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Aging and Death

See also guides on Women in Society and Family Studies.


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

Women and Aging: A Guide to the Literature (Green Library Information Center Z7963.A4W54 1997) a bibliography of books and periodicals arranged by "broad fields and areas as they relate to aging of women, mid-life women, and elderly women."

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

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

Aging (Green Library Information Center HQ1061 .A42453 2000) articles on all aspects of aging. Includes references.

The Graying of America : An Encyclopedia of Aging, Health, Mind, and Behavior (Green Library Information Center HQ1064 .U5 K39 2001) no bibliographies.

Aging in America A to Z. CQ Press (Green Library Information Center HQ1064 .U5 B379 2001) a "snapshot of the state of public policy at the beginning of the twenty-first century."

The Encyclopedia of Aging, 2nd ed. (Green Library SSRC HQ1061.E53 1995; Lane Medical Library has 2001 ed.) "A Comprehensive Resource in Gerontology and Geriatrics." Includes sections on the family and related topics with references listed just before the index.

Older Americans Almanac: A Reference Work on Seniors in the United States (Green Library Information Center HQ1064.U5O416 1994)

Handbook on Women and Aging (Green Library Information Center HQ1059.5.U5H36 1997) "The intent in each chapter is to discuss the state of knowledge and the most current research on....A wide variety of subjects reflecting many areas of the lives of midlife and older women."

Encyclopedia of Death and Dying (Green Library Information Center HQ1073 .E543 2001) medium length articles on a broad range of topics connected with death.

The Moral Imagination: Confronting the Ethical Issues of Our Day (Green Library Information Center BJ1031.T57 1995) Though not an encyclopedia, this book tries "to collect the best arguments on all sides of the debates over abortion , suicide, euthanasia, capital punishment, and racial justice."


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 Stanford only icon. Choose the [help] 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. Stanford onlyindexes 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.

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 Stanford only) indexes feminist and scholarly books and periodicals.

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

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

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

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

Anthropology Plus (1984+) Stanford only

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

Expanded Academic ASAP [help] general index to over 1500 magazines with some fulltext. (1980+) Click Proceed. Stanford only

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

Humanities Abstracts (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.

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 AI3S62) 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+)Stanford only (1952-1973 shelved at Green Library Information Center HM1.S67) 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.


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.

The Older Population in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau)

Aging into the 21st Century [1996] (National Aging Information Center, Administration on Aging)

Other Stanford Libraries

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

Internet Resources

ShinJoung Yeo, Coordinator for Reference Services
Cecil H. Green Library, Stanford University Libraries

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