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Sustainability: Green Building: 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.

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 Works

Below is a list of relevant reference works that can be accessed electronically. Though none of these reference titles is completely devoted to sustainable design and construction, a search in each of them will reveal articles on aspects of those topics.

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

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.