Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Dictionaries

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This article reviews revolutionary changes, which have occurred since 2000 regarding the creation and publication of reference books and online sources. Factors that have altered the way that such books, especially those pertaining to the social sciences, include the increased speed of composition due to word-processing technology, the downsizing of libraries as they switch from printed to electronic reference sources, and the increased pressure upon academics to publish rapidly, especially in Britain. The article also offers a concise history of social science reference works in several disciplines, beginning in the eighteenth century and ending with the present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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