Sociology: Encyclopedias & Handbooks
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Search for entries across encyclopedias in the Social Sciences. Subject coverage includes counseling, criminology, education, geography, health and social care, media and communication, politics science, psychology, and sociology.
Encyclopedias are tremendously useful resources, especially for researching a new topic. Encyclopedias provide summaries of research topics to get you up to speed quickly: important research findings and researchers, discussions and critiques of theoretical models and methodologies. The summary is followed by a bibliography, leading you to the important articles and books in that area.
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Handbooks are similar to encyclopedias, but more focused and more in-depth on a specific area. Handbooks typically have 5-10 pages of citations at the end of the summary, great for discovering the citations you need for your research.