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SOC 216: Sex and Gender: Background Information

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About Background Information

Scholarly background information sources, such as subject-specific encyclopedias and handbooks, can provide useful short articles to substantiate your understanding of the core concepts related to your research.

Reference books can help you:

  • Explore a topic: find out what has been said about this subject, trends, issues, etc.
  • Identify and define unfamiliar terms or people in your reading
  • Find references to other books and articles on the subject
  • Find specific keywords to use in online searches

Reference Databases

Reference Databases

The library subscribes to a number of online databases that bring together encyclopedias and handbooks from a publisher in one convenient and searchable website.

Reference books

Sociology and Gender Studies Reference Books