Sometimes it's best to start is with the broadest search engines.
Use Summon to search everything in the library's collection. Find books or articles this way.
Use Google Scholar to search a broader range of scholarship, some of which may not be in the library's collection (but is available through interlibrary loan). (Using Google Scholar effectively.) Primarily good for articles, can be good for books, especially if you're doing a deep dive.
If you are unfamiliar with doing research at the university level, check out the tips and tutorials in our Introduction to Library Research.
If you want to start with more focused resources, the following databases are the best for sociology.
Use Google Scholar for a broader search. Set your browser settings so Google Scholar can let you know when its results are in the library's collection. (How to set your browser settings to let Google Scholar connect you to the library databases.)
If you want some insight on doing research at the university level, check out the tips and tutorials in our Introduction to Library Research.