Guidebooks to Information Sources
Guidebooks identify and discuss the reference sources, periodical indexes, bibliographies and major publications pertinent to your research. Some guides applicable to your research are:
Educational Leadership: A Reference Handbook. LB2805.W517 2002
Guide to Writing Empirical Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. REF LB2369 .G27 2002
Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation. LB2369 .M377 2003
Philosophy: A Guide to the Reference Literature. REF B72.B97 1997 (print) and online
A Practical Guide to the Qualitative Dissertation. LB2369 .B49 2007
Sociology: a Guide to Reference and Information Sources. REF HM 585.A39 1997
Some handbooks are compilations of research in a discipline. These attempt to be comprehensive summaries for a given discipline or sub-field within it.
AMA Management Handbook. REF HD 31.A418 1994 (print) and online
Business ethics : A Reference Handbook. REF HF5387.D54 1998
Handbook of Social Psychology. REF HM1011.H37 2010
Handbook of the Sociology of Education. REF LC191.H254 2000
New York Public Library Business Desk Reference. REF HF5547.5.N5 1998
Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research. REF H62.H2455 2005
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Use these sources to understand terminology, obtain background information, identify issues, and get names, dates and an initial literature review.
Dictionary of Psychology. REF BF31 .C65 2001
Encyclopedia of Educational Research. REF LB15.E48 1992 (4 vols.)
Encyclopedia of Leadership. REF HD57.7 .H525 2001 (second copy in General Collection)
Encyclopedia of Major Marketing Campaigns. REF HF5837 .E53 2000
Encyclopedia of Psychology. REF BF31.E53 2000
Encyclopedia of Sociology. REF HM425 .E5 2000
Encyclopedia of Special Education. REF LC4007.E53 2007
International Encyclopedia of Educational Technology, 2nd ed. REF LB 1028.3.I567 1996
Language of Learning: A Guide to Education Terms. REF LB15.M32 1997
Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia. REF LB17.P485 1996
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. REF B51.R68 1998 (print) and online
Social Science Encyclopedia. REF H41.S63 1996
See also Electronic Reference Resources A to Z
Indexes and Databases
ERIC -Citations and abstracts from over 1000 educational and education-related journals. More information
Ingenta - Tables of contents coverage for over 25,000 scholarly academic journals and full-text access for selected titles. More information
PsycInfo - Published by the APA contains over two million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations, all in the field of psychology, dating as far back as 1840. More information
SocINDEX with Full Text - Comprehensive index to sociology publications, including full-text access to many journals. More information
Web of Knowledge - A multidisciplinary citation index to the journal literature of the sciences and social sciences which indexes over 6,650 major journals across 150 scientific disciplines and 1,950 journals across 50 social sciences disciplines. In addition to indexing it includes all cited references captured from indexed articles.
Dissertations - Provides options for access to Gonzaga University theses and dissertations online, as well as options
for finding theses & dissertations from other universities, as well as how to order a hard copy or use Interlibrary Loan.
Use these to gather relevant statistics and other numerical data on your topic. Statistics can be useful in proving the importance of a chosen issue or in justifying a hypotheses or viewpoint on an issue.
LexisNexis Statistical DataSets - Provides statistical data from licensed and public domain datasets, including national and international data for agriculture, education, criminal justice, energy, natural resources, labor, economic indicators, transportation, vital statistics, etc. Options to scan over 500 datasets, select subjects and variables of interest, and view the data in side-by-side tables and charts.
Education statistics of the United States. REF LB2846.E38
International Encyclopedia of Statistics. REF HA17. I6
Statistical Abstract of the United States. REF DESK HA202 and online