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Subject-focused research tools for Sociology

Reference Books

Choosing a paper topic or need background information on a sociological concept? Subject-focused encyclopedias and dictionaries are a good place to start. 

  • Oxford Dictionary of Sociology Shelves HM425 .D5735 2005
  • Encyclopedia of Sociology: Reference HM425 .E5 2000
  • Dictionary of Sociology: Shelves HM425 .L39 2001
  • Style Guide by the American Sociological Association: Ready Reference HM569 .A54 2019 (Ask at front desk)

Why use reference works?

Consider using encyclopedias and other reference sources when you begin researching a topic. Some encyclopedias will provide more in-depth information than others, but any general encyclopedia is a good source to consult for background information of your chosen subject area. Most encyclopedias provide the following:

  • Main concepts, including names, dates, places
  • Keywords and subject terms related to topic
  • Lists of related articles or additional resources

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