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Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies: Reference

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This page highlights key reference sources for SMF including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks. 

Sociology encyclopedias in the Dana Porter Library's reference collection

What Are Reference Resources?

Reference resources can be general or discipline-specific. Examples include:

  • encyclopedias
  • dictionaries
  • biographical sources
  • guides
  • handbooks
  • manuals

They often contain foundational information, such as:

  • definitions of terms
  • verification of factual information
  • overviews on your topic
  • background information
  • research and writing support

They are useful to consult during the early stages of your research and can help you to:

  • learn the terminology appropriate for your topic
  • understand your topic's broad context
  • establish a coherent organizational structure for your work

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