IIPS 30934: People, Environment, Justice


Reference tools provide generally agreed upon "facts" or common knowledge -- background information, the who, what, where and when -- and a bit of the how and why -- for any topic. They include subject and biographical dictionaries and encyclopedias, almanacs, chronologies, directories and atlases. Many, especially dictionaries and encyclopedias, are now available online. Many others, especially historical atlases and chronologies are still only available in print.


Links to online referernce collections that may contain helpful sources depending on your topic.


Selected examples of print reference sources.  All titles are located in the General Reference Collection (1st floor, Hesburgh Library).  Browsing the reference collection using the examples listed below as starting points can be very effective.  There will also be helpful resources in the Engineering and Chemistry/Physics branch libraries.

  • A Dictionary of environment and conservation.  GE 10 .P375 2007
  • Encyclopedia of violence, peace, & conflict.  HM 291 .E625 2008
  • Encyclopedia of environment and society.  HM 856 .E53 2007
  • The Statesman's Yearbook.  JA51 .ST29
  • Political Risk Yearbook(e.g. Vol. 8 Central & South Asia) JQ 98 .A1 P64
  • World at risk.  JZ 1242 .W67 2002
  • World Encyclopedia of Peace.  JZ 5533 .W67 1999




Examples of specialized atlases available in the Hesburgh Library Reference Collection.  The Libraries also have a collection of large, detailed maps published by various U.S. government agencies.

  • Atlas of global development.  G 1046 .G1 I5
  • The atlas of U.S. and Canadian environmental history.  GF 503 .A84 2003
  • The Penguin atlas of diasporas.  GN 370 .C43 1995
  • The new atlas of planet management.  HC 79 .E5 N445 2005
  • Global geopolitical flashpoints: an atlas of conflict.  JC 319 .A52 2000


Statistics are often divided into to categories, data sets that have not yet been analysed and statistical tables, charts and graphs based on data sets.  Sometimes statistical tables will link to the original data sets but more often simply cite them.

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