Using specialized encyclopedias to become familiar with your topic is the most efficient way to get started on your research. These encyclopedias, written by knowledgeable scholars, will summarize your topic, provide you with social and historical context, familiarize you with specialized terminology, and often provide lists of additional resources on your topic. They are providing you in condensed form information from multiple books and articles. Think of them as CliffsNotes ... that you are allowed to use.
The encyclopedias listed below may be useful for many of the topics suggested by your instructor, but there are many, many more. The easiest way to locate them in the Library is to do an Oskicat search like this:
1. Use the keyword search so that it looks for the words everywhere in the record.
2. The asterisk is a truncation symbol, which will retrieve variations of the word: ethic, ethics, ethical, etc.
3. The Doe Reference collection includes many encyclopedias related to social science topics. Limiting your search to this collection will retrieve a manageable number of records. If you retrieve nothing, change the search parameter to All Collections.
Try different terminology and be persistent. If you are not finding a relevant resource, be sure to ask for help.
Other searches you might try:
encyclopedia and environment*
encyclopedia and bioethic*
encyclopedia and biotechnolog*
encyclopedia and social science
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Online version of the the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 9th Edition, and the the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th Edition. Covers all areas of science and technology, including Anthropology & Archaeology, Chemistry, Engineering & Materials, Food Science & Technology, Medicine and Paleontology.
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences The electronic version of the 26 volume IESBS set published in 2001. It contains over 3800 articles spread over 99 subject areas.