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Gerontology: Reference Books

LibGuide for both Nursing and Social Work.

find reference books

Use encyclopedias, handbooks and dictionaries to gather background information on your topic. Entries in encyclopdias, handbooks and dictionaries will provide summaries and definitions and will often include citations for further reading.

search words

Keep a list of your search terms, for example:



geriatric nursing

older people

aging OR ageing


old age


elder care



senior citizen

"activity theory"


aging -- physiology



Access library databases, ebooks, journals, journal articles, and streaming video from off campus.



1)  select a resource from Databases A-Z or a Research Guide (ex. EBSCOhost)

2)  on the “EzPproxy” login screen

3)  enter your FalconNet username and password


NOTE: Your EzPproxy login is the same as your Campus Network login (FalconNet); also, your Canvas login and your Email login--without the It is NOT your My CedarCrest login.

If you encounter a problem or need assistance email Cressman Library Information Services at Email individual librarians to make a Reference appointment for help with research questions.

search the library catalog, WorldCat Discovery

Try this search, enter:      su:Gerontology Encyclopedias       in the search box

reference ebooks

Just a few reference ebooks are listed here.

For more, and for ebooks that are not reference handbooks or encyclopedias, go to the databases listed in the next box and to the "Books" tab in this guide.

Finding eBooks

See also: GALE Health & Wellness Resource Center

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