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Subject Specific Encyclopedias
A good encyclopedia can provide beginning researchers with the following:
- an overview of a topic and its various aspects
- the vocabulary associated with the topic
- the names of important people, companies or places,
- a bibliography to lead to other relevant items on the topic, including major studies, books, articles and researchers.
Some good examples are:
- Encyclopedia of Social Measurement (Ref/ 300.72/E56L/2005)
- Encyclopedia of Sociology (Ref/ 301.03/E562B/2000)
Databases for Topic Selection and Background Information
Contains fulltext reports that focus on a specific topic that is newsworthy or of broad interest. Topics include health, social issues and crime.
Collection of fulltext reference books.