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Social Work

What is on this page?

  • Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias
  • Research methods

Why use reference books?

Question: What value lies in a reference work? Why should you bother to consult these books?

Answer: Reference books help create a framework around your topic. They can help guide you in asking the right questions. Reference books can help researchers become more efficient database searchers - in deciding which keywords (or search terms) to use. Scholarly reference books also contain bibliographies (!!) - a listing of some of the most respected secondary and most useful primary sources on a topic. In a nutshell.... reference books are a great way to begin your research.

Resources for Social Science Authors

Dictionaries

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Guides - Resarch Methods