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Resources in Social Sciences

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Encyclopedias & Bibliographies

Chronology of World History Mellersh, H. E. L.
D11 .M39 1999 Reference
Encyclopedia of World Cultures Ed. David Levinson. Boston: G.K. Hall. A ten—volume encyclopedia that examines cultural groups around the world. Each volume covers a geographic region, broken down into the various cultural groups and diaspora found in those regions. Bibliographies accompany entries and vol. 10 provides a “List of Cultures by Country”, “Ethnonym Index”, and an extensive “Subject Index.”
GN 307 E53 1991 Reference
International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences Ed. David L. Sills. New York: Macmillan. A nineteen—volume work covering ideas, topics, and figures in the social sciences. Articles are signed and contain bibliographies. Vol. 18 provides biographical overviews of major figures in the social sciences and vol. 19 provides quotations of major importance. The work is well—indexed.
H 40 A215 Reference
International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral SciencesUofT logo An electronic resource covering numerous aspects of the social sciences. The section on sociology provides overviews of major areas and topics within sociology. Topics are cross—referenced with related topics, and articles have reference lists for further reading. This resource has a search function.
The Blackwell dictionary of modern social thought 2nd ed. Ed. William Outhwaite. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
H41 .B53 2003 Reference
The Social Science Encyclopedia Ed. Adam Kuper & Jessica Kuper. London; New York: Routledge. A single volume quick—reference encyclopedia providing introductions to topics and figures in the social sciences. Less detailed than the above work.
H 41 S63 2004 Reference
Handbook of Social Theory Eds. George Ritzer & Barry Smart. London; Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Divided into three sections, this book critically examines the historical tradition, contemporary theory, and current issues in social theory. Essays include lengthy articles on particular theorists and their work (e.g., Marx, Comte, Mannheim, Weber, Foucault) as well as lengthy bibliographies for further reading.
H61.15 .H36 2001 Stacks
The handbook of economic sociology 2nd ed. Eds. Neil J. Smelser and Richard Swedberg.
HM35 .H35 2005 Reference
Encyclopedia of Sociology 2nd ed. Ed. Edgar F. Borgatta. Detroit: Macmillan Reference. A topic—driven five—volume encyclopedia that provides essay—length explorations of major subjects and ideas, but not major figures (e.g. entry for Marxist sociology but not Karl Marx), in sociology. Major figures can be found in the index with references to entries where they appear. All articles are signed and contain extensive bibliographies. This work provides concise overviews of major arears in current and historical sociology.
HM 17 E5 2000 Reference
Encyclopedia of Social Theory Ed. George Ritzer. As a source for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary social theory, it examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them, presenting them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses.
HM425 .E47 2005 Reference
Sociology Basics Ed. Carl L. Bankston III. Pasadena, CA; Hackensack, NJ: Salem Press. A two—volume work covering key areas in sociology. Individual entries contain a glossary of key terms, overviews, applications, social contexts, bibliographies and cross—referenced entries. NB: this is a circulating item and can be found in the stacks.
HM 425 S63 2000 Stacks
21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook Eds. Clifton D. Bryant and Dennis L. Peck. Thousand Oaks, [Calif.] : SAGE Publications. Provides an extensive review of the main specialty areas within international sociology as it is today. In each chapter, the authors have examined the historical development of their particular area, summarized the current state of knowledge, and suggested future research directions.
HM 585 .A13 2007 Reference 2 vols.
World of Sociology Ed. Joseph M. Palminsano. Detroit: Gale. A very recent reference work, this two—volume set is especially useful for its short entires on topics that incorporate current issues (e.g. cloning as an example of ’cultural lag‘). The work is well cross—referenced but does not contain suggested further reading. A historical chronology in vol. 2 provides a compact history of the ideas and figures in sociology.
HM 585 W67 2001 Reference
Human Values and Beliefs: A Cross—Cultural Sourcebook Inglehart, Ronald; Basañez, Miguel; & Moreno, Alejandro. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. This volume “enables the reader to examine the basic values and attitudes of the peoples of more than 40 societies around the world” (from the introduction). Tables provide basic statistics for societal attitudes towards topics in ecology, economy, education, emotions, family, gender/sexuality, government and politics, health, leisure, morality, religion, society and nation, and work. The statistics are from the 1990—1993 World Values Survey.
HM 73 I544 1998 Reference
Encyclopedia of Social History Ed. Peter N. Stearns. New York: Garland. Provides a chronological overview of the development of ideas, ideologies, and methodological approaches to the study of social history. Short bibliographies accompany signed entries.
HN 28 .E53 1994 Reference

Also available online
Encyclopedia of the City Ed. Caves, Roger W. London ; New York : Routledge, 2005.
HT108.5 .E63 2005 Reference
Sociology: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources 3rd Ed. Aby, Stephen H. Lists bibliographies, indexes, abstracts, databases, guides, handbooks, and dictionaries and encyclopedias for finding information for various social science disciplines as well as particular fields within sociology. An excellent resource for when you don’t know where or how to begin looking for information.
Z7164 S68A24 2005 Reference


Dictionary of the Social SciencesUofT logo Ed. Craig Calhoun. New York: Oxford UP.
H 41 D53 2002 Reference
Also Available Online
Dictionary of SociologyUofT logo 3rd ed. Eds. John Scott and Gordon Marshall. Oxford; New York: Oxford UP. Briefly defines terms, describes the major concepts of sociology, and includes some biographical entries for sociologists.
HM17 .E53 2005 Reference
Also Available Online
Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology: A User’s Guide to Sociological Language Johnson, Alan G. Malden, MA; Oxford: Blackwell.
HM 17 J64 2000 Reference
The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology Ed. Bryan S. Turner. Cambridge [England]; New York: Cambridge UP. A source for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary social theory. Examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them, presenting them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses.
HM424 C36 2006 Reference


Writing in the Dark: Phenomenological Studies in Interpretive Inquiry Max Van. Manen London, Ont.: Althouse Press.
HB829.5 .W75 2002 Reference
Philosophy of Social Science Alexander Rosenberg. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press.
H61 .R668 2008 3rd Ed. Stacks
Handbook of Research Methods: A Guide for Practitioners and Students in the Social Sciences Sproull, Natalie L. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press.
Q180.55 M4S67 1995 Reference
Research Strategies: Finding Your Way through the Information Fog Badke, William. San Jose: Writers Club Press.
Z 710 B22 2000 Reference

Article Databases

Expanded Academic Index, 1980 – present UofT logo
CSA Francis
(Humanities & Social Sciences) UofT logo
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
(IBSS Extra) (1981 – present)UofT logo
Left Index, 1982 – present UofT logo
Proquest UofT logo
Social Science Abstracts UofT logo
Social Sciences Citation Index
(Social Science coverage 1956 – present) UofT logo
Sociological Abstracts, 1963 – present UofT logo
Gender Studies Database UofT logo Combines Women’s Studies International, Men’s Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies databases with relevant contributions from the Child Development & Adolescent Studies as well as Family & Society Studies Worldwide databases
Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective,
1907 –1984 UofT logo
Indexes scholarly journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences and Scientific journals.

See also UTL e–indexes for Sociology & Social Sciences

Sociology on the WWW

Social Sciences Resources: Sociology and Anthropology An extensive list of links to various Web resources in sociology and anthropology. The list is maintained by McGraw—Hill Ryerson and forms part of the site. Using the Web for Social Research, by Craig McKie.
WWW Virtual Library: Sociology An excellent resource from McMaster University that provides links to quality summaries of major theorists’ work and bibliographies.
The Sociolog An extensive guide to sociology resources available online. Especially useful are the “Sociology Links”.
Sociology Dictionary A quick reference online dictionary for sociological terms. Terms listed alphabetically, but unfortunately the site is not searchable.
Sociology Internet Resources from SUNY@Albany
A Sociological Tour through cyberspace An excellent selection of useful links for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
SocioSite A “megasite” from the Sociological Institute of the University of Amsterdam that groups sociology resources into 24 categories including subject areas, data archives, e-journals, departments, centres, and other resource guides and sites.
Dead Sociologists’ Society Overviews of major theorists in sociology, including biographical sketches and theoretical summaries.
Voice of the Shuttle — Gender Studies
Extensive list of links to various resources on the Web. Many are only peripherally related to sociology, but there is a lot of information on various approaches to culture and gender, sociological or otherwise.
Voice of the Shuttle — Cultural Studies Extensive list of links to various resources on the Web. Many are only peripherally related to sociology, but there is a lot of information on various approaches to culture and gender, sociological or otherwise.
Intute: Social Sciences
FREE Internet for Social Research Methods online tutorial The tutorial teaches Internet research and information skills to help university students.

compiled by: adam taves | updated: december 2007