Dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks are good starting points because they provide definitions for key concepts.  They also provide the chronology of research for various topics: what research has been conducted and the names of the researchers who have been involved.

This information, along with an abstract, can help you navigate through scholarly articles and decide what is relevant to your research topic.  As well, the concepts and researchers' names can be used as search terms in the databases and catalogue.

Women and health

Encyclopedia of family health (online, 2011)

Encyclopedia of women's health (online, 2004); also print: RA778 .E5825 2004

Handbook of gender, culture, and health (online, 2000); also in print: RA418.H318 2000

Handbook of the sociology of mental health (online, 2012)

The Palgrave handbook of gender and healthcare RA427 .P354 2010

Social theory

The research project for this course must include a research question framed within an analytical framework or social theory.  Below is a selection of titles on social theory:

(1) Social theory in health

Habermas, critical theory and health RA418 .H23 2001

The Palgrave handbook of social theory in health, illness, and medicine (online, 2015)

Social theory and applied health research H62 .D97 2006

Sociology of health and medicine : new perspectives (online, 2014)

(2) Social theory (general)

Encyclopedia of social theory (online, 2005)

Contemporary Sociological Theory : An Integrated Multi-Level Approach (online, 2008)

Contested knowledge : social theory today HM585 .S44 2013

Making sense of social theory : a practical introduction HM435 .P69 2010

Social theory : a reader H61.S776 2010 [2v.]

Social theory : roots and branches HM585 .S58 2011

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