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Tutt Library Research Guides


Sociology: Reference Books

Research guidance for Sociology students

Selected Reference Books


About Reference Books

Tutt Library has print reference sources for Sociology.  Reference books can't be checked out, but they can be photocopied. The Reference Stacks section is on the first floor, west of the Circulation Desk.  There are also style guides, dictionaries, phone books, etc. behind the Reference Desk which you are welcome to use.  The other side of the shelf behind the Reference Desk contains books on graduate school, preparing for graduate exams, career info and the like. 

An easy way to search for Reference books only is to go to advanced search in the library catalog.  In the "Limit by" section, select Tutt - Reference Material from the Location drop-down menu.  Then enter your search in the boxes.

Click here for a list of Reference-location books with Sociology as a keyword. Note that for some research areas, you may want to look at reference works from other disciplines.

When to use reference books

Consult reference books when you need background information or an overview of a particular subject or concept. You may also find statistics and bibliographic references. Talk to your professor about what constitutes an acceptable souce for your assignment; a general encyclopedia may be considered too elementary.  However, a specialized reference source may be acceptable.

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