Value of encyclopedias

Encyclopedias are great for:

  •  locating authoritative, high quality information
     
  •  choosing a topic
     
  •  educating yourself quickly
     
  •  gaining background information easily (major ideas, theories, events, people)
     
  •  identifying variant spellings, vocabulary, terminology
     
  •  finding a bibliography (list of selected, important  references for further reading)

Online encyclopedia collection

Sage Reference Online
A searchable database of hundreds of reference books covering the social science including the:

  • Encyclopedia of Human Development
  • Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • The Social History of the American Family

Method & Theory

Sage research methods

Encyclopedia of social theory (Also in print: Olin Reference HM425 .E47 2005)

Wiley Encyclopedia of social theory (Also in print: Olin Reference H61 .T967 2018)

Sociology encyclopedias

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