Encyclopedias and Dictionaries (Wikipedia for College) Good for Browsing and Background Information on topics
Encyclopedia of sociology (Macmillan Reference)
Once you have your key concepts and keywords, you can use The CAT to find books on your topic.
Using the "Begins With (Browse)" search, you can search the CAT using book titles or authors' names. Authors' names should be entered "last name, first name" and titles should be entered without the initial article (the, a, an...). If the book you want is about the author, make sure you search the name as aSubject, not Author.
Examples: Morton, J. -OR- english grammar for students of french
Don't have a title/author in mind? Instead of a "Keyword" Search, try using the "Topic: Title+Subject" search option with one or more keywords.
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Lion Search – one single search box that searches across all library resources for books, scholarly journals, e-books, newspapers, and more!
Note: [Penn State Libraries] indicates a Libraries' resource available to researchers with a Penn State Access Account.
Sociological Abstracts [Penn State Libraries]
Seminal index for English-language journals in sociology, social work, and other social sciences. Provides links to full-text articles. Coverage: 1963 to the present.
PsycINFO [Penn State Libraries]
Primary database for international literature in psychology and related disciplines. It is published by the American Psychological Association and provides coverage from 1840 to the present.
PsycARTICLES [Penn State Libraries]
Websites also have valuable information, if you know what you are looking for.
Census.gov has all the government statstics. http://www.census.gov
If you are looking for a particular state's stastics, you can use the State Government's website to find that information.