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Reference Materials

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

See also the section on Theories and Concepts

Collections of Many Online Reference Books in one place:

Credo Reference     and    Gale eBooks / Gale Virtual Reference Library   and   Salem Press

Oxford Reference and Sage Knowledge Reference also have thousands of scholarly, academic articles, but they are a bit more difficult to use.   Click here to find instructions on how to use these collections of reference books.

The A to Z of Social Science Research

Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. Reference HM 425 .C36 2006

Cassells's Peoples, Nations, and Cultures

The Complete Encyclopedia of Signs & Symbols : Identification and Analysis of the Visual Vocabulary that Formulates our Thoughts and Dictates our Reactions to the World around Us.  Reference AZ 108 .C 65 2011

Cultural Encounters:  Critical Insights to Literature

Dictionary of Gestures:  Expressive Comportments and Movements in Use Around the World.   Reference   P 117 .C 713 2018

Dictionary of Global Culture.  General  CB 9 .D 53 1997

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.

Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World

Encyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience   Reference  HQ 1073 .E544 2009

Encyclopedia of Global Studies 

Encyclopedia of Human Relationships

Encyclopedia of Power. 

Encyclopedia of Social Networks.

Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures. Reference HQ 1170 .E53 2003

Etiquette and Taboos around the World : A Geographic Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Customs.

Explaining Human Culture, an encyclopedia from HRAF:  The Human Relations Area Files

The Global Encyclopedia of Informality:  Volume 2, Understanding of Social and Cultural Complexity

Historical Dictionary of Women in the Middle East and North Africa

International Dictionary of Sports and Games.   Reference  GV 567 .C 8 1979

International Encyclopedia of Adolescence.  Reference HQ 796 .I 58 2007

International Encyclopedia of Media Studies

International Encyclopedia of Political Science

International Encyclopedia of Social Policy Reference ; HN18.3 .I58 2010

Mapping the Nation (an interactive map showing how the U.S. is connected to others globally)

On the Job:  An Encyclopedia of Unique Occupations around the World

 Dictionary of the Social Sciences. Reference ; H41 .D53 2002

Open Education Sociology Dictionary

Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior.  Reference HM 866 .E 93 2009

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Intergroup Communication

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women

Principles of Sociology:  Group Relationships and Behavior.  Reference HM 716 .P 756 2018

Principles of Sociology:  Personal Relationships and Behavior.  Reference HM 1106 .P 756 2018

Principles of Sociology:  Societal Issues and Behavior.   Reference  HN 18.3 .P 756 2018

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture. Reference HQ 76.96. R68 2011

Gerstner, David A., 1963-

Sage Dictionary of Cultural Studies.

Sage Dictionary of Leisure Studies

Sage Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies

Sage Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence.

21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook

Wellness around the World:  An International Encyclopedia of Health Indicators, Practices, and Issues

World Education Encyclopedia

COD Library databases for finding Statistics

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