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Sociology: Definitions

Reference works

General dictionaries and encyclopedia:


General dictionaries and encyclopaedias for the social sciences cover major theorists / writers and major concepts and terminology used in the social sciences. Others deal more specifically with sociology, others even more specifically with topics within sociology eg multiculturalism, feminism, religion etc. To see if the library holds specific ones in your area of interest check the library catalogue. Use Search and type in keywords such as encyclopedias and sociology, for example:

  • encyclopedias AND sociology (for sociology encyclopedias)
  • dictionaries AND sociology (for sociology dictionaries)

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General reference links:

Selected dictionaries and encyclopedias online

Blackwell Reference Online