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Sociology: Encyclopedias (Online & Print)



    • Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
      The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology brings together entries written and edited by an international team of scholars and teachers. Over 1800 entries ranging from short definitions of terms to extended explorations of major topics. Includes a timeline and introductions to sociological theories and research that have developed outside of the United States and Western Europe.

    • REF H 41 .I58 2001
      Smelser, Neil J. and Paul B. Baltes, eds. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 26 vols.
      New York: Elsevier, 2001.
      One of the best known, most thorough encyclopedias of the social sciences. An excellent starting point for most research.  Also available online.


    • REF HM 17 .C66 1998b
      Marshall, Gordon, ed. A Dictionary of Sociology. New York:Oxford University Press, 1998
      Use this for quick definitions of terms.
    • REF HM 425 .E5 2000
      Borgatta, Edgar F., ed. Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd ed., 5 vols. New York: Macmillan, 2000
      Lengthy articles with useful bibliographies.
    • REF HM 251 .B476 1995
      Manstead, Antony S.R. and Miles Hewstone, eds. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell,1995
      The fields of psychology and sociology often intersect; this set is a useful illustration of that.
    • REF HQ 1061 .E53 2001
      Maddox, George L., ed. The Encyclopedia of Aging, 3rd ed.New York: Springer Publishing Co., 2001
      Data as well as discussions of issues pertaining to aging from many disciplines.
    • REF HQ 9 .E52 2003
      Ponzetti, James J., ed. International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family. New York: Macmillan, 2003
      Love, sex, co-habitation, partnership, marriage, and family, nationally and internationally.
    • REF HQ 1115 .R69 2000
      Kramarae, Cheris and Dale Spencher, eds. Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women. New York: Routledge,2000.
      The best starting place for research on women; particularly useful for its international focus.

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