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Sociology Resource Guide: Find Background Information

Introductory study of small and large scale human social interaction and social organizations.

Why Use Reference Materials?

Reference Materials such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful:

  • to look up quick facts and definitions.
  • to provide a quick overview of a topic.
  • to develop vocabulary or keywords for searching.
  • to find suggestions of additional sources.

Selected Electronic Sociology Dictionaries

Below are six dictionaries of sociology that include not only entries for concepts but also for biographical information on individual sociologists.  Other dictionaries on topics related to sociology can be found by searching the databases provided on this page.

Selected Electronic Anthropology Reference Books

Below are several anthropology dictionaries and encyclopedias.  Additional electronic books can be found by searching the databases provided on this page.

Selected Reference Databases

You will find these databases useful for finding facts, definitions, and topic overviews.

Selected Electronic Sociology Encyclopedias

Below are four encyclopedias.  Additional electronic reference books can be found by searching the databases provided on this page.

Essays on Sociology from the Electronic Reference Databases

Below are a couple of entries on sociology from the reference databases listed on this page.  Explore these databases to see what else you can find on sociology and related subjects.