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Sociology: Finding Background Information

A research guide for Sociology students at Austin Community College

Reference Sources

Reference sources, like encyclopedias, dictionaries, or almanacs, can be a good place to start your research, especially when you are new to a topic. A reference source can provide you with basic definitions of concepts, a chronology of events, and an overview of the topic. 

Reference Sources you may find useful

More about reference sources...

The following short video and tutorial explain what reference resources are and how you can use them to begin your research. 



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