Spotlight On: International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

More than 2000 authors contributed nearly 3,000 entries to the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.   Considered a landmark reference source by Choice Magazine, this source is the successor to MacMillan’s Reference USA’s Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (1935) and the first edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (1968).

The new 2nd edition expands the scope of the original, covering fields that have emerged and matured since the previous edition.  From the editor, this edition “Looks at the impact of the rise of critical theory in postmodernist forms on the social sciences, especially in the arenas of cultural anthropology, qualitative sociology, and methodology.”   Reflecting the methodological base of the social sciences, the encyclopedia has numerous graphs, tables, and diagrams.  Some of the broad subject areas represented include:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Arts, Media, and Popular Culture
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Geography
  • History and Historiography
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Relations, Organization, and Law
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology

Another advantage of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences is that the entries are included in OneSearch, the library’s main database.

Make sure you give this resource a look.  It will provide you with a great overview of a topic, without overwhelming you with information.

 

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