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Reference Books - Finding Background Information
Reference books, including encyclopedias and dictionaries, can be excellent sources of background information on a topic.
Credo Reference is a collection of online reference books. Use the search box below to find entries related to your research topic.
The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History is a peer-reviewed encyclopedia providing background information and a bibliography for further reading. Click the Environmental History section after opening the database.
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History A peer reviewed encyclopedia covering diverse aspects of American history from the colonial period through the twentieth century. Topics include the Civil War and reconstruction, politics, economics, women, science and technology, labor, and the environment, as well as the history of groups such as Native Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, African Americans, and Asian Americans. Content is added and updated monthly. Full-text.
Reference Books on Sustainability
Reference books can give you helpful background information on a topic as you begin your research. Below are some examples from our library.
Use the library catalog search box on this page to find books and e-books at Dickinson.
Jumpstart searches both the catalog and a large number of library databases, so it is also great place to start your research.
For help understanding library call numbers and locating books in the library, please see our tutorial on finding books in the Waidner-Spahr Library and the library map.
Books About Sustainability
We have many books in our collection on topics related to sustainability. Some useful Library of Congress Classification Subjects include:
Other search suggestions:
- Enter "Environmental aspects" as a subject in our catalog and then enter the location or topic that you are interested in as a keyword.
- Use different terms to describe the same phenomena. Put "OR" between similar ideas. For example: "environmental movement" OR "green movement"
- Click here for more tips on choosing search terms.
A Selection of Sustainability Books
Below are some examples of books about sustainability in the Waidner-Spahr Library.