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- specific factual information such as dates
- overviews or summaries of topics
- recommendations for additional sources
Types of reference sources
- specialized encyclopedias
- statistical compilations
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Online Reference Resources
Search for definitions and descriptions from an online collection of high quality reference sources in sociology.
Selected Print Reference Sources
These are located on Dimond Main Level and represent just a sampling. For more reference resources, search the library catalog or contact the Research Center.
Comprehensive access to statistical information from state and federal government agencies, IGOs, and nonprofit organizations.
Extensive population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the US Census Bureau. (Unrestricted Access)
New Hampshire Community Profiles
Information on the 234 incorporated cities and towns in the State of New Hampshire. (Unrestricted Access)
Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition
The standard source for the quantitative facts of American history. Statistics from over 1000 sources that include over 37,000 data series.
US Bureau of Justice Statistics
Collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. (Unrestricted Access)
UNH Library Data Services
For computer-based numeric and geospatial data resources in the library. Includes the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, a collection of data sets available to members of ICPSR
Foundation Directory Online
Information on grantmakers and their grants including a database of over 96,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of over 3,600 sponsoring companies; a database of over 1.4 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 533,000 recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.