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General Online Reference Sources


What Are Reference Sources?

Reference sources are authoritative works that you can refer to for quick information. They may contain specific information or introductory articles. Types of reference sources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, handbooks, atlases, bibliographies, and so on.

On this page, you will find reference sources specific to sociology and selected related topics.

Use these electronic reference resources to provide an overview of your topic. If connecting from home, make sure your computer is configured for off-campus access.


Click on the title to get to the catalog record. To find more topical dictionaries, search for "sociology dictionaries" as a subject in the UCLA Library Catalog.

Encyclopedias: General Sociology

Click on the title to get to the catalog record for the print or online version. To find more encyclopedias, search for "sociology encyclopedia?" as keyword in the UCLA Library catalog.

Encyclopedias: Topics in Sociology

Below are selected encyclopedias focusing on specific aspects and topics within sociology.

Related Encyclopedias

Because sociology is so highly interdisciplinary, you can find related information in other fields. The following encyclopedias are just some of the subject areas in which you can find sociological information.

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