We have attempted to answer some of the more common questions you may have in this frequenty asked questions secion. However, if you have any queries about the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online and can't find the information in these pages, please contact us.

Q. How do I purchase the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology for my institution?
A. Please speak to your librarian, who can order the Encyclopedia direct or through their library supplier. Visit our ordering page to find out more. Please remember that because of their budgets your librarian will need as much advance notice as possible.

Q. Who will benefit from using the Encyclopedia?
A. All students and researchers in sociology will need access to the Encyclopedia. With entries ranging from extended explorations of major topics to short definitions of key terms, the Encyclopedia is designed for expert and newcomer alike.

Q. When was the Encyclopedia published?
A. The Encyclopedia was published simultaneously in print and online in January 2007.

Q. Why should my institution subscribe to the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online?
A. It is the first new major reference work in Sociology for a generation. It is published simultaneously in both print and online versions to provide users with the opportunity to access this key resource in the most convenient manner.
The online version offers:

  • Continuous and immediate 24/7 access to a major new resource for Sociological resource for students and academics
  • Powerful searching and browsing capabilities
  • Extensive cross-referencing and Open URL technology
  • An accessible, easy to navigate user interface
  • Self administered access
  • Industry standard usage reporting
  • MARC records support

Q. How can I buy the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online?
A. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online can be purchased in two ways:

  • An annual subscription with all updates include.
  • An outright purchase with an annual fee covering hosting and updates.
  • Visit our contact us page to request additional information

The print Encyclopedia is available direct from Wiley-Blackwell or via your usual suppliers.

Q. How much is the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online?
A. Pricing is based on institutional size and type. Contact us to learn more

Q. How do I know how much my institution will pay?
A. Please contact us with details of your institution with your full institutional address and contact details also including:

  • Type (e.g. University, 4 Year College, 2 Year College, Public Library, Government or Corporate, School)
  • Size (e.g. FTE enrolment, population served or number of employees.)

Q. Can my institution have a trial of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online?
A. Yes, we can arrange a free 60 day trial for your institution. Please contact us to arrange the trail.

Q. What if I buy the print and the online versions of the Encyclopedia?
A. If you buy the print and online version there is a special reduced price. Please contact us for details.

Q. How many updates are there per year?
A.There are three updates per year that add new entires to the Encyclopedia, as well as updates to existing entries.

Q. When can I start my subscription?
A. You may start your subscription at any time during the year. Subscriptions run for 12 months.

Q. What is Wiley-Blackwell doing to ensure I can always access the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online?
A. Wiley-Blackwell is committed to ensuring that customers continue to have access to resources they have purchased. Please contact us if you have questions. 

Q. How is access controlled?
A. The standard options available include IP address recognition, ATHENS (UK only), library cards, referring URL, and username and password for remote users. If you require further options please contact us.

Q. How do subscribers gain access to the full text of articles?
A. Once the user is authenticated they will have immediate access to the full text of all articles.

Q. Is there a limit to the number of concurrent users?
A. No. Institutional access is unlimited.

Q. Are usage statistics provided?
A. Yes, when you purchase your subscription, you will be given access administrative access to a subscriber services area where you can access a full range of usage statistics. The reports will be COUNTER compatible.

Q. What kinds of reference linking does the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online use?
A. Currently Open URL linking. When you purchase your subscription, you will be given administrative access to a subscriber services area where you can add details of your link resolver.

Q. What do I keep if I decide in the future to cancel my subscription?
A. If in the unlikely event you do wish to cancel your access, your options depend on how you have paid for the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online:

  • Subscription customers will no longer be able to access Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online but will have the opportunity to purchase a version for local hosting including all updates included up until the end of the subscription period.
  • Outright purchase customers can request a version for local hosting complete with all updates supplied to date.

Q. What are your terms for copying/coursepacks?
A. We waive copyright costs for personal and student course use.

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Technical Questions
Q. What are the technical standards that Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online  conforms to?
A. Every page on the sites will comply with the following criteria:

  • HTML validity.
    All pages delivered will be valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional, as defined by the W3C
  • Screen resolution.
    All pages will be useable (with no horizontal scrolling wherever possible) when the screen resolution is set to 800x600 pixels.
  • Color.
    All pages will be useable when the color depth is set to 256 colours.
  • Window re-sizing.
    All pages will correctly re-flow text and images when browser windows are resized; line lengths for textual material will always be relative to the current window size.
  • Frames.
    No frames will be used in the entire site.
  • Platforms and browsers.
    Pages will display fully on the following platform and browser combinations:
    • Windows IE 6.0
    • Windows IE 5.0
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    Pages will also display reliably on the following:

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  • Unicode.
    Unicode will be used to render accented and non-roman characters in site pages. The encoding used to deliver Unicode characters will be UTF-8.
  • Text size.
    The stylesheets used to format text on the site will not set absolute point sizes; this will allow the user to re-size the text to a comfortable reading size using the controls that their browser provides.
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    Usage of cookies for users of the sites may be mandatory for certain areas of the web site.

Q. Do you offer library card access to Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online?
A. Librarians or account administrators have the option to allow their users to access BEOS Online using their library card. Please contact us if you would like to offer library card access to your users.

Q. What should you do if you still cannot access the site or have technical difficulties which your web administrator or our FAQ’s have not satisfactorily answered?
A. Refer to this link which will answer more questions and allow you to raise a call with our support team.

Q. Who should be the point of contact with Wiley-Blackwell regarding set up?
A. Please follow this link during normal office hours (9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays) on issues relating to the functioning of the website where functionality cannot be restored by your own Trusts’ webservices support.

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