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Reference Books

Use these sources for overviews of topics, countries and cultures.

  • Countries and Their Cultures
    New York: Macmillan 2001
    This set covers both national cultures of 225 countries and the cultures of diverse groups within their borders. Covers history, ethnic relations, political life, and religion.
    • Location(s): Ref GN 307 .C68 2001
    1576-present
  • Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
    New York: Scribner's 2002
    Intended to be the most comprehensive standard reference work on the region, this set covers East, Southeast, South, Central, and West-Southwest Central Asia, from Japan to Turkey, Khazakstan to Indonesia. The focus in on the twentieth century, with articles covering places, peoples, geography, the arts, economics, religion, and more.
    • Location(s): Ref DS 4 .L48 2002
  • Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
    Detroit: Thomson Gale 2004 2nd ed. edition
    Covers a wide variety of topics in politics, history, economics, religion, sociology, culture, and geography of 23 predominantly Muslim countries. Articles are intended for a non-specialist readership, and controversial issues are covered in a non-partisan manner.
    • Location(s): Ref DS 43 .E53 2004
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes
    Detroit: Gale 1998
    Offers surveys of tribes, including history, migration, subsistence, modern history, and current issues. Use the index to locate nations that may have more than one name in use (e.g. Anishinabe / Ojibwe / Chippewa).
    • Location(s): Ref E77 .G15 1998
  • New Encyclopedia of Africa
    New York: Scribner's 2008
    Covers the peoples, civilizations, and history of Africa. Articles cover countries, individuals, ethnic groups, and many topics such as African art, transportation, gender, ecosystems, symbolism, and religion.
    • Location(s): Ref DT2 .N48 2008
Finding Books

Our books are shelved using the Library of Congress shelving system. Once you locate a call number using the catalog, browse the area where the book is shelved - you may find more books of interest. Books with call numbers starting with A - PQ are shelved upstairs. Books with call numbers starting with PR - Z are shelved on the main floor.

  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. You can also search it from the library's main page.
  • WorldCat
    If we don't have the book you need, you can search this massive catalog of libraries around the world and request them through interlibrary loan. Use the barcode on your ID card and your last name to make the request. It takes at least a few days for books to arrive. You'll get an e-mail message when a book arrives and you can pick it up at the main desk.
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Finding Articles
  • Academic Search Premier
    Covers articles of all types (magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals) on all subjects. Some, but not all, of the articles are in full text. If full text is not available, click on Find It to see if it's available in some other form.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers.
    1986-present (most from 1995 on)
Citing Your Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

Use Everyday Writer for the details on how to write about sources and format your references. If your book isn't handy, there's one shelved behind the reference desk - or use our guide. For a useful tutorial on avoiding plagiarism, try this site from Purdue University.

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