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Sustainability: Social Sciences & Politics: Find Background Information

Find Background Information

Before plunging into research, it is good to know the basics of your topic. Basic information that is both authoritative and reliable can most quickly be found in reference works, like general and specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks. Gumberg Library can provide you with many such resources in both electronic and print formats.

On this page you can easily access electronic reference works.To get to selected print reference works, point to the "Find Background Information" tab. Then, from the pulldown menu, choose "Print Reference Works." You may also want to try the current events databases in the box below.

Electronic Reference Books

On this page is a list of relevant reference works that can be accessed electronically. Just click on the title of the book.

To access these electronic reference works off-campus, you must enter your Multipass username and password.

Current Events Database

CQ Researcher gives objective overviews of hot topics in the news, including environmental issues. The articles give opinions on all sides of an issue, and are good sources of statistics. A great resource for beginning research.

Electronic Reference Collections

Gumberg Library subscribes to a number of collections of electronic reference works. These cover all subject areas, and in most cases, you are able to search all the titles in a collection at once. This means you do not have to have in mind a particular book to search.

Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability

There is no shortage of information about environmental problems and no dearth of people calling themselves experts on sustainability. In fact, there is all too much information, and strident voices with opposing claims and frightening predictions. Now, however, the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability solves the problem of information overload. The ten-volume set includes concise overviews from experts on an array of sustainability-related topics, compiled into thematic volumes. The reader will find solid research data, thorough analyses, and jargon-free discussion, effectively transforming a fast-developing research domain.

To use a volume in this electronic reference work, just click the title of a volume below. To use these volumes off-campus, you will need to enter your Multipass information when you click on a title link.