- Using Catalogs
You can search for books both here and at other libraries using these catalogs. If you want to request a book from another library, it usually takes a few days at least for it to arrive. You'll get an e-mail when it's here.
- 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.
A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. To search a large number of libraries at once, choose "Libraries - Academic" from the "Current Profile" list. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests.
- Browsing for Books
- E-F--American History (3rd floor)
- GE--Enviornmental Studies (3rd floor)
- N - Art (3rd floor)
- PS--American Literature (main floor)
- QH-QL--Natural History (main floor)
- S--Agriculture (main floor)
- TD--Environmental Technology (main floor)
- OVERSIZE COLLECTION - all subjects; good for images (3rd floor, southwest corner)
The reference section of the library can help you nail down basic facts and gather background information quickly.
- On Writers and Their Works
- American Nature Writers
Offers lengthy biocritical sketches on writers from Edward Abbey to Ann Zwinger. The second volume also contains essays on topics such as African American nature writing, nature poetry, and the literature of mountaineering. Lengthy selective bibliographies are included.
Location(s): Ref PS 163 .A6 1996
- American Writers
This series gives lengthy analyses of the life and work of major American writers, arranged chronologically and with an alphabetical index. There are similar series for British writers (Ref PR 85 .B688), Latin American writers (Ref PQ 7081 .A1 L37 1989), Ancient writers: Greece and Rome (Ref PA 3002 .A5 1982) and European writers (Ref PN 43 .B65 1981) put out by the same publisher.
Location(s): Ref PS 129 .A55 (4 vols. + supp.)
- Contemporary Literary Criticism
This "ongoing digest of current literary opinion" concerning contemporary works of literature gives substantial excerpts from reviews and critical articles as well as citations to the original sources and brief biographical sketches. Because a given writer may be covered in several different volumes, consult the most recent cumulative index, which includes cross-references to other Gale biographical series. This is a handy place to become familiar with a modern writer's critical reception, particularly for writers who are prominent enough to have their works reviewed at length, but who haven't become the subject of scholarly literary criticism.
Location(s): Ref PN 771 .C59
- Dictionary of Literary Biography
This set provides lengthy articles of biographical information and some critical appraisal of literary works. The volumes are arranged thematically, with a cumulative index in the last volume. Though emphasis is on American and British literary authors, there is some coverage of journalists, historians, and critics, as well as writers from other countries.
Location(s): Ref PS 221 .A5
- Dictionary of American History
An encyclopedia of political, cultural, social, economic, and military history in the United States. The ninth volume contains historical maps and primary documents.
Location(s): Ref E 174 .D52 2003 (9 vols.)
- Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History
Provides in-depth articles on American thought and culture. Topics covered include historical approaches, cultural groups, major cultural regions, and political thought.
Location(s): Ref E 169 .E624 2001 (3 vols.)
- Encyclopedia of American Studies
Published under the auspices of the American Studies Association, this est covers concepts key to the interdisciplinary field, issues related to class, race and ethnicity, cultural institutions, popular culture, social history and more.
Location(s): Ref E 169.1 .E625 2001 (4 vols.)
- Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century
Covers major ideas and issues in American social, political, and military history with articles as specific as "The Chinese Exclusion Act" and as broad as "Domestic Life."
Location(s): Ref E 169.1 .E626 2001 (3 vols.)
- Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century
An ambitious survey of American cultural, social and intellectual history in broad articles arranged topically. Each essay/article is followed by a thorough and very useful bibliography for further research.
Location(s): Ref E740.7 .E53 1996 (4 vols.)
- Conservation and Environmentalism: An Encyclopedia
This book contains 500 brief entries, with bibliographies, covering issues of ecology, pollution and sustainability.
Location(s): Ref GE 10 .C68 1995
- Encyclopedia of World Environmental History
Covers topics, events, people, natural resources, and aspects of human interaction with the environment worldwide. Provides historical surveys of environmental issues such as deforestation and extinction. Also offers regional and national overviews as well as essays on subfields such as environmental philosophy.
Location(s): Ref GF 10 .E63 2004
- Environmental Literature
Provides short articles on authors, important works, and themes, such as Deep Ecology Movement, Biodiversity, and Wildlife Conservation.
Location(s): Ref GE 35 .E58 1999
- MLA International Bibliography
The major research resource for information on English literature, foreign languages and linguistics. Includes references to scholarly articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations; coverage dates back to the 1920's.
- 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.
- America: History and Life
Indexes literature related to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistorical times to the present. This extensive database covers over 2,000 journals published worldwide including all key English-language historical journals, selected historical journals from major countries, and state and local history journals, as well as books, dissertations and book reviews.
- American Memory
A database containing full text documents, spoken word and sound recordings, still and moving images, maps, and sheet music as a digital record of American history and creativity. From the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions.
- NYPL Digital Library
NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 550,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.
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