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See also guides on Women in Society, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Studies, Abortion & Birth Control, Aging & Death, Children & Adolescents, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, Native American Studies, and Bioethics, plus the Feminist Studies Collections Web site.


Guides to Information and Research Methods can help you get started.

American Families: A Research Guide and Historical Handbook (Green Library SSRC HQ535.A85 1991) each chapter looks at an aspect of the history of American families and gives a sizeable bibliography. An introductory guide.

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Encyclopedias and handbooks can provide useful descriptions, overviews, and lists of references.

International encyclopedia of marriage and family (Online & Green Library Information Center HQ9 .E52 1995) updates Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family articles of varying size with long bibliographies.

The Family in America : An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO (Green Library Information Center HQ536.H365 2001) tracks "the role and dynamic of the family in the U.S. from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day."

Family Research (Green Library SSRC HQ518.F3428 1991) "a comprehensive review of family research from 1930 to 1990....For each decade, the authors review some of the noteworthy studies, discuss theoretical and methodological trends, and identify some of the key studies and findings."

Marriage, Family, and Relationships: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia (Green Library Information Center GN480.B76 1994) medium length essays and bibliographies on various aspects of family and sexuality.

Handbook of Marriage and the Family, 2nd ed. (Green Library SSRC HQ518.H154 1999) lengthy articles by scholars with long biographies "to provide current trends and analyses of the contemporary research, theory, and intervention strategies that contribute to our understanding of families.

A History of the Family (Green Library SSRC HQ503.H5713 1996) - a translation of a 1986 French publication with individual chapters written by experts covering the family from antiquity to modern times.

Work and Family in America : A Reference Handbook (Green Library Information Center HD4904.25.S84 2001)

Related Topics

Encyclopedia of American Social History (Green Library Information Center HN57.E58 1992) Vol. 3, Part XI (pp. 1923-2070) on "Family History" has lengthy articles written by some of the leading scholars in the field, plus good bibliographies.

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (Green Library Information Center BJ63.E53 1998) Start with the index at the end of vol. 4 to identify family-related topics. Essays are long with selected bibliographies.

Encyclopedia of Bioethics (Green Library Information Center QH332.E52 1995) has essays on the family and related topics which examine the implications for medicine and bioethics generally.

Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology (Green Library Information Center GN307.E52 1996) includes an essay on "Family and Household Structure," plus related topics.

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior (Green Library Information Center BF31.E5 1994) Start with the index at the end of vol. 4 to identify family-related topics.

Encyclopedia of Psychology, APA (Green Library Information Center BF31 .E52 2000) contains articles of varying length.

International Encyclopedia of Psychology (Green Library Information Center BF31.I58 1996) Start with the index at the end of vol. 2 to identify family-related topics.

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Online & Green Library SSRC H41 .I58 2001) articles reflecting not only the canonical social sciences such as economics, political science, sociology and psychology, but also "the biological and cultural 'co-construction' of behavior and society."

The Encyclopedia of Religion (Green Library Information Center BL31.E46 1987) has a long essay (with bibliography) on the "Family" (v. 5, pp. 276-282) and its connections to religion.

Encyclopedia of Social Work, 19th ed. 1995 (Green Library Information Center HV35.E5) contains lengthy articles and bibliographies on topics such as "Families," "Family Change," "Domestic Violence," and "Child Sexual Abuse."

Encyclopedia of Sociology (Green Library Information Center HM17.E5 1992) has articles on a number of topics related to the families. Essays tend to be long with good bibliographies.

Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000 (Green Library Information Center HN373.E63 2001) especially vol. 4 which includes a section on the Family.

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women : Global Women's Issues and Knowledge (Green Library Information Center HQ1115 .R69 2000) articles vary in length and include suggestions for further reading

Women's Studies Encyclopedia, revised and expanded edition. (Green Library Information Center HQ1115 W645 1999) "contains information about women from all fields and disciplines of study." Articles vary in length and include references.

Completely Queer: The Gay and Lesbian Encyclopedia (Green Library Information Center HQ75.H63 1998) focuses on "the multifaceted international subculture self-identified lesbians and gay men have cultivated and refined in the second half of the 20th century." Contains essays on children and marriage. See also Encyclopedia of Homosexuality (Green Library Information Center & Stacks HQ76.25.E53 1990).


Indexes (in paper and electronic formats) can help you identify articles in magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals and other resources. Those restricted to the Stanford community are marked with the icon. Choose the after a database name to see it's help. For other indexes see the Databases A-Z and Green Library CD-ROMs lists.

Family and Society Studies Worldwide (1970+) - part of BiblioLine. indexes and abstracts over a thousand journals, books, conference papers, government reports, etc., and includes all the records once published in the comprehensive Inventory of Marriage and Family Literature. Stanford only

Sage Family Studies Abstracts (1981-2003 Green Library Information Center HQ546.S23; 1999+ on the Web ) Stanford only

Women Studies Abstracts (1972+ shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7962/W65; 1984+ also in Women's Studies International on the Web ) indexes feminist and scholarly books and periodicals. Stanford only

Women's Studies Index (1989+ shelved at Green Library Information Center HQ1180.W68; also on Web as Women's Studies on Disc SUNet ID required) indexes a wide range of periodicals. Stanford only

Contemporary Women's Issues (1992+, full-text via the Web) reports, articles, and newsletters on issues affecting women.

Gender Watch (1982+) fulltext articles, newsletters, reports focused on gender and women's issues. Stanford only

ATLA Religion Database (1949+) includes some fulltext (ATLAS) Stanford only

LexisNexis Academic - selected Lexis-Nexis files especially good for fulltext news, business, and law information. Limited to Stanford students, faculty, and staff. Stanford only

Alternative Press Index (1991+ available on the Web ; 1969-71; 1974+ shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7164.S66A5) indexes periodicals devoted to social change, including some gay/lesbian periodicals. Stanford only

Alt-PressWatch provides fulltext of "a collection of newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press." Stanford only

America: History and Life (1964+) covers U.S. and Canadian history. Includes abstracts Stanford only

Anthropology Plus (late 19th century +) includes Anthropological Literature and Anthropological Index. Stanford only

Black Studies on Disc SUNet ID required. Stanford only(1988+ ) contains the Catalog of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and 1988+ of the Index to Black Periodicals (see information on print holdings below.) Contains information on materials by and about African Americans, Africa and peoples of African ancestry.

Chicano Database (1967+) includes some citations for earlier years. A comprehensive bibliographic information resource about the Mexican American experience identifying the Chicano body of literature, including the broad Latino experience of Puerto Rican, Cuban and Central American immigrants. Stanford only full-text information on Congress and American politics. Stanford only

Academic OneFile general index to periodicals with some fulltext. (1980+) Stanford only

Historical Abstracts (1954+) covers world history except U.S. & Canada. Stanford only

Humanities Index (1974+ Green Library Information Center AI3.H8) Author/subject index to periodicals in fields such as area studies, folklore, history, language, literature, philosophy, religion & theology.

Index to Black Periodicals (1984+ Green Library Information Center Z1361.N39I55; also 1988+ on Black Studies on Disc Stanford only) (Formerly: Index to Periodical Articles by and about Blacks 1950-69; 1971-83). Indexes African-American periodicals of general and scholarly interest.

LexisNexis Congressional (1970+) full-text of U.S. legislative information. Stanford only

PAIS International, 1972+ ; 1915+ volumes are shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7163.P9) indexes selected books, government documents, and periodical articles on contemporary public issues and the making of public policy.

PsycArticles Fulltext Search fulltext of articles in journals published by the American Psychological Association. Stanford only

Psycinfo (1887+) indexes and abstracts books, periodicals and other literature in psychology. Also Available from OVID.

Social Science Module from ProQuest - fulltext of journals in the social sciences. Stanford only

Social Sciences and Humanities Index (formerly International Index to Periodicals) 1907-1974. (Green Library Information Center AI3.S6)

Social Sciences Index, 1974+ (Green Library Information Center AI3S62L) Author/subject index to periodicals in fields such as anthropology, economics, family studies, geography, international relations, law and criminology, political science, policy studies, psychology, social work, sociology, and urban studies.

Sociological Abstracts (1963+) Indexes articles concerned spectrum of social behavior (individuals, small groups, large organizations, communities, institutions, and societies). Covers sociology and related disciplines such as anthropology, criminology, law, social psychology, urban studies, race relations, demography, and education. Stanford only


Statistical Handbook of the American Family (Online Stanford only & Law Library HQ536 .S727 1999) combines "previously unpublished materials along with the compilation of family data from a wide array of published material." Index.

Families and Living Arrangements (U.S. Census Bureau)

Statistical Abstract of the United States (Green Library Information Center Ready Reference HA202.A483) published annually, it gathers together a wealth of statistical information from a variety of governmental and non-governmental sources. Forum on Child and Family Statistics

Other Stanford Libraries

In addition to the resources in Green, you may well want to use the resources of other libraries on campus, especially:

Other Internet Resources


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