This free open access online sociology dictionary was originally constructed using open source software and freely distributable source materials such as OpenStax, Wiktionary and Wordnet. The dictionary is primarily composed of original research from contributors and peer reviewers. Additionally, the dictionary has cited work from other author’s original work. These works are used in the dictionary under scholarly fair use. For more information, refer to the copyright page.
The OESD began part of a multi-semester Independent Study at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, under the tutelage of the Sociology and Anthropology department by Kenton Bell. The project continues with the assistance from the staff and students of the University of Wollongong.