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SAILS, Learning Resources Center's online catalog contains all the books and other materials that the Library purchases. Use it to search for a specific author or title or to compile a bibliography on a specific topic. The Learning Resources Center uses Library of Congress Subject Headings. To find books on a particular subject, use the Keyword search option. Then look at the subjects under which it has been cataloged to find additional items on the subject.

Massachusetts Virtual Catalog

The Virtual Catalog is the easiest way to get a book if you can't find it in the SAILS online catalog. The Virtual Catalog is the combined catalog of Bridgewater State College, CLAMS Library Network, Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing, Inc.(C/W Mars), Fenway Libraries Online (FLO), Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, MetroBoston Library Network, Minuteman Library Network, North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE), Old Colony Library Network (OCLN), SAILS Library Network (SAILS), University of Massachusetts, Boston, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Westfield State College

After doing a search in SAILS, you can click the "Search the Virtual Catalog".   You can also click on the link for the Virtual Catalog to log into the virtual catalog directly.

The Virtual Catalog allows library users in good standing to:

  • Simultaneously search several library catalogs.
  • Request items that are unavailable at any SAILS Library.
  • Have a total of 5 active requests at any time.

Credo Reference

Listed below are some of the titles available in Credo Reference under the heading of "Sociology".

Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Spanning the period from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries, The Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology contains individually-signed entries, from A (Marc Abélès) to Z (Françoise Zonabend), from a global team of contributors and offers an important, and fascinating overview of the historical and contemporary reach of anthropological research.

The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology
This one-volume dictionary defines often amorphous and fuzzy sociological concepts in a lively and sensible way, and provides an introduction to what it means to think sociologically. For a deeper understanding of social life, and of the only discipline dedicted to making sense of it in all its diversity, this dictionary is a perfect guide. The combination of clear prose, engaging examples, and a single author's strong voice makes this a distinctive and valuable reference work.

The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology features:
• Numerous entries on diverse topics, from idealism to materialism
• Coverage of all aspects of sociology, from theory (eg cultural relativism) to statistics (eg regression analysis)
• In-depth biographical sketches on major figures within sociology, such as Durkheim, Merton and Addams
• Detailed bibliographies and comprehensive cross-references

Encyclopedia of Urban America: The Cities and Suburbs
The term urban brings many images to mind - images of crime, poverty, homelessness, pollution, and overcrowding - and it speaks volumes about the prevalent attitudes Americans have toward cities. In recent years, negative images of the city have been reinforced, as people become more aware of the environmental consequences of economic growth.

In modern day America, the term urban is widely used to describe the sities that sprawl formlessly outwards so much so that their physical boundaries become obscure. On the other hand, cities encourage social diversity and allow for the internal diversification of their populations. Proponents of the city argue that the urban environment fosters liberty, cooperation, and community, thus generating and supporting collection efforts to rectify the worst problems.

With many contributors and a significant number of entries, Encyclopedia of Urban America: The Cities and Suburbs details selected major cities, suburbs, people, places, concepts, contemporary issues, history, and development of urban America. Topics range from problems typically associated with urban life such as crime, pollution, and congestion to the arts and humanities, social concerns, religion, infrastructure, key individuals, and economic issues.