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Reference Books--General Sociology & Theory
Below are key reference books that provide a general overview
of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include
references and lists of further readings.
Websites for the Class
Global Social Theory
"This site is intended as a free resource for students, teachers, academics, and others interested in social theory and wishing to understand it in global perspective. It emerges from a long-standing concern with the parochiality of standard perspectives on social theory and seeks to provide an introduction to a variety of theorists and theories from around the world."
Resource site for Soc 124: Global Sociology: Nation/Empire/Race/Gender.
Oxford Reference Online
100 well-known and trusted dictionaries and reference books combined into a single cross-searchable web database.
Reference Books--Subject Specific
Authoritative Reference Sources vs Wikipedia
Wikipedia is a great resource for getting general info about something, but because anyone can contribute or change its content it is considered unreliable. College faculty typically do not consider Wikipedia a credible information source.
Instead, use the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to backup the basic information of your research paper. These resources have gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy. To the right and above are some resources that may be of use.
Looking for statistical information? There are many places to find statistics...newspapers, journal articles, web pages. Below are just a couple of places that might be helpful:
How to Find Statistics
This is a library guide created by Gary Klein who is the liaison librarian for Atkinson, Economics, Psychology, and Civic Communication and Media at the Hatfield Library. He is also the library's Statistics Guru.
Pew Research Center
"Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research."
Statistical Abstract of the United States
A comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organizations of the United States.