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SOC102 Social Problems: Introductory Resources

Credo Reference

Credo Reference

Search across hundreds of encyclopedias, handbooks, and other reference sources online, including several subject-specific sources, through this database. 

Titles include:

World of Criminal Justice
Dictionary of Conflict Resolution
Dictionary of Law
Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture and the Law
World of Sociology
Reader’s Guide to the Social Sciences

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Use these resources for background information.  They often also provide lists of other resources that will be helpful on a given topic.

Encyclopedia of Women and Gender
Reference (1st Floor) HQ1115 .E43 2001

Discusses issues relating to women in modern society, including entries on health and reproductive concerns, child care, hate crimes, women and work, and gender and education.

The Idea of Race
Book shelves (3rd Floor) GN269 .I34 2000    

Provides lengthy articles on the concept and construction of race in an array of different contexts.

Introductory Resources

Why encyclopedias?

These resources will give you good background information and introduce you to a general topic's history and current situation.  They often also provide lists of other resources that will be helpful on a given topic.

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Use these resources for background information.  They often also provide lists of other resources that will be helpful on a given topic.

Terrorism in the 20th Century: A Narrative Encyclopedia from the Anarchists, through the Weathermen, to the Unabomber
Reference (1st Floor) HV6431.N366 1998

Discusses terrorism from a historical perspective, from the U.S.’s first exposure to terrorists, up to the year of writing (note that the volume was published in 1998). 

Encyclopedia of Women and Crime
Reference (1st Floor) HV6046.E56 2000

Presents short (average about a page) entries on topics relating to women and crime: offenses and theories of offending, victims and victimology, policing and courts, and punishment and treatment. 

International Handbook on Drug Control
Reference (1st Floor)  HV6789.H25 1998 

Outlines the problem of illicit drug trading worldwide, then surveys the situation in particular countries and regions.

Standards of Schooling in the United States: An Encyclopedia
Book Shelves (2nd Floor) LB2822.82 .S82 2001 

Topics discussed in this work include bilingual education, class and socioeconomics, justice and education, and sexuality and education.  Entries are lengthy and include bibliographies.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States
Reference (1st Floor) E184.S75 O97 2005

Entries range from those describing influential individuals and social groups to general discussions of culture, history, and tradition.  A works cited follows each entry.

 

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