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Sociology - Research Guide: Overview

A selective guide to reference works in Sociology that goes beyond the basics. Includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guides to the literature, bibliographies, finding books, using indexes, annual reviews, style guides, and other resources.


This guide introduces major resources in sociology.

  • See Getting Started for useful reference works, including encyclopedias, handbooks, and bibliographies that aid in understanding a topic.
  • See Books and Journals and Articles for how to search Penn's catalog and relevant article databases.
  • Research Tools lists style guides, writing manuals, research methods handbooks, and citation management tools.

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Lauris Olson
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