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CHE 102: Chemistry in Context

Spring 2011
These resources will give you ideas about where to find good resources for your research in this class. If you have questions, ask at the reference desk, chat with a librarian, or e-mail Barbara Fister (fister at gac dot edu).

Librarian: Barbara Fister

Table of Contents:

Starting Points for Background Information
Though these won't provide sources you will cite in your paper, they may give you background and leads to important issues and key people involved in your topic. If you find a reference in one of these books to another book or article, use the library's website to see if it's available here.

  • Chemistry: Foundations and Applications
    Provides over 500 articles on basic information on elements, topics in biochemistry, applications of chemistry, biographies of important chemists, and chemistry-related topics in other areas such as medicine, environmental chemistry, and energy.
    • Location(s): Ref QD 4 .C48 2004
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy
    This two-volume set offers substantial essays from a philosophical perspective on broad topics such as agriculture, environmental activism, and food as well as more focused coverage of specific topics such as animal cloning and transgenic animals. Includes a glossary and a number of key documents.
    • Location(s): Ref GE 42 .E533 2009
  • Encyclopedia of Food Science and Technology
    Covers fundamental concepts and practical requirements in food science, as well as cutting-edge technological and industry information. The encyclopedia features A-to-Z coverage of all aspects of food science, including: the properties, analysis, and processing of foods; genetic engineering of new food products; nutrition monitoring; chemical & microbiological food safety; functional foods & neutraceuticals in food formulation; food substitutes, and more. It is a few years old, so will not include the latest developments.
    • Location(s): Ref TP 368.2 .E62 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Global Change: Environmental Change and Human Society
    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
  • Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food
    More than 250 essay entries explore products, corporations and entrepreneurs, social history, popular culture, organizations, issues, politics, commercialism and consumerism, and more. Entries include: mad cow disease and factory farming, vegetarianism, the food pyramid, movie tie-ins, obesity, and marketing to children.
    • Location(s): Ref TX 370 .S63 2006
  • Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food
    This encyclopedia illuminates social concerns, economic trends, policy influences, and ecological terms to provide a comprehensive overview. It covers key trends, activities, and themes in organic, sustainable, and local food through topics such as consumers, organizations, farming, policies, and more.
    • Location(s): Ref HD 9005 .E645 2010
  • 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
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
    Covers topics in the sciences in detail, giving technical discussions fully illustrated with charts, diagrams, and photographs.
    • Location(s): Ref Q 121 .M3 2007, 20 vols.
Finding Articles
Remember to seek information from scientific journals when possible; use newspaper and magazine articles sparingly, though they may help you identify experts or understand perspectives on a topic.
  • Chemical and Engineering News

    A weekly publication of the American Chemical Society that covers new developments and issues in chemistry around the world.
  • ACS Publications (Chemistry Journals)

    When you search this database, use the tabs at the top of the search results to select research, news, or general information. This resource includes articles from the American Chemical Society and covers both primary research journals and secondary - popularized, newsy - magazines.
  • Academic Search Premier,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    An all-purpose database with articles from both scholarly and popular publication in all subject areas. Good for political and social aspects of your topics.
  • Business Source Premier,uid&profile=bsi

    This may be particularly helpful in finding information from the "smokestack" perspective - that is, economic and industry information backing a practice that some may find unsustainable or environmentally hazardous.
  • ProQuest Newsstand

    Sometimes newspapers cover events or offer opinions that can be useful, especially for very current or localized issues. You might also discover in a newspaper article which scientists have done significant research on an issue - they may be quoted as experts; you can use their names to do an author search in a database of science articles. This database has the contents of 350 newspapers including major ones such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.
Finding books
As you seek books on a topic, pay attention to publication dates and avoid any that are too popular (e.g. don't include references to sources) or entirely one-sided without good evidence to back up claims.
  • MnPALS Plus

    Our library's catalog. Try setting your results to "date" rather than relevance and click on "general collection" to find books rather than videos or government documents.

  • GAO Reports by Topic

    The Government Accountability Office provides even-handed, non-partisan reports to Congress on a wide variety of topics. Use this index to see what reports they've published on an area of interest.
  • Google Scholar

    This search engine points toward scholarly research rather than all Web-based sources. It is stronger in the sciences than in the humanities, with social sciences somewhere in between. One interesting feature of Google Scholar is that in includes a link to sources that cite a particular item. If you are using Google Scholar on campus, you will find articles available through the library's subscription databases linked. To view these links when searching off campus, use our Google Scholar Off Campus Link. Not all of the articles in Google Scholar are free; the library can obtain many of them for you through interlibrary loan.
  • World Resources Institute

    Offers many digital publications on environmental issues from a global perspective. Includes EarthTrends, a comprehensive online database that focuses on the environmental, social, and economic trends. Includes country profiles.
Additional Resources
  • Interlibrary Loan

    Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
    • Location(s): Library - Main Floor
  • Citing Your Sources

    Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.
  • Chat with a Reference Librarian

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