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IDS 243+: SJPD (Social Justice, Peace, and Development) Gustavus in India Program

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Doing Research

With so many information sources available online and in print, simply finding information usually isn't the issue. The true research problem lies in finding quality information sources that are appropriate for your topic. Take time to think critically about your research. Have you utilized the best sources for your topic? Have you thoroughly explored the nuances of your topic and supporting sources? This approach will not only be useful in this class, it will be invaluable as you head into the workforce or further graduate study. As always, give yourself enough time to do your research and have fun with your topics and the places they're taking you!


Where to Start?

Research is a circuitous path, but there are general tips you should remember: Use reference books to gain an overview of your topics. Search the library's catalog for books on your topic. Explore this class page for suggestions on article databases. Along the way, always be assessing your progress - do you have all the information you need to form an argument for your paper? Have you narrowed your topic enough to fit the scope of the paper? Do you have a sense of the major scholars in your field (this comes from a detailed search of your topic)? Do you have enough evidence to support your thesis or do you need more information? Keep these things in mind as you do your research and you'll find yourself with an excellent bibliography at the end.


Table of Contents:

Reference Books
Reference books are an indispensable part of research. They give overviews of topics, which helps you understand your topic as well as to narrow it. The overviews also usually give you ideas for search terms to use in catalogs and databases. Often reference books will have suggestions for further readings, which are excellent sources for your paper. Reference books are shelved on the west side of the library on the main floor.
  • Nuclear Safety in the U.S.
    • Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy
      Macmillan Reference USA 2001
      Covers major technologies associated with energy production and use as well as historical, political, ethical, and social aspects of the subject. Short, accessible articles.
      • Location(s): Ref TJ 163.28 .M33 2001
      2 vols.
    • Wiley Encyclopedia of Energy and the Environment
      Wiley 1997
      Includes lengthy, authored articles with extensive bibliographies on topics of energy production and use and their environmental effects. Also includes information on related legal and policy issues.
      • Location(s): Ref TJ 163.235 .W55 1997
      2 vols.
  • Water Privatization in the U.S.
    • Encyclopedia of Global Change: Environmental Change and Human Society
      Oxford 2002
      Offers articles on environmental changes and the effects of those changes on humans. Topics covered include earth and earth systems, human factors (disease, land use, industrialization) resources (water, land, mineral) and political responses to global change.
      • Location(s): Ref GE 149 .E47 2002
      2 vols.
    • Encyclopedia of Sustainability
      ABC-CLIO/Greenwood 2010
      Each volume in this three volume set covers a different context in which the term "sustainability" is used: environment and ecology, business and economics, and equity and fairness. Entries cover basic concepts and terms, as well as policy initiatives, controversies, and future trends. Volumes also include biographical sketches of important contributors to sustainability efforts from the scientific, economic, public policy, and activist realms, plus bibliographies.
      • Location(s): Ref GE 10 .C65 2010
  • Labor Unions and Collective Bargaining Rights
    • Encyclopedia of American Social Movements
      Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference 2004
      Organized by topic rather than alphabetically, this set covers the antislavery movement, civil rights, the women's movement, labor, Native American, religious and Utopian, antiwar and student movements, LGBT, environmental, and global justice movements, each with in-depth chronological coverage and analysis.
      • Location(s): Ref HN 57 .E594 2004
    • Historical Dictionary of Organized Labor
      Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press 2004
      Contains 400 entries describing the labor movements in countries around the world, and the important people, organizations, ideas, and political parties involved in organized labor.
      • Location(s): Reference HD 4839 .D58 2004
  • Indigenous Peoples of the U.S.
    • Encyclopedia of Minnesota Indians
      St. Clair Shores, MI: Somerset Publishers 1998
      Includes a historical overview, A-Z entries, and many images.
      • Location(s): Reference E 78 .M7 E53 1998
    • Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples
      New York: Oxford University Press 2000
      Includes information about over 200 Native American groups in Canada and the U.S. Covers location, population, history, and culture.
      • Location(s): Ref E76.2 .P75 2000
  • Gender Based Violence in the U.S.
    • Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law
      Washington, D.C.: CQ Press 2006
      Written for the non-lawyer, this volume covers significant court cases, private organizations and institutions, and significant people involved in sexual policy in the United States.
      • Location(s): Reference KF 9325 .A68 M33 2006
    • Violence Against Women
      Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute 2002
      This set is a collection of the experiences, insights, and ideas of leading professionals who work with women victims of violence, and who prosecute the perpetrators of such violence.
      • Location(s): Ref KF9322.A75 V56 2002
  • Racism in the U.S. (focus: Racial Segregation)
    • Civil Rights in the United States
      New York: Macmillan Reference USA 2000
      Entries include biographical sketches, organizations, legislation, major historical events and terms related to civil rights.
      • Location(s): Ref E184.A1 C47 2000
    • Encylopedia of Race and Racism
      A two-volume set that explores the social, anthropological, economic and scientific issues surrounding the concept of race in the modern era. These volumes are useful for tracking down concepts, theories and theorists as well as biographical information about racists with a high public profile.
      [Resource no longer available]
  • Sexual Minorities in the U.S.
    • Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America
      New York: Scribner's 2004
      Offers in depth articles on over 500 topics related to GLBT history, including events, communities, individuals, professions, legal issues, and topics such as "coming out," "closet," and "gay liberation."
      • Location(s): Ref HQ 76.3 .U5 E53 2004
  • Sex Workers' Rights
    • Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior
      Brunner-Routledge 2001
      Covers history and theory, crime, sexual deviance, and self-destructive behaviors in substantial, scholarly essays.
      • Location(s): Ref HV 6017 .E53 2001
      4 vols.
    • Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law
      Washington, D.C.: CQ Press 2006
      Written for the non-lawyer, this volume covers significant court cases, private organizations and institutions, and significant people involved in sexual policy in the United States.
      • Location(s): Reference KF 9325 .A68 M33 2006
  • Sustainable Energy Alternatives
    • Encyclopedia of Sustainability
      ABC-CLIO/Greenwood 2010
      Each volume in this three volume set covers a different context in which the term "sustainability" is used: environment and ecology, business and economics, and equity and fairness. Entries cover basic concepts and terms, as well as policy initiatives, controversies, and future trends. Volumes also include biographical sketches of important contributors to sustainability efforts from the scientific, economic, public policy, and activist realms, plus bibliographies.
      • Location(s): Ref GE 10 .C65 2010
    • Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy
      Macmillan Reference USA 2001
      Covers major technologies associated with energy production and use as well as historical, political, ethical, and social aspects of the subject. Short, accessible articles.
      • Location(s): Ref TJ 163.28 .M33 2001
      2 vols.
  • Industrial Pollution in the U.S.
    • Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues
      Salem 2011 edition
      Includes articles on events, issues, individuals and organizations.
      • Location(s): Ref GE 10 .E523 2011
      4 vols.
    • Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change
      SAGE 2008
      This 3-volume set contains over 750 articles covering the science and history of climate change, the polarizing controversies over climate-change theories, the role of societies, the industrial and economic factors, and the sociological aspects of climate change.
      • Location(s): Ref QC981.8.G56 E47 2008
  • Violence Against Religious Minorities
    • Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict
      Amsterdam: Elsevier
      This three-volume set seeks to answer basic questions about modern warfare, conflict, violence, and peace, but also covers current topics such as police brutality, aggression in sports, television violence, and animal aggression. The greatest value of this multivolume work is its interdisciplinary coverage. The set is broken down into 15 subject areas covering approximately 200 different issues. Each article is about 9,000 words, including a definition of the subject, illustrations, glossaries, and bibliographies.
      • Location(s): Ref HM 291 .E625 2008
    • Racial and Religious Violence in America: A Chronology
      New York: Garland 1991
      Places violence acts perpetrated on the grounds of racial or religious prejudice in their historical perspective, from the discovery of North America to modern times.
      • Location(s): Reference D 11.5 .R33 1991
Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Finding Articles
If you have an article citation and can't find the full text in a database, use the Journal Locator to see if Gustavus owns a print copy of the article OR if it is available through another database. Be sure to search the Journal Locator with the title of the journal, not the article title.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • ATLA Religion Database & ATLA Serials
    A comprehensive research database in the fields of religion and theology produced by the American Theological Library Association. Includes bibliographic citations and abstracts to journal articles from over 1,500 titles, citations to essays and book chapters, book reviews, and Doctor of Ministry projects. Many journal articles and book reviews are also available in full text.
    1949-present; updated quarterly
  • CIAO
    Columbia International Affairs Online contains references to working papers, conference proceedings, journals, books, policy briefs, economic indicators, and more, from 1991 to the present. The database focuses on theory and research in international affairs.
    1991-present; updated monthly
  • Congressional (LexisNexis)
    Index to congressional publications from 1970 to the present, legislative histories for public laws, testimony at congressional hearings, and biographical and committee information. Also allows searching of the Congressional Record and Federal Register.
    1795-present
  • GreenFILE
    A freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.
  • Public Affairs Index
    Covers global contemporary public policy issues, ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, to international conflict and natural disasters. Draws on scholarly publications, conference papers, government documents and reference works.
    1972-present; updated weekly
Websites
  • Human Rights Watch World Report
    Human Rights Watch
    An annual publication that surveys the world's human rights record. Each volume offers regional and country surveys summarizing the events of the previous year.
    1990-
Other Library Resources
We've got several additional resources through the library that you might find useful for your research. Check out these webpages for more information.
  • Off-Campus Access
    Instructions for accessing article databases from off-campus. No matter where you are, as long as you have access to an Internet connection and you can get to our library website, you can use most of our online databases.


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