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This guide offers resources that are useful for your research in sociology.

Institutional Repositories & OA Presses

This is a selected list, representing only a small slice of what exists. IRs are working hard to be well indexed for discoverability on the web, so a comprehensive list should be unnecessary.

Open Access Data Sources

Open Access Academic Journals

Collections of Open Access Journals
Notable OA Anthropology Journals
  • Cultural Anthropology is currently partially OA, but will convert to full-OA as of January 2014
  • The SAA Archaeological Record Launched in January 2001, The SAA Archaeological Record is issued five times a year. It is a four-color magazine encompassing SAA business, commentary, news, regular columns, software reviews, job listings, opinions, and articles
Notable OA Sociology Journals

Open University Courses

  • MIT Open Courseware
  • Open Culture is compiling lists of many OA resources, including this list of free courses in the social sciences from the world's top universities.


  • The Society Pages is a website maintained by the University of Minnesota’s Department of Sociology. It provides the online hosting for the well-known Contexts magazine(not OA), but is more notable here, for the many prominent sociology blogs it hosts; one of the best known ones being Sociological Images.
  • has compiled a large list of links of high-quality anthropology-focused blogs.
  • Family Inequality is a notable sociology blog, and offers a robust list of links to other sociology blogs in its Blogroll.
  • Anthro{dendum} is one of the main outlets for OA discussions in anthropology. (Fomerly "Savage Minds")

Academic Social Networking

A brief selection of some sites that offer free self-archiving & file-sharing services combined with social-networking.