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Paideia 111 Sections 8, 18, 29 - Hurley (Fall 2019)

This Guide will introduce you to Preus Library resources and services that you can use in Paideia and beyond.

Getting Started With Reference

In This Section:

  • An introduction to reference sources, print and online

Reference sources are a good starting point.

These materials can

  • Provide background information
  • Get you familiar with terms and keywords and related topics for a particular subject
  • Help you choose, broaden, or narrow a research topic

Preus Library has print and online reference sources. The print reference books are located near the Research and Technology Help Desks on the main floor of the library, between the computer lab and the Writing Help Center. Take a look at this page for a few print reference sources on vegetarianism and animals.

Search the print collection:

  • Select the "Reference" tab of the search box area on the Library website and enter your search terms
  • Visit the Library and browse the shelves

Search the online collection: 


Some reference sources covering food, animals, activism, and religion:

Cover of the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture

Print Book: Encyclopedia of Food and Culture

Entries cover the history of regional cuisines, major festivals and feasts, and general subjects that examine the cultural, sociological, and psychological perspectives of food. Call number: Ref GT2850 .E53 2003.

Cover of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America

Print Book: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America

Nearly 200 authors bring together in 770 entries the scholarship on wide-ranging topics covering the history and culture of food and drink. Call number: Ref TX349 .O93 2013.

Cover of American Countercultures

Print Book: American Countercultures

This 3 volume set highlights the writings, recordings, and visual works produced by countercultural movements to educate and incite action in all eras of U.S. history. Call number: Ref HM647 .A44 2009.

Cover of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues

Print Book: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues

Explores the topic of food across multiple disciplines within the social sciences and related areas including business, consumerism, marketing, and environmentalism, focusing on social and policy aspects of food production, safety, regulation, labeling, marketing, distribution, and consumption. Call number: Ref TX349 .S237 2015

E-book: Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy

Examines the philosophical and ethical issues underlying contemporary and historical environmental issues, policies, and debates. Covers concepts, institutions, topics, events and people, including animal rights.

cover of the Encyclopedia of American Social Movements

E-book: Encyclopedia of American Social Movements

This four-volume set examines every social movement in American history - from the great struggles for abolition, civil rights, and women's equality to the more specific quests for prohibition, consumer safety, unemployment insurance, and global justice.

cover of Global Social Issues: An Encyclopedia

Print Book: Global Social Issues: An Encyclopedia

A three volume reference guide that examines current, critical social issues in historical and global contexts, with topics on the environment, health, science, the media, ethnic conflicts, poverty, immigration, and more. Call number: Ref H41 .G56 2013. (Also available as an e-book.)

Cover of Food and Nutrition

Print Book: Food and Nutrition

Provides a sweeping overview of the many interrelationships between humans, land, and food. In 147 stand-alone questions spanning 20 chapters, Newby examines topics including key nutrition concepts behind good eating; the technology, biology, and psychology of food choices; and how diet affects our health and environment. Call number: Ref RA784 .N482 2018.

Cover of the Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice

Print Book: Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice

Presents the topics, concepts, and ideas which motivate and shape the fields of activism, civil engagement, and social justice, as well as short biographies of the major thinkers and leaders who have influenced and continue to influence the study of activism. Call number: Ref HM671 .E53 2007.

Cover of the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Welfare

Print Book: Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare

Presents alphabetically arranged entries on animal rights, covering such topics as endangered species, animal rescue, law and legislation, diseases, breeding practices, and animal cognition. Call number: Ref HV4708 .E53 2010.

Cover of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics

E-book: Encyclopedia of Bioethics

These volumes present informative articles on the moral and ethical dimensions of modern medicine, science, and technology.

Cover of Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

Print Book: Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

Provides information on current religious practices around the world, with an emphasis on how religions impact the daily lives of their followers. Call number: Ref BL80.3 .W67 2006. (Also available as an e-book.)

General Reference Sources

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