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Social Work resources from the Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz
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You can use this guide as your starting point for research in Human Services

Use the tabs above to explore the many resources available to students and faculty:

  • print and digital reference sources for getting started (i.e., Sociology, Psychology, and Human Services encyclopedias)

  • catalogs for discovering books (both print and digital format, at STL and in libraries worldwide)

  • databases for searching for journal articles

  • selective reliable websites

Feel free to contact me for additional guidance.  Contact information is available on the right-hand side of page.

Valerie Mittenberg,  Reference Librarian

Getting Started with Reference Sources


Reference Sources, such as subject encyclopedias, can help you to get started on a research project by providing reliable information that will help you to contextualize and narrow your topic. Subject Encyclopedias are more specialized than general encyclopedias. Coverage is limited to a specific subject or field of study and contain more developed articles written by scholars and experts within the field. Reference sources generally provide:

  • Background information about a topic
  • Brief, factual overviews of topics
  • Important dates, events, and people associated with a topic
  • Terminology and definitions of terms related to a topic
  • Articles written by authors with expertize in the subject matter
  • Bibliographies of sources for further reading


Reference Universe is a unique database that allows you to search the table of contents and back-of-the-book index pages throughout thousands of print and electronic reference books.

E-Reference Sources

Gale Virtual Reference Library, and the Sage Knowledge, allow you to search for topics across the entire collection of encyclopedias within each database.




  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Full-text entries from encyclopedias and reference works.
  • Sage Knowledge
    Searchable collection of over 150 academic encyclopedias and other e-books, covering the social sciences and humanities. Formerly known as Sage Reference Online.
  • Reference Universe
    a unique database that allows you to search article titles and/or back-of-the-book indexes for reference books (subject encyclopedias, handbooks, etc.). It is designed to assist you in finding the most relevant and authoritative reference works to begin or expand your research; a great tool when looking for background information or a topic overview.

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