Encyclopedias: General Social Science

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Gale eBooks [Rutgers Restricted]
An extensive collection of encyclopedias, handbooks, and other reference sources covering a broad range of humanities, social science, science, and multidisciplinary areas.

SAGE Reference [Rutgers Restricted]
A large collection of authoritative encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks in a broad range of fields including multidisciplinary areas such as anthropology, environment, health, and psychology.

SAGE Research Methods [Rutgers Restricted]
Full-text access to dictionary and encyclopedia entries, book chapters, full books, journal articles.

Country Studies: Area Handbook Series
Searchable versions of the Handbooks published by the Library of Congress and sponsored by the Department of the Army. Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political; economic; social; and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they're shaped by cultural factors.

Encyclopedia of Case Study Research [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides a comprehensive compendium covering the important methodological issues encountered in doing case study research, and exploring both their strengths and weaknesses from different paradigmatic approaches."

Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: the Social Science of Garbage [Rutgers Restricted]
"Explores the topic across multiple disciplines within the social sciences and ranges further to include business, consumerism, environmentalism, and marketing."

Encyclopedia of Evaluation [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers "evaluation as a practice (methods, techniques, roles, people), as a profession (professional obligations, shared knowledge, ethical imperatives, events, places) and as a discipline (theories and models of evaluation, ontological and epistemological issues)."

Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics [Rutgers Restricted]
"Offers cross-disciplinary coverage, with contributions from and applications to the fields of Psychology, Education, Sociology, Human Development, Political Science, Business and Management, Public Health, and others." Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Research Design [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers the spectrum of research design strategies, from material presented in introductory classes to topics necessary in graduate research. Addresses cross- and multidisciplinary research needs, with many examples drawn from the social and behavioral sciences, neurosciences, and biomedical and life sciences."

Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers all major facets of survey research methodology, from selecting the sample design and the sampling frame, designing and pretesting the questionnaire, data collection, and data coding, to the thorny issues surrounding diminishing response rates, confidentiality, privacy, informed consent and other ethical issues, data weighting, and data analyses." Electronic version of the 2 volume print resource

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences [Rutgers Restricted]
An online version of the 26 volume set containing scholarly essays on a wide range of topics in the social and behavioral sciences.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes articles on a wide range of topics in social science research and practice with the majority being devoted to the concepts, theories, and methods of anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, political science, psychiatry, psychology, sociology, and statistics. Electronic version of the 17 volume print resource.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2nd ed.) [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers scholarship and fields that have emerged and matured since the publication of the original international edition. Highlights the expanding influence of economics in social science research and features new articles and biographies contributed by scholars from around the world on a wide array of global topics in the social sciences." Electronic version of the 9 volume 2nd edition of the print resource.

SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research [Rutgers Restricted]
"Action research is a term used to describe a family of related approaches that integrate theory and action with a goal of addressing important organizational, community, and social issues together with those who experience them. This encyclopedia brings together the many strands of action research and addresses the interplay between these disciplines by presenting a state-of-the-art overview and comprehensive breakdown of the key tenets and methods of action research as well as detailing the work of key theorists and contributors to action research."

SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods [Rutgers Restricted]
"Entries cover every major facet of qualitative methods, including access to research participants, data coding, research ethics, the role of theory in qualitative research, and much more." Electronic version of the print resource.

SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods [Rutgers Restricted]
"Features two major types of entries: definitions, consisting of a paragraph or two, provide a quick explanation of a methodological term; and topical treatments or essays discussing the nature, history, application/example and implication of using a certain method." Also covers "topics not normally viewed as part of social science research methodology, from philosophical issues such as poststructuralism to advanced statistical techniques." Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource.

State Blue Books and Encyclopedias
A compilation of links to state Blue Books (almanacs or other compilations of statistics and information) and encyclopedias. Because not all states have a Blue Book or encyclopedia freely available online, "efforts have been made to direct users to resources that contain at least some of the information."

Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism [Rutgers Restricted]
"Explores the importance and impact of race, ethnicity and nationalism on private, public and not-for-profit organizations and institutions in the modern, global world."

World Factbook
From the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the Factbook includes maps and detailed information on the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for countries worldwide.