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SSI2-131: Gender & Labor in Early 20th-century New York: Background (tertiary) Sources

Background & Overviews

Tertiary sources, such as subject encyclopedias and textbooks, are excellent starting points in your research.  Use them to find:

  • Helpful overviews of key facts:  who? what? when?
  • Bibliographies of especially key scholarly works.
  • Identification of important primary sources.
  • Brief descriptions of main scholarly arguments:  how? why?

At Collins Library, you can access subject encyclopedias in a variety of formats: print, ebook, or via larger digital collections.

Print encyclopedias are located on the first floor of the library, across from the Learning Commons. An example:

Online encyclopedias can be accessed via PRIMO, the library's discovery platform.  Some examples:

Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements

Comprises over 400 entries about major social and political movements and related collective phenomena throughout segments of history and across the world: from the antislavery movement, to the Tiananmen Square student protests of 1989, to the Arab Spring.

Large digital collections of subject encyclopedias can be accessed via several publisher-based platforms: