Encyclopedias & Handbooks
Encyclopedias and handbooks are one of a few sources that give you an overiew of a topic. You can learn enough to choose a specific aspect of a broad topic. You can also pick up key terms as well as author names to search in our catalog and article databases.
Sample Encyclopedia Sources
Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America. HV12.E497 2005 O'Leary Reference 1st floor and online. This is a unique reference work providing basic information about the history of social welfare in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Click the title to go to the online version.
Encyclopedia of Homelessness. Alphabetically arranges entries for articles about homelessness in eight major U.S. cities and 30 cities and nations around the world. Covers causes of homelessness, housing, policy, health & lifestyle issues, and service systems are among the broad topics covered.
Handbook of Families & Poverty. Browse through the table of contents or search with specific terms or phrases.
Poverty and the Government in America. 170 entries on policies implemented to alleviate poverty—their historic contexts, rationales, and legacies. Also features separate essays on how poverty has been addressed at federal, state, local, and Native American tribal levels throughout U.S. history.
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