Thursday, 21 February 2008

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences [IESBS]

We now have electronic access to the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences [IESBS]. There is also a link on the Databases A to Z.

IESBS is the most comprehensive and authoritative scholarly encyclopedia for the Social Sciences, published only three times, 1930-1935, 1968 and the current edition 2002. The electronic edition, delivered via the ScienceDirect interface, enables 24/7 networked access and of course improved searching. Articles written by leading experts in the field summarise recent research and theory. IESBS contains over 4000 articles in 39 subject areas.

Why might you use this as a research tool?


  • Learn from the experts. It is scholarly which means articles are written by experts, are comprehensive and well referenced. IESBS is a appropriate resource for academic assignments and dissertations.


  • Efficient researching. Articles summarise current theory and research. It has the benefit of informing you about topics quickly and because articles are cross referenced, identifying related areas. It gives an overview or 'helicopter view'.


  • Theories and writers. For those doing research for dissertations IESBS is an excellent source to discover relevant theory, key writers and significant publications. In addition IESBS provides accessible articles on areas important but peripheral to your main research area, where a short article may provide sufficient information.



Links

Blackwells Reference Online. Access from the Databases A-Z.
Introduction to the IESBS gives some idea of the scope and the subjects included.
New Library Resources Blog

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