Online encyclopedias or encyclopedia collections can be searched by keywords to find background information on a concept, such as 'consumer' and 'china' or 'china' and 'development.'
Be sure to look at the end of the articles for a 'bibliography' or 'further reading' suggestions.
Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology online
Entries writting by international scholars, including several Cornell faculty. A key resource for the field of sociology.
Also available in print
Ritzer, George, ed.
Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2007
LOCATION: Olin Library Reference (Non-Circulating)
Call Number: Oversize HM425 .B53 2007+
GVRL (Gale virtual reference library)
Provides searchable full-text e-book versions of many reference works, including multi-volume encyclopedias such as the
Encyclopedia of environmental ethics and philosophy
Encyclopedia of food and culture
Encyclopedia of sociology (McMillin Pub.)
Sage reference online (now called Sage Knowledge)
A database of full-text reference books covering the social sciences, including encyclopedias and handbooks such as the
Encyclopedia of consumer culture
Encyclopedia of consumption and waste
Encyclopedia of environment and society
Encyclopedia of world poverty
Sage handbook of healthcare