Sociology of Deviance
Finding the right words and concepts
Subject guides (on the right hand side of this page) have information about reference materials such as dictionaries and encyclopedias, which can give you background information about your topic (and relevant terms to use when searching). They also have information about indexes and abstracts, which include article databases.
- Encyclopedia of crime and justice / Sanford H. Kadish, editor in chief.
- Encyclopedia of criminology and deviant behavior / Clifton D. Bryant, editor-in-chief.
- Encyclopedia of interpersonal violence [electronic resource] / edited by Claire M. Renzetti, Jeffrey L. Edleson.
- Key perspectives in criminology / John Tierney.
- The Routledge handbook of deviant behaviour / edited by Clifton D. Bryant.
- The SAGE handbook of criminological theory / edited by Eugene McLaughlin and Tim Newburn.
- Sociology of deviant behavior / Marshall B. Clinard, Robert F. Meier.
These will provide basic background information to help you evaluate the resources you find while searching and they will provide you with the right search terms.
Focusing your topic
If you are having trouble focusing your topic, read the "From topics to questions" chapter of
- The craft of research / Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, Joseph Bizup, William T. FitzGerald.
Doing library research
For conducting library research in general, borrow this book:
- The elements of library research : what every student needs to know / Mary W. George.
Check out the sections below for more information: