Background exploration of a topic is crucial to good research. Reference encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks are the tools to use if you want to get an overview of a subject, find definitions of terms, get biographical information on a key figure in the field, or locate recommended lists of readings.
Background sources include special databases as well as individual print and electronic reference book titles. Take a look at some of the recommended resources for sociology.
CREDO s a database that is useful for background. CREDO contains a collection of electronic reference titles including specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and biographical sources.
DISCOVER searches Ebsco databases, the Boreham Catalog, and some other databases like JSTOR.
Proquest searches across 30 Proquest databases - no books.
This is a guide to information resources for Sociology. As you do your research, you can click on the tabs above to find out how to get articles, books, and other resources. Before beginning research, it is a good idea to do some background exploration of a topic.
"Rush Hour" from the National Archives
These print reference books are available in the Boreham Library and are shelved on the second floor by call number.
These are some electronic books accessible from the Boreham Library catalog.