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Sociology: Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Why use dictionaries & encyclopedias

Sociology dictionaries and encyclopedias can help you to: 

  • define terminology related to the study of Sociology.
  • find brief, factual information to supplement your research.
  • build up a context for your topic, and suggest ideas to explore.


Handbooks provide an in-depth introduction to sociology topics:

Blackwell companions to sociology

New Zealand online encyclopedia

Use Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand to find current local information.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias for Sociology