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Titles Worth Browsing
1. 10,000 IDEAS for Term Papers, Projects, Reports & Speeches (REFDESK REF LB1047.3L35 1995)
2. Encyclopedia of American Social Movements (REF HN57.E594 2004)
3. Encyclopedia of Social Issues (REF HN57.E59 1997)
4. Social Issues in America (REF HN57.S624 2006)
For more titles, see the Library Catalog.
Digital Titles to Explore Topics
- Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection
- Encyclopedia Britannica
- Social Issues in America
- Google News
- Google Scholar
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