Background sources, also known as reference sources, include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, directories, and other online or print "books". You might want to consult one or more of them when you're first starting your research, especially if the topic you are researching is unfamiliar to you. They can be excellent sources of factual information, concepts, theories, definitions, terminology and references to other, more in-depth, sources of information.
Some of the sources listed on this page are links to online resources, while others are books that are located in one or more campus libraries at Okanagan College.
Health, social services and medication dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks may be a useful starting point. Many of these resources provide basic information, overviews of topics, or introduce specialized terminology.
|Dictionary of developmental disabilities terminology||Ref RJ 135 .A26 2011|
|The language of mental health: A glossary of psychiatric terms||Ref RC 437 .L28 2011|
|Diagnostic + statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5||Ref RC 455.2 .C4 D536 2013|
|Encyclopedia of genetic disorders and birth defects||Ref RB 155.5 .W96 2008|
|A-Z of syndromes and inherited disorders||Ref RC 69 .G55 2000|
A-Z of groups and groupwork
Professional guide to diseases
|Ref HV 45 .D63 2014
Ref RT 65 .P69 2012
|Encyclopedia of human development||Ref HM 626 .E53 2006|
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