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Medical Sociology

Background Information Sources


Credo Reference - search for definitions of the term “medical sociology” in encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauri, such as these:

Also use this resource to access online texts in the discipline, such as this:

Gale Virtual Reference Library - search the tables of contents or full text of selected reference books in the variety of subjects, including social sciences.  


Cockerham, W. C. (2012). Medical Sociology: 12th Edition – this textbook is on reserve; ask for it at the Library’s Access Services desk.

Borgatta, E.F. (2000). Encyclopedia of Sociology. New York: Macmillan Reference USA. (Oregon Tech Library call number REF HM425.E5 2000).

Ritzer, G. (2005). Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. (Oregon Tech Library call number REF HM425.E47 2005).

Starr, P. (1982). The social transformation of American medicine. New York, Basic Books. 

Looking for Research Articles?

Start with these Electronic Resources/Databases


Academic Search Premier - a multidisciplinary resource with scholarly articles on a broad range of topics in sociology, including medical sociology.

Academic OneFile - another good resource with a variety of scholarly publications regarding medical sociology: journal articles, monographs, and book reviews.

Sage Journals Online – full text research database of the most popular peer-reviewed journals in many disciplines, including sociology. Search for articles, book reviews, and editorials in medical sociology.

Wiley Online Library - collection of online resources in many disciplines, including social and behavioral sciences; covers both books and journals; browse by subject or search by keywords.

Google Scholar - includes peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, articles, etc.  Limited full text. Many full text links point to publisher's sites which sell access. Search it for your topic, and order the articles through the Oregon Tech Library. See these Search Tips to use this resource more efficiently.  

Subject Specific

Social Sciences Abstracts - covers a wide range of interdisciplinary fields from social sciences journals. Relevant subjects include community health and medical care, ethics, family studies, gender studies, psychology, public welfare, social work, and sociology.

PsycINFO - main source of scholarly articles and empirical research in psychology and related disciplines. Includes articles from medical sociology-related journals.

MEDLINE - covers journals in all areas of biomedical sciences, including medical sociology.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition - contains scholarly articles in many medical disciplines including nursing and allied health with some sociological aspects.  

PubMed - developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), this database contains articles in medical and public health journals.

Note:  not all journal articles indexed by the library databases are full text. They can be ordered from another library, and will arrive as attachments to your Oregon tech email.  

Electronic journals in medical sociology

Looking for a book in medical sociology?


Go to Electronic Books and select “Electronic Book Library” to search for books in medical sociology full-text online. Search by keyword or title. Or go to the Oregon Tech Library online catalog to find a wide collection of e-books.

Examples of titles: 

The books not in the Oregon Tech Library’s collection can be requested from another library online.  

Print Books

To find books and other items go to the Library online catalog. Use it to find materials in the Oregon Tech Library's collections and through the Summit. Summit provides access to materials from 37 academic libraries in Oregon, Washington and Idaho for Oregon Tech students, faculty and staff.  

Try these Library of Congress call number ranges to find books on the shelf or in the Summit catalog:

  • HV687.5.U5 – Social Work Issues in Health Care
  • R730, R733 - Practice of Medicine, Medical Practice Economics
  • R835 - Medical Education, Medical Schools, Research
  • RA418 – Medicine and Society, Social Medicine, Medical Sociology
  • RA788.4 - Public Health, Hygiene, Preventive Medicine
  • RC49 - Psychosomatic Medicine

Selected Websites

Medical Sociology Guide - reference resource in the fields of medical sociology and medical anthropology, developed for students, professors, librarians, researchers, and health professionals. Includes selected bibliographic entries for print and electronic books, websites, and audiovisual materials arranged by topic. Lists of relevant journals, databases, academic programs, and professional organizations also are included.

Medical Sociology Online (MSo) - a free access, peer-reviewed journal of the British Sociological Association MedSoc Group, and a portal for news and information relating to medical sociology. Promotes the work of all sections of the medical sociology academic community, including postgraduate students and first time authors, as well as those established in the field. It publishes quality, peer-reviewed research articles, commentaries and book reviews in the field of medical sociology along with papers from the annual MedSoc Group Conference.

Journal of Health and Social Behavior – free access to full text; by Sage Publications.

Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods - lists of free resources for Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods:  surveys, focus groups, sampling, interviews, and other methods.

Bibliography of reference titles in medical sociology, medical anthropology and health psychology - a list of 28 sources with descriptions, strengths and weaknesses. Designed to provide students, professors, librarians, researchers, and practitioners with basic information about introductory reference texts in medical sociology, medical anthropology, and health psychology.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Global Health Observatory Data Repository

U.S .National Library of Medicine (NLM)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

American Medical Association (AMA)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  

Professional Societies and Associations

American Sociological Association, Medical Sociology Section

Clinical Social Work Association

Medical Sociology Guide: Professional Organizations

European Society for Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS) 

The British Sociological Association (BSA), Medical Sociology Study Group (MedSoc)

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

Society for Social Medicine (SSM)

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Last updated February 2013