October 10th, 2007

Using ebooks for Background Research

Not sure what a term means, or just want a bit more background on a particular topic? Need a little inspiration for your next paper? Not having luck finding what you need from the Credo Reference database? You do have another option: the Capella ebook databases.

Both ebrary and NetLibrary have dozens of dictionaries and encyclopedias on a wide range of topics. Here are a few examples:


The Mafia Encyclopedia (Okay, they’re not all this much fun!)
The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Organizational Behavior
Dictionary of Information Security
Dictionary of Legal Terms: A Simplified Guide to the Language
Historical Dictionary of American Education
The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology
The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science
Dictionary of Marketing Terms
Encyclopedia of American Prisons
Encyclopedia of Multicultural Education
Encyclopedia of Adult Development
And many, many more . . . .

If you find a reference book (or any book) in ebrary or NetLibrary that you want to use in the future, you can create a personal account and save the book to your bookshelf or favorites. Now you can build your own reference shelf.

– Erin


Comment from Elizabeth Wilkerson
Time July 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

How do I create a personal account? I am having difficulty accessing the various dictionaries noted above. I can’t open links to they using this page.
Please advise.

Thank you.

Elizabeth Wilkerson

Comment from Loraine Pitts
Time October 26, 2010 at 4:07 am

I need to look up a term in a dictionary. I attempted to find a link to The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology
but cannot.

Comment from kstaley
Time October 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm


The best way to find a specific book by title is to use the Journal and Book Locator, which is linked from the Library’s home page. Once the Journal and Book Locator comes up, type in the title of the book and click Search. The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology is held in two of our databases, Netlibrary and Credo. I would actually recommend that you click on the link for Credo, as that will take you to a list of all the terms that are defined in this dictionary.

I hope that helps!

Capella University Librarian

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