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Sociology and Anthropology

This guide contains library resources on Sociology and Anthropology as well as links to internal and external sources on the topic.

Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Need to select a research topic or find background information?  

The Library’s Reference Collection includes subject-focused encyclopedias. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

The Reference Collection also includes a variety of other sources where you can find definitions, maps, statistics, and a multitude of facts.

Why not use Wikipedia? Since Wikipedia is an open-source resource, anyone (perhaps a subject expert, a non-expert, or even someone playing a prank) can create or edit a Wikipedia article. On the other hand, reference books go through an editing and often a fact-checking process, which lends a level of trustworthiness to the information provided.  

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information for Sociology and Anthropology topics.

Recommended Subject-Focused Reference Resources

Biographical Dictionary of Anthropologists

Reference Collection Annex

Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice

Electronic Resource, Volumes 1-3

Encyclopedia of Holidays and Celebrations: A Country-by-Country Guide

Nancy Thompson Library Annex

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World’s Cultures

Main Collection

Encyclopedia of War Crimes and Genocide

Handbook of World Families

Electronic Resource

History of Physical Anthropology

Main Collection

Human Rights and the World's Major Religions

Main Collection

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

Reference Collection -2nd floor

National Geographic Almanac of Geography

Reference Collection -2nd floor

The Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology

Main Collection

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life

Reference Collection -2nd floor

Recommended Online Refernce Databases

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Recommended Multimedia Databases

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