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Getting To Know Your Topic: Reference & Background Sources
Background sources--like dictionaries and subject encyclopedias--provide contextual information and answer straight-forward questions. They include definitions, statistics and other details. Below is a selection of reference and background sources in the social sciences.
Education in Crisis: A Reference Handbook
A description and critique of education reform in the United States since the 1950s, focusing on the current condition of American schools and efforts to increase both educational opportunity and overall excellence.
The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology
Featuring numerous entries, from concise definitions to discursive essays, written by leading international academics, the Dictionary offers a truly global perspective, examining both American and European traditions and approaches.
The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Psychology
Psychology covers the whole span of human activity from childhood development, to the study of the elusive concept of consciousness to disorders, such as those based around anxiety, mood and eating. The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Psychology addresses all these issues and more, and is a core reference for any student of psychology.
Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science
The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science is a clear and lively introduction to the terminology of political science for students and general readers.
Routledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Combining anthropological theory and ethnography, it includes 275 substantial entries, over 300 short biographies of important figures in anthropology, and nearly 600 glossary items.
Evaluating Reference Sources
Curious about how to evaluate reference and information sources in the social sciences? These helpful resources will provide you with some basic guidelines for evaluating materials.
More Guides to the Literature of the Social Sciences
ALA Guide to Sociology and Psychology Reference
Call Number: Z7164.S68 A53 2011
Includes versions of traditional indexes, periodicals and scholarly journals, online statistical data sets, and websites and thoroughly covers sociology and psychology reference options.
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