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SOC 201: Navigating Social Worlds: Reference Materials

Reference Books--General Sociology

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.

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.

Reference Books--Subject Specific

Subject Librarian

Online Encyclopedias

Reference Books--Research Methods

Statistical Information

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:

Willamette University

Willamette University Libraries

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street.
Salem Oregon 97301
Pacific Northwest College of Art Library
511 NW Broadway.
Portland Oregon 97209