How to Do Library Research

This set of pages has information on how to do library research. In all cases, once you have located sources, be sure to evaluate them, using the evaluation guides.

Policy Topic Encyclopedias

A good place to begin researching a policy topic is in a subject encyclopedia or other relevant reference book that specializes in social or political issues. A major benefit of consulting these sources first is that many of the articles in them will have a bibliography. The article and the bibliography combined make a great jumping off point for your research.   The encyclopedias below are available in Morgan Library Reference. An online database with multiple encyclopedias (accessible to CSU affiliates) is listed at the foot of this page. See General Encyclopedias for broader definitions of terms and concepts.

Overview of Issues

Encyclopedia volume


Family & Society

Times of Life/Death


  • Encyclopedia of Child Abuse HV 6626.5 .C57 2001 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior 4 vols. HV 6017 .E53 2001 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice 4 vols. HV 6017 .E52 2002 REF & ebook (CSU affiliates only)
  • Encyclopedia of Crime & Punishment 4 vols. HV 6017 .E524 2002 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Criminology 3 vols. HV 6017 .E5295 2005 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence 2 vols. HM1121 .E57 2008 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Women and Crime HV 6046 .E56 2000 REF


  • Conservation and Environmentalism: An Encyclopedia GE 10 .C68 1995 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Biodiversity 5 vols. QH 541.15 .B56 E53 2001 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences. 5 vols. GB655 .E527 2005 REF & ebook (CSU affiliates only)
  • Encyclopedia of Ecology & Environmental Management. 2009
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Analysis and Remediation 8 vols. GE 10 .E49 1998 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Biology 3 vols. QH 540.4 .E52 1995 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues 3 vols. GE 10 .E52 2000 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Global Change. 2005-
  • Encyclopedia of Global Change: Environmental Change and Human Society 2 vols. GE 149 .E47 2002 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change. 3 vols. QC981.8 .G56 E47 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Toxicology 4 vols. RA 1193 .E53 2005 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures 4 vols. HT 108.5 .E53 2002 REF
  • Environmental Encyclopedia. 2003.
  • Water: Science and Issues. 2003


American Law/Politics

  • Encyclopedia of the American Legislative System 3 vols. JF 501 .E53 1994 REF
  • Encyclopedia of American Political History. E183 .E48 2001 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Democracy 4 vols. JC 423 .E53 1995 REF
  • Encyclopedia of the American Left 2nd ed. HX 86 .E58 1998 REF
  • Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy. E183.7 .H28 2004 REF

Cultures in America

Human Rights

  • Encyclopedia of Human Rights. 2009
  • Human Rights Encyclopedia 3 vols. JC 571 .L522 2001 REF
  • International Encyclopedia of Human Rights, Freedoms, Abuses, and Remedies JC 571 .M3243 2000 REF

War & Arms

  • Encyclopedia of Arms Control and Disarmament 3 vols. JX 1974 .E57 1993 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Prisoners of War and Internment UB 800 .E53 2006 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, & Conflict 3 vols. HM 291 .E625 1999 REF
  • Encyclopedia of Youth and War: Young People as Participants and Victims HQ 784 .W3 S54 2000 REF
  • The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace. 2010

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