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Library Resources for S163 Social Problems: Finding Encyclopedias

This guide lists some basic information resources for Social Problems S163

Why use reference books?

We collect reference books so that you can have access to high-quality, factual information.   Reference books include dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and almanacs.  Reference books are a good place to go if you need facts, background information on a topic, or statistics.

Reference books do not circulate--that means you cannot check them out--but you are welcome to use them while you're here in the library.  The reference section is located behind the reference desk, which is the desk straight ahead of you once you enter the library.

Specialized Encyclopedias

 In the reference area, you’ll see many specialized encyclopedias that cover a wide variety of subjects. Here are a few examples:

Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology : a user's guide to sociological language

Handbook of the sociology of gender

American Attitudes : what Americans think about the issues that shape their lives

Status of women in Indiana : politics, economics, health, rights, demographics

Encyclopedia of Family Life
Call Number:  HQ534.E53 1999 (STACKS)

There are many other specialized encyclopedias available as electronic books. You can find them listed in IUCAT and use them online.