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American Economy: a Historical Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides detailed information about the formation and development of economic policy throughout American history and describes its continued importance" including its influence on "social, cultural, political, and economic events from colonial times to the present." Electronic version of the revised edition.

Class in America: An Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
Looks "at class from a variety of traditional perspectives: economic, historical, and sociological." "The 525 signed entries each end with a Suggested Reading section, for those interested in further research. A Bibliographical Essay can be found at the end of Volume 3."

Encyclopedia of American Immigration [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers the full depth and breadth of American immigration history--from the arrival of the early ancestors of Native Americans more than ten millennia ago to a broad range of twenty-first century immigration issues." Addresses the diverse demographic, economic, legal, political, and social aspects of immigration.

Encyclopedia of Crisis Management [Rutgers Restricted]
"Overviews concepts and techniques for effectively assessing, analyzing, managing, and resolving crises, whether they be organizational, business, community, or political. From general theories and concepts exploring the meaning and causes of crisis to practical strategies and techniques relevant to crises of specific types, crisis management is thoroughly explored."

Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief [Rutgers Restricted]
"This encyclopedia covers response to disasters around the world, from governments to NGOs, from charities to politics, from refugees to health, and from economics to international relations, covering issues in both historical and contemporary context. The volumes include information relevant to students of sociology, national security, economics, health sciences, political science, emergency preparedness, history, agriculture, and many other subjects."

Encyclopedia of Drug Policy [Rutgers Restricted]
"Explores the controversial drug war through the lens of varied disciplines. A full spectrum of articles explains topics from Colombian cartels and Mexican kingpins to television reportage; from just say no" advertising to heroin production; and from narco-terrorism to more than $500 billion in U.S. government expenditures."

Encyclopedia of Health Care Management [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the "business of health care, with up-to-date information across a broad range of issues affecting every aspect of the industry and the people it serves, employs, and influences." Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Health Services Research [Rutgers Restricted]
Multidisciplinary coverage "including areas such as health administration, health economics, medicine, medical sociology, political science, public policy, and public health."

Encyclopedia of Lesbian - Gay - Bisexual and Transgender History in America [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides a comprehensive survey of lesbian and gay history and culture in the United States. Includes approximately 545 articles ranging from short biographical entries to longer essays surveying topics such as the Stonewall riots, federal law and policy, same sex institutions, and AIDS. Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Medical Decision Making [Rutgers Restricted]
Discusses very general issues that span many aspects of MDM, including bioethics; health policy and economics; disaster simulation modeling; medical informatics; the psychology of decision making; shared and team medical decision making; social, moral, and religious factors; end-of-life decision making; assessing patient preference and patient adherence; and more

Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society [Rutgers Restricted]
"Offers accessible descriptions of some of the key technical achievements of nanoscience along with its history and prospects. Rather than a technical primer, this encyclopedia instead focuses on the efforts of governments around the world to fund nanoscience research and to tap its potential for economic development as well as to assess how best to regulate a new technology for the environmental, occupational, and consumer health and safety issues related to the field."

Encyclopedia of Power [Rutgers Restricted]
"With comprehensive coverage of the use of power in the social sciences, the encyclopedia serves as a one-stop point of reference for the diverse and complex ways in which power has been used. It also provides a reference for debates central to the issues of power in different contexts and for related topics, showing how these disparate topics are related to power."

Encyclopedia of Public Health [Rutgers Restricted]
Intended for nonspecialist readers, this electronic version of the 4 volume encyclopedia covers "topics as broad in range as environmental health, drug abuse, epidemiology, nutrition, demographics, and diseases. Includes overviews, definitions, and biographical entries."

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution [Rutgers Restricted]
Contains new and updated original articles covering recent concepts (i.e. adoption, race, the Constitution, birthright citizenship) and court cases since 1992 offering comprehensive coverage of all aspects of constitutional law, as well as biographies of people who have had an impact on our government's legal framework (Supreme Court Justices, Presidents, Cabinet Members, Lawyers, and more). Also covers judicial decisions handed down by the Supreme Court. 2nd edition.

International Encyclopedia of Political Science [Rutgers Restricted]
Aims to give a comprehensive picture of all aspects of political life, recognizing the theoretical and cultural pluralism of the approaches and including findings from all parts of the world. The eight volumes of the encyclopedia cover every field of politics, from political theory and methodology to political sociology, comparative politics, public policies, and international relations.

SAGE Handbook of Healthcare [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides an authoritative analysis of the current (and anticipated) developments in the global healthcare industries. Providing a unique perspective that interfaces between the science and business aspects, it combines information on the latest scientific developments with applied, commercial business data from the global marketplace. Electronic version of the print resource."

Social Policy: Essential Primary Sources [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries with "full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context."