Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Annual Reviews

Encyclopedias and handbooks provide a summary of topics or subjects and are a useful first stop in beginning a library research project. They can be used to help narrow the focus of a project or provide background information on prior research in a particular field. Encyclopedias can be general in nature, such as the World Book Online or specific such as the Encyclopedia of Mental Health. References at the end of an encyclopedia article or a chapter in a handbook can also provide information on additional studies on that topic.

The best way to locate handbooks or encyclopedias in a library’s catalog is to do a keyword search using a term related to your topic in conjunction with one of the above categories (for example, aging handbook* OR mental encyclopedia). A search using subject headings requires you to put the term at the end of the subject. For example:

  • Mental Health — Encyclopedias
  • Social Work — Yearbooks
  • Social Sciences — Handbooks, Manuals, etc.
  • Management — Handbooks, Manuals, etc.

Annual Reviews may also be used to obtain background information on a topic since they summarize trends and research in a particular discipline. Case Western Reserve University provides online access to several Annual Reviews in Social Science fields such as Psychology and Sociology. They can be accessed through the Research Databases section of the Library Catalog.

Following is a selected list of print and online encyclopedias and handbooks related to the social sciences. Clicking on the title of one of the print entries will take you to the Case Western Reserve University online Library Catalog entry.

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Harris Library Holdings: Encyclopedias

Note: Please click on the link to the Library Catalog for call number, location, and availability

Borgatta, E. F. (Editor-in-chief). (2000). Encyclopedia of sociology (2nd ed., Vols. 1-5). New York: Macmillan Reference USA.

Capezuti, E. A., Siegler, E. L., & Mezey, M. D. (Eds.). (2008). The encyclopedia of elder care: The comprehensive resource on geriatric and social care (2nd ed.). New York: Springer Pub.

Cashmore, E. (2004). Encyclopedia of race and ethnic studies . London; New York: Routledge.

Clark, R. E., Clark, J. F., & Adamec, C. (2001). The encyclopedia of child abuse (2nd ed.). New York: Facts on File.

Craft-Rosenberg, M., & Pehler, S.-R. (Eds.). (2011). Encyclopedia of family health (Vols. 1-2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Craighead, W. E., & Nemeroff, C. B. (Eds.). (2001). The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science (3rd. ed., Vols. 1-4). New York: Wiley.

Doctor, R. M., & Kahn, A. P. (2000). The encyclopedia of phobias, fears, and anxieties. New York: Facts on File.

Ekerdt, D. J. (Editor in chief). (2002). Encyclopedia of aging (Vols. 1-4). New York: Macmillan Reference USA.

Encyclopedia of social work (20th ed., Vols. 1-4). (2008). New York: Oxford University Press; Washington, DC:National Association of Social Workers.

Fink, G. (Ed.). (2000). Encyclopedia of stress (Vols. 1-3). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Fisher, B. S., & Lab, S. P. (Eds.). (2010). Encyclopedia of victimology and crime prevention (Vols. 1-2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Friedman, H. S. (Editor-in-chief). (1998). Encyclopedia of mental health (Vols. 1-3). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

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Gitterman, A., & Salmon, R. (Eds.). (2009). Encyclopedia of social work with groups . New York: Routledge.

Gold, M. S., & Adamec, C. A. (2010). The encyclopedia of alcoholism and alcohol abuse. New York: Facts on File.

Hawley, J. C. (Ed.). (2009). LGBTQ America today:An encyclopedia (Vols. 1-3). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Herrick, J. M., & Stuart, P. H. (Eds.). (2005). Encyclopedia of social welfare history in North America . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Hersen, M., & Sledge, W. (Eds.). (2002). Encyclopedia of psychotherapy (Vols. 1-2). Boston, MA: Academic Press.

Howarth, G., & Leaman, O. (Eds.). (2001). Encyclopedia of death and dying. London; New York: Routledge.

Hutchison, R. (Ed.). (2010). Encyclopedia of urban studies (Vols. 1-2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Ingram, R. E. (Ed.). (2009). The international encyclopedia of depression. New York: Springer.

Kleiman, M. A. R., & Hawdon, J. E. (Eds.). (2011). Encyclopedia of drug policy (Vols. 1-2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Korsmeyer, P., & Kranzler, H. R. (Eds.). (2009). Encyclopedia of drugs, alcohol, and addictive behavior (3rd ed., Vols. 1-4). Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA. [Also available electronically at OhioLINK EBC ]

Kraybill, D. B. (2010). Concise encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Kuper, A., & Kuper, J. (Eds.). (1996). The social science encyclopedia (2nd ed.). Boston: Routledge.

Levine, J. M., & Hogg, M. A. (Eds.). (2010). Encyclopedia of group processes & intergroup relations (Vols. 1-2). New Delhi: Sage Publications.

Levinson, D. (Ed.). (1995). Encyclopedia of marriage and the family (Vols. 1-2). New York: Macmillan Library Reference U.S.A.

Loue, S., & Sajatovic, M. (Eds.). (2004). Encyclopedia of women’s health . New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Maddox, G. L. (Ed.). (2001). The Encyclopedia of aging: A comprehensive resource in gerontology and geriatrics (3rd ed., Vols. 1-2). New York: Springer.

Michie, J. (Ed.). (2001). Reader’s guide to the social sciences (Vols. 1-2).London; Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn.

Miller, R. L. (2002). The encyclopedia of addictive drugs . Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Neisworth, J. T., & Wolfe, P. S. (Eds.). (2005). The autism encyclopedia. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company.

Odekon, M. (Ed.). (2006). Encyclopedia of world poverty (Vols. 1-3). Thouaand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

O’Reilly, A. (Ed.). (2010). Encyclopedia of motherhood (Vols. 1-3). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Padwa, H., & Cunningham, J. (2010). Addiction: A reference encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Palmore, E., Branch, L., & Harris, D. (Eds.). (2005). Encyclopedia of ageism. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Pastoral Press.

Renzetti, C. M., & Edlson, J. L. (Eds.). (2008). Encyclopedia of interpersonal violence (2nd ed., Vols. 1-2). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. [OhioLINK EBC]

Romaine-Davis, A., Boondas, J., & Lenihan, A. (Eds.). (1995). Encyclopedia of home care for the elderly. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Salkind, N. J. (Ed.). (2006). Encyclopedia of human development (Vols. 1-3). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Schaefer, R. T. (Ed.). (2008). Encyclopedia of race, ethnicity, and society (Vols. 1-3). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.

Shafritz, J. M. (Editor-in-chief). (1998). International encyclopedia of public policy and administration (Vols. 1-4). Boulder: Westview Press.

Sills, D. L. (Ed.). (1968). International encyclopedia of the social sciences (Vols. 1-19). New York: Macmillan.

Smelser, N. J., & Baltes, P. B. (Editors-in-chief). (2001). International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (Vols. 1-26). Amsterdam ; New York: Elsevier.

Turner, F. J. (Ed.). (2005). Canadian Encyclopedia of Social Work . Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2005.

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Harris Library Holdings: Handbooks

Note: Please click on the link to the Library Catalog for call number, location, and availability.

Adams, G. R., & Berzonsky, M. D. (Eds.). (2003). Blackwell handbook of adolescence. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Aneshensel, C. S., & Phelan, J. C. (Eds.). (1999). Handbook of the sociology of mental health. New York: Kluwer Academic.

Agras, W. S. (Ed.). (2010). The Oxford handbook of eating disorders. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

Baer, L., & Blais, M. A. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of clinical rating scales and assessment in psychiatry and mental health . New York: Humana Press.

Balk, D. E., Wogrin, C., Thornton, G., & Meagher, D. K. (Eds.). (2007). Handbookof thanatology: The essential body of knowledge for the study of death, dying, and bereavement. Northbrook, IL: Association for Death Education and Counseling, The Thanatolog yAssociation; New York: Routledge.

Bass, B. M. (2008). The Bass handbook of leadership: Theory, research, and management applications (4th ed.). New York: Free Press.

Beckham, E. E., & Leber, W. R. (Eds.). (1995). Handbook of depression (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford.

Binstock, R. H., & George, L. K. (Eds.). (2011). Handbook of aging and the social sciences (7th ed.). Amsterdam; Boston: Elsevier/Academic Press.

Birren, J. E., & Schaie, K. W. (Eds.). (2006). Handbook of the psychology of aging (6th ed.). Amsterdam; Boston, MA: Elsevier Academic Press.

Bond, F. W., & Dryden, W. (Eds.). (2002). Handbook of brief cognitive behaviour therapy . Chichester, UK; New York: Wiley.

Bornstein, M. H. (Ed.). (2002). Handbook of parenting (2nd ed., Vols. 1-5). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

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Carr, A., & McNulty, M. (Eds.). (2006). The handbook of adult clinical psychology: An evidence-based practice approach. London; New York: Routledge.

Cassidy, J., & Shaver, P. R. (Eds.). (2008). Handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Damon, W. (Ed.). (1998). Handbook of child psychology (5th ed., Vols. 1-4). New York: Wiley.

Dannefer, D., & Phillipson, C. (Eds.). (2010). The Sage handbook of social gerontology. London: Sage.

Demick, J., & Andreoletti, C. (Eds.). (2003). Handbook of adult development . New York : Kluwer Academic/Plenum.

Dobson, K. S. (Ed.). (2001). Handbook of cognitive-behavioral therapies . (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford.

Dovidio, J. F., Hewstone, M., Glick, P. & Esses, V. M. (Eds.). (2010). The Sage handbook of prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination. London: Sage.

Duffy, M. (Ed.). (1999). Handbook of counseling and psychotherapy with older adults . New York: Wiley.

Fletcher, G. J. O., & Clark, M. S. (Eds.). (2001). Interpersonal processes . Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Galea, S., & Vlahov, D. (Eds.). (2005). Handbook of urban health: Populations, methods, and practice . New York: Springer. [Also available ONLINE]

Gallo, J. J., Fulmer, T., Paveza, G. J., & Reichel, W. (Eds.). (2000). Handbook of geriatric assessment (3rd ed.). Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen.

Gamst, G. C., Liang, C. T. H., & Der-Karabetian, A. (2011). Handbook of multicultural measures. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Gariepy, H. (2009). Christianity in action: The international history of the Salvation Army. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.

Garner, D. M., & Garfinkel, P. E. (Eds.). (1997). Handbook of treatment foreating disorders (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford.

Gehlert, S., & Browne, T. A. (Eds.). (2006). Handbook of health social work. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Ginsberg, L. H. (1995). Social work almanac (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Glass, I. B. (Ed.). (1991). The international handbook of addiction behaviour. London; New York: Tavistock/Routledge.

Goldberger, L., & Breznitz, S. (Eds.). (1993). Handbook of stress: Theoretical and clinical aspects (2nd ed.). New York: Free Press.

Goodyear-Brown, P. (Ed.). (2011). Handbook of child sexual abuse: Identification, assessment, and treatment. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Gotlib, I. H., & Hammen, C. L. (Eds.). (2002). Handbook of depression . New York: Guilford Press.

Groth-Marnat, G. (2009). Handbook of psychological assessment (5th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Gunsberg, L., & Hymowitz, P. (Eds.). (2005). Handbook of divorce and custody: Forensic, developmental, and clinical perspectives . Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press.

Gurman, A. S. (Ed.). (2008). Clinical handbook of couple therapy(4th ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

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Halford, W. K., & Markman, H. J. (Eds.). (1997). Clinical handbook of marriage and couples interventions. New York: Wiley.

Hampton, J. J. (Ed.). (1994). AMA management handbook (3rd ed.). New York: American Management Association. ( Also available as an E-book )

Harway, M. (Ed.). (2005). Handbook of couples therapy . Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.

Haughton, J. H., & Khandker, S. R. (2009). Handbook on poverty andinequality. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Hersen, M., & Thomas, J. C. (Eds.). (2006). Comprehensive handbook of personality and psychopathology (Vols. 1-3). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.

Horwitz, A. V., & Scheid, T. L. (1999). A handbook for the study of mental health: Social contexts, theories, and systems. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Howlin, P. A., Charman, T., & Ghaziuddin, M. (Eds.). (2010). The Sage handbook of developmental disorders. London: Sage.

Javier, R. A. (Ed.). (2007). Handbook of adoption: Implications for researchers, practitioners, and families. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Kaslow, F. W. (Ed.-in-chief). (2002). Comprehensive handbook of psychotherapy (Vols. 1-4). New York: Wiley.

Lambert, M. J. (Ed.). (2004). Bergin and Garfield’s handbook of psychotherapy and behavior change (5th ed.). New York: Wiley.

Laws, T. (2006). A handbook of men’s health. Edinburgh; New York: Churchill Livingstone.

Lerner, R. M. (Ed.-in-chief). (2010). The handbook of life-span development (Vols. 1-2). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Lightburn, A., & Sessions, P. (Eds.). (2006). Handbook of community-based clinical practice. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

Lutzker, J. R. (Ed.). (1998). Handbook of child abuse research and treatment. New York: Plenum.

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Maruish, M. E. (Eds.). (2000). Handbook of psychological assessment in primary care settings. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Mertens, D. M., & Ginsberg, P. E. (Eds.). (2009). The handbook of social research ethics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Midgley, J., & Livermore, M. (Eds.). (2009). The handbook of social policy (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Nichols, W. C., et al. (Eds.). (2000). Handbook of family development and intervention. New York: Wiley.

Noshpitz, J. D. (Editor-in-chief). (1997). Handbook of child and adolescent psychiatry (Vols. 1-7). New York: Wiley.

Otto, R. K., & Douglas, K. S. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of violence risk assessment. New York: Routledge.

Patti, R. J. (Ed.). (2009). The handbook of human services management (2nd ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

Perez, R. M., DeBord, K. A., & Bieschke, K. J. (Eds.). (2000). Handbook of counseling and psychotherapy with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Plant, T. G. (Ed.). (2006). Mental disorders of the new millennium (Vols. 1-3). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Ponterotto, J. G. , Casas, J. M., Suzuki, L. A., & Alexander, C. M. (Eds.). (2010).Handbook of multicultural counseling(3rd ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

Reid, W. H., & Silver, S. B. (Eds.). (2003). Handbook of mental health administration and management . New York: Brunner-Routledge.

Richards, P. S., & Bergin, A. E. (Eds.). (2000). Handbook of psychotherapy and religious diversity. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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Roberts, A. R. (Ed.). (2009). Social workers’ desk reference (2nd ed.). Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

Rush, A. J., First, M. B., & Blacker, D. (Eds.). (2008). Handbook of psychiatric measures (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishers.

Sowers, K. M., & Dulmus, C. N. (Eds.). (2008). Comprehensive handbook of social work and social welfare (Vols. 1-4). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Steele, R. G., & Roberts, M. C. (Eds.). (2005). Handbook of mental health services for children, adolescents, and families . New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. [Also available ONLINE ]

Steketee, G. (Ed.). (2012). The Oxford handbook of obsessive compulsive and spectrum disorders . Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

Stolley, K. S., & Bullough, V. L. (Eds.). (2006). The Praeger handbook of adoption (Vols. 1-2). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Sullivan, K. (2011). The anti-bullying handbook (2nd ed.). Los Angeles, CA; London: Sage.

Sussman, M. B., Steinmetz, S. K., & Peterson, G. W. (Eds.). (1999). Handbook of marriage and the family (2nd ed.). New York: Plenum Press.

Sutker, P. B. & Adams, H. E. (Eds.). (2001). Comprehensive handbook of psychopathology (3rd ed.). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Suzuki, L. A., & Ponterotto, J. G. (Eds.). (2008). Handbook of multicultural assessment: Clinical, psychological, and educational applications (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Szinovacz, M. E. (Ed.). (1998). Handbook on grandparenthood . Westport: Greenwood Press.

Thyer, B. A., & Wodarski, J. S. (Eds.). (1998). Handbook of empirical social work practice (Vols. 1-2). New York: Wiley.

Tolan, P. H., & Cohler, B. J. (Eds.). (1993). Handbook of clinical research and practice with adolescents . New York: Wiley.

Touliatos, J., Perlmutter, B. F., & Straus, M. A. (Eds.). (2001). Handbook of family measurement techniques (Vols. 1-3). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Uhlenberg, P. (Ed.). (2009). International handbook of population aging. [Dordrecht; London]: Springer.

Verney, K., & Sartain, L. (Eds.). (2009). Long is the way and hard: One hundred years of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press.

Weil, M., & Reisch, M. (Eds.). (2005). Handbook of community practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Weiner, M. F., & Lipton, A. M. (Eds.). (2009). The American Psychiatric Publishing textbook of Alzheimer disease and other dementias. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing

Worell, J., & Goodheart, C. D. (Eds.). (2006). Handbook of girls’ and women’s psychological health. New York: Oxford University Press.

World Association for Infant Mental Health. (2000). Handbook of infant mental health (Vols. 1-4). (J. D. Osofsky & H. E. Fitzgerald, Eds.). New York: Wiley.

Zeanah, C. H., Jr. (Ed.). (2009). Handbook of infant mental health (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

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Online Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

Provides online access to articles from the print version of the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History and the Dictionary of Cleveland Biography. The website is maintained by Case Western Reserve University and the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Encyclopedia of Psychology

This resource directs the researcher to various websites on specific psychology-related topics.

For additional online encyclopedias see our Ready Reference: Encyclopediasweb page.

Online Handbooks

Background Notes

The U.S. Department of State publishes Background Notes on approximately 170 countries worldwide. These are brief, factual online pamphlets with information on each country’s culture, history, geography, economy, government and current political situation. Some print copies are also available for in-library use in the Government Documents Dept. of Kelvin Smith Library.

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