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ENTS 215: Environmental Ethics

Professor Kim Smith - Fall 2021

Reference Works and Introductory Collections

The reference collection provides materials to assist you in finding background information, facts, and statistics. Don't forget that the bibliographies in reference works can direct you to important works in an academic field.

Books

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Keyword searching:

Try searching on specific issues or locations.   Once you've found a book on your topic, also take a look at the "Similar Items" box on the right side of the Catalyst record.  That will point you to other books you may want to look at.

Subject searching:

If you know a specific subject heading, you can search on that.  Some subjects you might look at include:
  • Environmental ethics
  • Environmental sciences - philosophy

If you're not sure of which subject to use, try a keyword search on some of the concepts you're interested in, and then look at the subject headings of the most relevant books.

Browsing the shelves:

Because environmental studies is an interdisciplinary field, printed sources that may be useful are likely to be found in more than one part of the Library of Congress classification system.  There is no one section specific to environmental ethics.  Those books tend to be shelved with general environmental sciences, or human ecology books. Try browsing the books in the following areas:

  • GB - Physical geography including landforms and hydrology.
  • GE - Environmental sciences.
  • GF - Human ecology - humans' relationship to specific environments.
  • HD - Economic history and conditions of specific countries.
  • HT - City planning, regional planning, rural development.
  • QH - Natural history and ecology.
  • S 900s - Conservation of natural resources.
  • TD - Environmental technology.