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SOCL 390 (SOC 4098): Senior Seminar in Sociology (Lowe) Fall 2021: Course Guide

Librarian: Michelle Hendley

Finding Reference Sources

Conspiracies and Secret Societies (2006)

An online encyclopedia on conspiracy theories.  Lists of books, articles and websites are included at the end of each encyclopedia article.  May be a useful source for locating references to primary source documents and non-scholarly material.  The full text of the encyclopedia is available in EBSCOhost Points of View Reference Center.

Finding Scholarly Print and Electronic Books in Milne Library

Library Catalog

Find books, journals, and other material housed at Milne Library and other SUNY libraries.

To search for books in Milne Library, click on the Search tab on the library’s home page. Then select Advanced Search. Then click on Sign in and login using your SUNY Oneonta username and password.  Once signed in, select Library Catalog and change Material Type from All items to Books. Enter search terms and click on SEARCH.

You can limit your search results to Available online (e-books) or Held by Library (print books).  Library staff will retrieve physical books from the collection for students.

To expand the search to locate books at other SUNY libraries, select SUNY CatalogEnter search terms and click on SEARCH. Books that are in other SUNY libraries will be indicated by Check for available services >.  To request the book, click on Check for available services > then click on Resource Sharing. Scroll down to the link, SEND REQUEST. Click on the link.

Finding Scholarly Print Books in other Libraries


Comprehensive database of books, journals, and media owned by libraries in the United States.  Requires a SUNY Oneonta login from off-campus. To search WorldCat, click on the WorldCat tab and select the link WorldCat FirstSearch.

Finding Scholarly Journal Articles

Finding a Copy of a Periodical Article from a Database

Locating the full text of the article in electronic form

Full text articles available directly in databases are indicated by HTML Full Text or PDF Full Text.  Full text articles available with the wording such as Linked Full Text are available in another database.  Clicking on the link will connect either to the full text article or the other database.

Requesting an article on interlibrary loan

If you find an article from a periodical that is not available at Milne Library, you can request the article using the library’s interlibrary loan service.  See a librarian for help. 

 Finding an article in a specific journal

  • Use the Journals tab on the library home page. 
  • Enter the title of the journal or magazine, for example, Critical Sociology, in the search box. 
  • Look for the journal title in the results list.
  • Online journals are available online through the link, Available Online.  If the journal is in print, its availability and location in the library will be indicated.  An example of a journal that is available both online and in print is below:


Current history (New York, N.Y. : 1941)


Available at Milne Library Periodicals Collection, Reading Room, 1st floor (D410 .C82) and other locations

 Available Online 

  • To obtain an online copy of an article, click on the Available Online link and go to the section, Full text availability, and click on an appropriate database.
  • Link to the correct issue of the periodical (note the year, issue, volume number, and pages numbers of the article).

Finding Primary Source Documents

Streaming Video Databases

Newspaper and Magazine Databases

Finding Polling/Survey Data

Online and Print Resources in Milne Library

The Gallup Poll Public Opinion  1935-1948 to 2017 (Circulating Collection HN90.P8 G34)

The Gallup poll cumulative index : public opinion, 1935-1997 (Circulating Collection HN90.P8 G35 1999)

As the only complete compilation of polls taken by the Gallup Organization, The Gallup Poll is an invaluable tool for ascertaining the pulse of American public opinion throughout the year and for documenting changing perceptions over time of crucial core issues. 

Gallup Poll Briefing

Periodical that provides Gallup Poll News Service data and analysis.  The periodical is located in the database Business Search Complete.

Polling Data Websites Specific to Conspiracy Theories

The Economist/YouGov Poll (December 17 - 20, 2016 - 1376 US Adults)

Questions 46-54 relate to conspiracy theories

Public Policy Polling: Conspiracies (April 2013)

PPP’s conspiracy-theory questions find that Republicans are more likely than Democrats to believe various government-related conspiracy theories.

Public Policy Polling: Conspiracies (Oct 2013)

Additional polling questions regarding conspiracy theory belief in the U.S.

Emerson Polling (August 2019)

Report on 2019 poll which covers select current conspiracies (Epstein, QANON) with links to full poll results.

Other Polling Data

Ipsos News and Polls

Pew Research Center

“Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.”

Locating primary sources/non-scholarly material using an Internet search engine

To begin a search for non-scholarly information on your topic using Google, Bing or another Internet search engine, use terms such as the words describing the conspiracy theory (e.g. vaccines cause autism, 9/11 cover-up, alien abduction) and individual(s) and/or organization(s) who proliferate the conspiracy (e.g. Jenny McCarthy, Andrew Wakefield, Dylan Avery).

Revised: September 3, 2021