International Encyclopedia of Social & Behavioral Sciences
- N. J. Smelser
- James Wright, University of Central Florida
- P. B. Baltes
This Encyclopedia is the first attempt in a generation to map the social and behavioral sciences on a grand scale. Not since the publication in 1968 of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, edited by David L. Sills, has there been such an ambitious project to describe the state of the art in all the fields encompassed within the social and behavioral sciences.
Available in both print (26 volumes) and online editions, it comprises 4,000 articles, commissioned by 52 Section Editors, and includes 90,000 bibliographic references as well as comprehensive name and subject indexes.
Published: November 2001
"..OVERALL ASSESSMENT - Easy to use and extremely comprehensive in its subject coverage, the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences online from Elsevier offers a great deal to academic and research libraries..
..Elsevier?s commitment to continual updates and cross-referencing will further increase its value..
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The Charleston Advisor, 2005
..the largest corpus of knowledge about the social and behavioral sciences in existence.. the social science equivalent of the Egyptian pyramids..one of the great wonders of the scientific world. ..the Web-based version of the Encyclopedia fully unleashes the power, complexity, and organization of this monumental work. I tried a number of diverse topics via the web and was extremely pleased with the results ..each time I entered a topic on the web, I located not only primary articles, but a host of additional articles that cut across psychology, philosophy, history, and law. .. unquestionably the most ambitious, remarkable, intellectual product to emerge from the social sciences in decades and is a simultaneously humbling and inspiring achievement.
Contemporary Psychology, 2004
IESBS, a major social science reference work with a user-friendly interface.. Displays provide three alternatives: PDF, Summary Plus.., and Full-Text + links..content may be accessed by searching the database or selecting among five categories on the navigation bar.. Well worth the expense, even to libraries holding the print version..
Summing Up: Essential. Large public and academic libraries.
CHOICE, November 2003
...a monumental effort to bring together knowledge from across the globe in the social and behavioural sciences.
Times Higher Education Supplement, June 2003
The web version of International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences is a well-organized and well-designed product, with full access to the content of the print edition. As an increasingly valuable interdisciplinary resource it is strongly recommended for academic and medium to large public libraries.
Library Journal, April 2003
The IESBS is truly a monumental work..... it is and will be for many years 'the encyclopedia' in the social and behavioral sciences.
Behavioral and Social Sciences Librarian, Volume 21/2, 2003
- Overarching Topics.
Institutions and infrastructure (D.L. Featherman). History of the social and behavioral sciences (P. Wagner). Ethics of research and applications (R. McC. Adams, J. Mittelstrass). Biographies (K.U. Mayer). Integrative concepts and issues (R.M. Lerner, R.A. Scott).
Statistics (S.E. Fienberg, J.B. Kadane). Mathematics and computer sciences (A.A.J. Marley). Logic of inquiry and research design (T.D. Cook, C. Ragin).
Anthropology (U. Hannerz). Archaeology (M.W. Conkey, P. Kirch). Demography (J. Hoem). Economics (O. Ashenfelter). Education (F.E. Weinert). Geography (S. Hanson). History (J. Kocka). Law (M. Galanter, L.B. Edelman). Linguistics (B. Comrie). Philosophy (P. Pettit, A. Honneth). Political science (N. Polsby). Clinical and applied psychology (T. Wilson). Cognitive psychology and cognitive science (W. Kintsch). Developmental, social, personality and motivational psychology (N. Eisenberg). Sociology (R. Boudon).
Evolutionary sciences (W. Durham, M.W. Feldman). Genetics, behavior and society (M.W. Feldman, R. Wehner). Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience (R.F. Thompson, J.L. McClelland). Psychiatry (M. Sabshin, F. Holsboer). Health (R. Schwarzer, J.S. House). Gender studies (P. England). Religious studies (D. Martin). Expressive forms (W. Griswold). Environmental/ecological sciences (B.L. Turner). Science and technology studies (S. Jasanoff). Area and international studies (M. Byrne McDonnell, C. Culhoun).
Organizational and management studies (A. Martinelli). Media studies and commercial applications (M. Schudson). Urban studies and planning (E. Birch). Public policy (K. Prewitt, I. Katznelson). Modern cultural concerns (R.A. Shweder).