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Reference Books

Reference Books - such as encyclopedias and directories -  are useful for topic overviews, historical background, statistics, images, maps, and more. Here are some suggested Reference Book titles in Communications-related subject areas. Reference books can be found in the general collection area on the lower level.



Dictionary of the Social Sciences REF 300 D53
Encyclopedia of Social Sciences REF 300 S63
The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods REF 300.72 S24
Dictionary of Qualitative Inquiry REF 300.72 S39d
The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology REF 301 A24
Encyclopedia of Sociology REF 301 E531
A Modern Dictionary of Sociology REF 301.03 T38m
The International Encyclopedia of Sociology REF 301.0321 I58 1984
Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America REF 305.8 G35
Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America: Primary Documents REF 305.8 G351
Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures REF 307.76 E53
Social Work Dictionary REF 361 B37s
Encyclopedia of Social Work REF 361.303 E53
Social worker's Desk Reference REF 361.32 S63

Online Reference Books

Two of the library’s databases allow you to do keyword searches across a large selection of high quality reference works online, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and directories. These works help you find topic overviews, statistics, images, maps, and more. Because they have full text online, you can access these materials any time using any computer.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Over 70 cross-searchable reference works.
Oxford Reference Online Premium Over 190 cross-searchable reference works published by Oxford University Press, including Oxford Companions, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.


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Tedra Richter
Tedra Richter
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