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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Sociology: Background info

By Ellen Sexton.

Worth a look...

The text of all of the books listed below can be viewed on your computer.  If asked for a password, use your John jay email user id and password.

Why start with an encyclopedia?

Specialized encyclopedias are great places to start researching a topic!  A good encyclopedia article will provide context and background to better inform your research.  At the end of the article there will be list of relevant books and/or articles - you could search for them in the library (ask a reference librarian for help tracking them down).  If you are not sure yet where to focus your research, it may suggest interesting topics to you.

Electronic encyclopedia collections

These collections allow you to search across multiple different encyclopedias and dictionaries.  Using an encyclopedia is a great way to start your research, by getting an overview of the topic. 

Gale Virtual Reference Library.    Full text of more than 250 specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographical directories and other reference books in the subject fields of criminal justice, economics, history, literature, psychology, religion, science, world cultures, etc.   [Click here for alternate access via library barcode]

Sage e-Reference Collection.  A collection of over 70 subject encyclopedias, including major titles in criminal justice, research methods, psychology, and social issues from Sage publishers.