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Social Sciences: Books

A collection of information resources and guidance for Social Sciences students

Most borrowed Social Sciences books

Cover of Social Research Methods
Cover of Anti-Discriminatory Practice:  equality, diversity and social justice
cover of Criminology


Ebooks are available from each university - these can be accessed from home and in most cases can be used by multiple people at once.

Search your university LibrarySearch, and select ebooks from the left-hand menu. If no ebook option appears, it simply means we don't have any ebooks for that search, but you can always try a different search.


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Introduction - Books, books, books

Books are an essential resource for academic study (though you will need to go beyond them!). Luckily, we have well over 100,000 of them in the Drill Hall Library, and access to thousands of electronic books as well.

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You can find physical and electronic books through your university LibrarySearch, using the options in the left-hand menu.

  • Kent - go to LibrarySearch and ensure you are logged in.
  • Greenwich - log in to the Portal, go to the My Learning (students) or Learning Support (staff) page and click the link to LibrarySearch from here. Ensure you log in. This works much more effectively than going directly to LibrarySearch.
  • CCCU - go to LibrarySearch and ensure you are logged in.

Search the Drill Hall Library catalogue

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Important dewey areas for Social Sciences

Subject Dewey number
Research methods 001.4
Social research 300.72
Sociology 301
Anthropology and culture 306
Politics 320-329
Welfare state 361.65
Alcohol and drugs 362
Housing 363
Subject Dewey number
Law 340-349
Criminology 364
Subject Dewey number
General psychology 150-159
Emotions 152.4
Cognition 153.4
Intelligence 153.9
Developmental psychology 155
Neuroscience 612.82
Subject Dewey number
Social work 361.3
Group work 361.4

Perplexed by Dewey?

Books in our library are arranged according to a system called Dewey Decimal Classification.

Drag to arrange the images below in the right order. If you can do this, finding books on the shelves will be a breeze! 

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We try really hard to make sure that you have access to all the resources you need. 

If you:

  • cannot find a reading list text on LibrarySearch
  • think there are too few copies of a text in the library
  • want something specific for your own interest or research

then please send us an email or speak to one of your student representatives.