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New e-books: The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

Announcing the purchase of the classic reference work, the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences and the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Second Edition. Both are accessed through the Gale Virtual Reference Library platform.

The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, released in 1968 by Macmillan, co-edited by David Sills and Robert K. Merton, “established standards for knowledge in social science research and practice” (CHOICE, 2001). Hailed as a defining reference in the field of the social sciences, the work took fifteen years of planning and resulted in thousands of scholarly contributions from academics and experts from around the world. It covered research in all the disciplines making up the field: anthropology, economics, demographics, political sciences, law, psychology, sociology, geography, history, and education. In those areas of study, the peer-reviewed and signed entries focused on concepts, theories, and methods.

The second edition to the classic work, The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, is a nine-volume set that covers scholarship and fields that have emerged and matured since the publication of the original international edition. The work highlights the expanding influence of economics in social science research and features new articles and biographies contributed by global scholars. Features include signed articles, bibliographies, see and see also references to related entries. Most entries provide a brief definition, description of historical origin and development, and different points of view surrounding the entry. Students of sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, economics, and history will benefit from this comprehensive work.

For these resources and other library databases, visit http://poly.usf.edu/library.xml. Click on “Electronic Resources” or “Search the Databases” to begin.

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