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Sociology: Background Info

This guide provides descriptions of commonly used library resources for sociological research.

About Reference Sources

Reference works, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, provide background information on a topic and are especially useful at the beginning of a research project. They can help you:

  • get an overview of a topic
  • gather fast facts
  • define terms, theories, and people in an area
  • focus your argument
  • find further readings written by experts in the field

Online Encyclopedias

For additional encyclopedias in print, search BobCat for the subject heading:  

Sociology -- Encyclopedias

Oxford University Press Online