interesting views on the social meaning of that situation, as material on issues relating to gender and shift work and more general diversity and equal opportunity Web links.

Chapter 8

Justice Information Center (NCJRS). A gateway to Web links and data pertaining to nearly every aspect of crime and the criminal justice system. A wealth of information for anyone interested in issues of crime or criminal justice.

1994 Criminal Victimization Survey. An online report of the results of the 1994 Criminal Victimization Survey. Look up the results yourself! This is an example of one of the many files that can be accessed through the Justice Information Center site listed above.

Two useful internet sites on drug policy are the Online Library of Drug Policy and the Selected Decriminalization/Legalization of Drugs...Bibliography The former is operated by an organization that supports legalizaiton of drugs, while the latter was complied by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Both, though, contain a wide variety of interesting studies and viewpoints.

Chapter 9

Poverty-Related Resources - These resources were compiled by the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research on Poverty, which developed this list as a resource for researchers as its own researchers surfed the Web for information on poverty. It is a very comprehnsive list on poverty and related subjects.

The American Prospect Home Page - This online policy journal, developed by sociologist Paul Starr, contains a variety of articles by sociologists, economists, and other social scientists who apply their expertise to current social and economic policy issues, many of which related to the distribution of scarce resources in the United States and the world. There are also articles by the policymakers themselves.

Bureau of Labor Statistics This Web site is operated by the government agency responsible for reporting statistics on employment and unemployment, and contains extensive data on labor and economic issues.

Poverty and Welfare Homepage - Contains a wealth of data on Poverty in the United States, poverty Web links, and links to text file information about poverty, much of it produced by the Bureau of the Census. Some of the linked files require the Adobe Acrobat reader, but there is a link to obtain it for free.

Chapter 11

WORLD AFRICAN NETWORK ONLINE. Information on a host of issues pertaining to Africans and African Americans, including an extensive directory of Web sites pertaining to such issues. A very comprehensive and interesting Web site; even includes a discussion area.

American Studies Web: Race and Ethnicity. This is the most comprehensive listing I've found of Web sites that pertain to race and ethnic relations. There are sites on general issues in race and ethnic relations, as well as on a wide variety of racial and ethnic groups.

Minority Affairs Forum - Issues, information, and points of view concerning people of color and intergroup relations.

Martin Luther King - Historical and biographical information about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including the texts of a constantly-growing number of his speeches, writings, and letters.

IPRNet This site contains a wealth of information about Puerto Ricans and issues of concern to the Puerto Rican community.

Chapter 13

Ohio State University Information Center on the Family. Extensive information and Web links pertaining to social scientific sources on family studies.

Future of Children Journal - This online journal features articles by researchers about such child-related issues as the financing of day care, the long-term effectiveness of early childhood programs like Head Start, juvenile court, welfare reform, and environmental risks to children. Adobe Acrobat viewer is required to read some of the articles. It can be downloaded for free at:

Get Smart - America's Kids, By the Numbers - This page includes a wide variety of links to statistics on children. The page is divided into the following areas: Packaged KidStats, News Room, U.S. Census and Other Government Data, National Children's Groups, and Public Opinion.

The Children Youth and Family Consortium Electronic Clearinghouse - This Web site, based at the University of Minnesota, is dedicated to providing a pathway to information related to the health, education and welfare of children, youth and families. Contains a wide variety of material on these subjects.

Chapter 14

Education At A Glance. Concise statistics on a variety of education issues, from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. Contains links to numerous Web sites containing education statistics. Some of thes sites require the Adobe Acrobat reader, which can be downloaded for free from

NAEP Electronic Publications. Want to know how American students are doing educationally? The National Assessment of Educational Progress, discussed in this chapter, is one of the most current and regularly updated sources of data. This Web site provides both current and historical data from this periodic national test of student's educational achievement.

Banned Books Online. What students should read has been a constant issue in recent decades, as teachers have sought to "broaden students' exposure to new ideas" while parents have "tried to shelter their children from dangerous influences." On this site, you can learn about the incredible variety of books that have become controversial and banned from schools or libraries. You can even read a lot of these banned books online.!

Chapter 15

A Guide to the Best Religious Studies Resources on the Internet As the title suggests, this is a comprehensive guide to World Wide Web resources on religious studies, designed for undergraduate students. Contains general resources and information on Western religions, Eastern religions, and alternative religions.

Comparative Religion: A Directory of Internet Resources for the Academic Study of Religion - This comprehensive site includes sites which its author feels would be most beneficial in researching a particular religious tradition, leaving out those with a more devotional focus. Includes links to general information, information on many specific religious traditions, and links to selected Departments of Religion in the United States, Canada, Europe, and South Africa.

Descriptions of 57 Ethical Groups and Faith Systems - Descriptive summaries on 57 religous or ethical groups - including some viewed as highly controversial. The effort is to describe each group's belief as people in the group define those beliefs. Some are listed in more than one section, because their memberships are divided on whether they should be considered Christian or not.

Chapter 17

Population Profile of the United States: 1995 Information on the population characteristics of the United States, with detailed discussions of each subject area covered by the Current Population Survey. This is based on the 1995 report, the latest available early in 1997. More recent versions may be added as they become available.

World Resources 1996-97 - Detailed information from the World Resources Institute on every aspect of world's natural resources, with extensive discussions of world population issues and world urbanization. It also contains detailed data tables which you can download if you have the Adobe Acrobat Reader. It can be downloaded for free at:

Demography and Population Studies Page - A page with numerous links to resources related to population studies, including university population studies centers, journals, and sources from which you can download demographic data.

World Population Clock - Get the population of the world - current to the second you log in. If you have Netscape 1.1 or higher, it will automatically reload after 30 seconds, so you can see how many people are added to the world's population in just half a minute. This site also has a link to the United States Population Clock.

Chapter 18

Urban Legends Archive - Want to knowmore about what an urban legend is? Want to hear some urban legends? (LOTS of them, if you like!) Then this is the site for you. (NEW SITE, ADDED 11/20/97)

Chapter 20

Everything Postmodern - A Web site devoted to the idea of postmodernism and theories of postmodernism, with lots of Web links.

24 Hours in Cyberspace - This is the homepage for the biggest collaberative Internet effort ever, which involved hundreds of students, journalists, and computer users on February 8, 1996. Photojournalists, students, and writers from around the world share pictures and stories about how the Internet has changed their lives.