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Sociology 75: Sociology of Violence

This guide is designed to support students in Sociology 75: Sociology of Violence

Using This Guide

Welcome to the Tisch Library guide for SOC 75: Sociology of Violence. This guide is organized by types of resources:

  • Reference sources - These sources provide important background and contextual information on your subject. Reference sources include bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks. A reference source usually provides an overview of a topic without arguing for a specific perspective on the topic. You can use this type of source to help narrow your research topic, find data to support your thesis, and identify keywords and main ideas to use as search terms.
  • Books and scholarly articles - These sources provide in-depth information on a topic while also arguing for a specific perspective on the topic. These types of sources are useful for analysis and for learning about scholarly perspectives on your topic.
  • Data and Statistics - Find primary data on violent crime in the United States. Data and statistics are available through various government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and research institutions.

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Data and Statistics

  • National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)
    • Primary source for information on crime victimization statistics in US. Data collected annually on nonfatal personal crimes and household property crimes
  • Gun Violence Archive
    • Not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online
  • Stanford Mass Shootings in America
    • The Stanford Mass Shootings of America (MSA) data project was begun in 2012 in reaction to the mass shooting in Sandy Hook, CT. In our initial attempts to map this phenomena it was determined that no comprehensive collection of these incidents existed online. The Stanford Geospatial Center set out to create, as best we could, a single point repository for as many mass shooting events as could be collected via online media. The result was the Stanford MSA


see also: Crime and Law Enforcement page of Tisch Library's Social Science Data and Statistics Research Guide