Blog Assignment #2: Reference books and LC Subject Headings

What are the three most appropriate reference books (print or electronic, not including electronic bibliographic databases such as Academic Search Premier) for your topic? For each reference book, list also the Library of Congress subject headings that appear as links to the right of the title in the individual record.

In this example, the LC subject headings are “Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900–Encyclopedias”; “Authors, Irish–19th century–Biography–Encyclopedias”; and “Gay men–Great Britain–Biography–Encyclopedias.” Remember that LC Subject Headings are the most specific level of the LC Classifications.

In your commentary, please tell exactly how you found these reference books, explain why you think they are appropriate for your topic, and tell us anything that’s on your mind about these reference books, these LC subject headings, or your research process so far. Try using the LC subject headings to find other works on your topic and to generate new keywords for searching.

Please submit your assignment as a comment to this post before 3pm on Monday.

    • Dylan selinger
    • February 3rd, 2007

    The three books that I found to be most appropriate for my research are:
    -Pastimes: The context of contemporary leisure. Ruth V. Russell GV14 .R88 2005
    -Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming (second edition). Priest, S. & Gass, M.A GV181.43 .P75 2005
    -Safety, risk and adventure in outdoor activities / Bob Barton. LB1047 .B37 2007
    Two of these books are required texts for my other classes, and they have good information about the psychology of recreation, risk, adventure, and leisure activities. I think that some of these books will be more useful than others depending on what I decide to answer. The third book i found using a catalog keyword search on NCSU Libraries page. I haven’t delved too far into my research yet, because I have not decided on an exact question.

    • Amy Stepp
    • February 3rd, 2007

    Springer handbook of nanotechnology / Bharat Bhushan (ed.).
    LC classification: Nanotechnology–Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    I found this book through an advanced search for microfluidics, searching only for reference materials. This handbook will be useful, because it will be a good starting point for research on my topic. Even though I worked in a lab that focused on microfluidics, there is still a whole lot of basic knowledge that I lack in this area. The handbook will allow me to learn more about my topic, and perhaps may refine my research question even more.
    Nanotechnology / compiled by John F. Buydos
    LC classification: Nanotechnology–Bibliography; High Technology–Research–Bibliography
    I found this bibliography by using the LC classification subject, nanotechnology, to search for similar resources. This is a great resource, because it is basically a list of all noted research in the field. Hopefully, through this bibliography, a lot of the research that will be helpful in my particular research process will be at my fingertips.
    Fundamentals and applications of microfluidics / Nam-Trung Nguyen, Steven T. Wereley
    LC classification: Fluidic devices; Microfluidics; Microelectromechanical systems
    I found this resource by keyword searching for microfluidics, then I narrowed down the search for books. I clicked on a book that was about my topic, but wasn’t quite what I wanted. One of the LC classifications was “microfluidics,” so I clicked on that. That limiting factor led me to this book. It will be really helpful to read about the skeleton topics of the field. It will help more with general learning, and will give me a better general direction to go from once I start delving into research.

    • Tria Metzler
    • February 4th, 2007

    I have decided to change my research topic to pet cloning: I will explore whether or not pet cloning is an ethical and beneficial practice. I have found a few useful reference works thus far. First, The Ethics of Nature by Celia Deane-Drummond (Human ecology ? religious aspects ? Christianity) I found through Google Book, and secondly The Cloning Sourcebook by Arlene Klotzko (human cloning) I also found through Google Book. The Animal Ethics Reader by Susan J. Armstrong and Richard G. Botzler (Animal Welfare ? Moral and ethical aspects) I found through World Cat. While there is plenty of research on the topic, most is opinionated, making it is difficult to find un-biased facts or information. However, I suspect this is the case only because my research has just begun and the most prominent results (and thus the first retrieved) on the topic are the opinionated as this is a very controversial topic.
    I have found two helpful articles: ?Creating Fido’s Twin? by Autumn Fiester, and ?Genetic Savings and Clone: No Pet Project? by Wade Roush. I found these articles through WebCat, which has been the main source of my information thus far. The first piece, a three page magazine article, presents well-founded and thorough arguments for pet cloning and has an excellent bibliography that should also come in handy. The second piece makes no outright statement about the practice of pet cloning, but instead brings up faults with the system in sly and ridiculing ways. While the information is undoubtedly biased, there are also excellent facts mixed in. As for literature, Animal Rights by William Dudley is slightly out-dated but very helpful nonetheless as it provides a thorough description of the process and foundation of the pet cloning process. This, too, was found through WebCat, although no full text is available on-line.
    On the other hand, I have run into several articles that have not been very helpful. One such article is ?Can I Clone My Pet,? issued in People Magazine in 2005. This brief article is aimed at general pet owners, answering only the most basic questions such as ‘will my cloned dog lead a normal life?’ While this would be a helpful article to someone not familiar with the subject, it presents no new information. I have also run into the problem that most articles concerning pet cloning are around five years old, as they were released after the successful cloning of CC in February of 2002. Again, this trend may exist because I have only skimmed the ?research? surface thus far, and articles concerning CC are more prominent than those describing the actual research or any advances made. Reference books and searching the bibliographies of these articles should provide more scientific articles, or at least less opinionated pieces, so this will be the next step in my research process.

    • Genevieve Pike
    • February 4th, 2007

    Handbook for Pulp & Paper Technologists 3rd Edition by Smook, G. A.
    LC Headings: Wood-pulp, Papermaking
    This reference book is the text for the paper class I am currently in. So far, it has been an excellent resource, providing an overview of the entire papermaking process from tree to shipping of paper.
    Pulping and Paper Production published by the Technical Association for the Pulp and Paper Industry, it is published biennially and contains technical information papers.
    LC Headings: Papermaking, Paper Mills, Pulp Mills
    I found this reference book by doing an advance search in the NCSU library catalog for ?pulping? and checked the reference materials only box. This reference book ought to provide information on the most recent research in the field of paper science.
    Abstract Bulletin of Paper Science and Technology. It is published monthly and can also provide a brief description of new research in the field.
    LC Headings: Paper?Abstracts?Periodicals, Papermaking?Abstracts?Periodicals
    I found this reference by doing an advance search in the NCSU library catalog for ?papermaking? and checked the reference materials only box.
    I tried doing an advance search in the NCSU library catalog for ?oxygen delignification?, “kraft pulping”, “sulfite pulping” and checked the reference materials only box, but this provided zero results. I think I was too specific in my searches, which made this question more difficult. However, once I began broadening my search words I found the results above. I think all of these references will prove to be useful. The first will be able to define and give an introduction to everything, then the last two will give me access to the most recent research in the field. The hardest thing is trying to narrow down my research question especially since I am new to the field. I decided not to use the WorldCat or any other database for that matter because most of the results will be the same as NCSU, since NCSU is one of the best schools for paper science.

  1. TOPIC/RESEARCH QUESTION: What is required to design, construct, and maintain a quasi-independent human settlement in space?
    I had the most luck using the advanced search feature of the library catalogue, and typing in the phrase ?human settlement in space?. I did this with just the reference materials box checked, and with all of them checked.
    As our esteemed instructor predicted, I ended up in the West Wing upon pursuing the reference works call numbers. In that area, I found roughly 9 reference books dealing with space. Most of these were focused on the wrong things, such as the people who have been in space. However, one, the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space (TL788 .V48), was a near-perfect match for my topic. It covered basic orbital mechanics, satellite distribution, and basically everything else you would ever want to know about space. Too bad you can?t check out reference books! The LC subject headings for this book are:
    – Astronautics?Encyclopedias
    – Rocketry?Encyclopedias
    – Outer Space?Exploration?Encyclopedias
    After looking through the rest of the books there I realized that my topic is more speculative than historical or factual, which are two areas that reference books cover very well. Because of this, I am not really surprised to find only one reference book physically in the West Wing that was applicable.
    However, my search through the entire database returned a number of books on the 9th floor, so off I went. The first one I picked up was a gold mine: Return to the Moon (TL799 .M6 R48) by Harrison Schmitt (who visited the moon himself). I immediately cut my search short, checked out the book, and returned to my room to read it. LC subject headings (edited for applicability ? there were a lot of them):
    – lunar bases
    – lunar mining
    – space flight to the moon
    – moon
    – lunar resources
    – space commercialization
    – space colonies
    This book is interesting because it combines my two potential research questions into one. My other question was concerned with the development of practical fusion plants for power generation. Schmitt lays out an economic plan for financing the return to the moon by mining its Helium-3 isotopes and returning them to earth to power fusion plants. 100 kg of HE3 is enough to provide power to a city of 1 million for one year! He claims that HE3-Deuterium fusion is thoroughly practical, unlike the Tritium-Deuterium fusion that is currently being pursued. However, one thing he does not talk about here is the required power put into the plant to contain the reaction (this is a current sticking point for T-D fusion ? more power in than power out). This makes me cautious ? he may be avoiding it because it is an unfavorable ratio.
    Because of this book, I am going to be doing some digging into HE3-D fusion.
    Following up on the LC heading of ?space colonies?, we shortly run into a central problem of my topic. The organizations with the most experience in space are NASA and other governmental organizations. Unfortunately, it seems that governments have a fondness for storing their literature in microform/microfiche form, and hiding it away in satellite shelving. This makes retrieving that information, even just for the relatively simple task of evaluating its applicability, a rather complicated and drawn-out affair.
    Furthermore, if we search those LC subject headings with reference works only, we are returned 4 results, 2 of which I have already evaluated, another whose information is in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space, and the last is nearly 20 years old. All in all, I do not think reference works are where I will be doing most of my research.

    • Myra Fulp
    • February 4th, 2007

    My research question is how the health care system in the United States will deal with the impending overload of patients created by the ageing baby boomer generation.
    To find these books I did an open search of the catalogue and searched through the headings of R-Medicine and H-Social Sciences. I then explored each relevant heading by choosing “show more” under Subject:Genre to look for relevant reference books.
    I found “The Managed Healthcare Handbook, 4th ed.” edited by Peter R. Kongstvedt. It was published in Gaithersburg, Md. by Aspen Publishers in 2001. The subject headings associated with this book are B-Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion, H-Social Sciences, K- Law in general.Comparative and Uniform law. Jurisprudence. All four editions of this book are available through the library, but the fourth edition, published in 2001 should have the most up to date information. To understand how the health care system in the United States works this is the perfect handbook/reference material to understand the health care aspect of my research question. This book will also be helpful because it includes bibliographical references to reliable sources in this field.
    I also found “The Encyclopedia of Aging: A Comprehensive Resource in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 3rd ed.” This encyclopedia was edited by George L. Maddox and published by Springer Publishers in New York in 2001. The subject headings associated with this title are H-Social Sciences and R-Medicine. Since this is a third edition this encyclopedia has been established and re-edited. Being familiar with the different aspects of ageing will be helpful in determining the medical and physical care required by this age group.
    “CensusCD 2000 [electronic resource]: long form SF3” on cd-rom published by Geolytics in E. Brunswick, NJ in 2002 is an electronic version of the 2000 Census in the United States. The subject Headings associated with this resource are H-Social Sciences, HA1-HA4737 Statistics, HB1-HB3840 Economic Theory. Demography, HD28-HD9999 Industries. Land use. Labor. This will provide information about how large this group is, income, family size, and other info.

    • Diana Tysinger
    • February 4th, 2007

    When I was searching for reference books, I started at the library?s website and used the advanced search feature. I used the check boxes and deselected the governmental documents and the all others, leaving only reference materials. After trying several failed search strings, such as ?Buckminster fullerene,? ?fullerene,? and even ?Bucky Ball? I had no sources. Then I started searching with nanoscience terms; ?nanoscience,? ?carbon nanotube,? and other similar term and got good results.
    All of the resources that I found were very recent in date. That is good because nanoscience is a rapidly changing field and recent information is usually more pertinent than older information. The Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology (T174.7) has a lot about carbon nanotubes, which is related to my subject and has several uses, but is not as indepth as it could be. The Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience (T174.7) has several entries about fullerenes in particular, which is helpful because I am doing my research on their uses. The Handbook of Nanoscience (TK7874.8) has an entire chapter on nanotubes and their uses. I may need to switch my focus from the Buckminster fullerene to the tubular shape because there seems to be a larger variety of sources on that topic. All of the books have T1 LC classification which is technology (general).
    While searching for other sources I did not have much luck. Applied Science & Technology Index was incredibly frustrating to use. I searched ?fullerene? and ?uses? together. I seemed to only get either unavailable resources or ones that sent me to so many places that I could not find the article the database had listed.
    ? Bhushan, Bharat. Springer handbook of nanotechnology 2003
    LC: Nanotechnology–Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    ? Goddard, William A. Handbook of nanoscience, engineering, and
    technology 2003
    LC: Molecular electronics, nanotechnology
    ? Schwarz, James A., Contescu, Cristian I. and Putyera, Karol.
    Dekker Encyclopedia of nanoscience and nanotechnology 2004
    LC: Nanotechnology–Encyclopedias.

    • Patrick Proctor
    • February 5th, 2007

    Research Question: Do diagnostic CT scans increase one’s risk for cancer? If so, to what extent? Is there a minimum safe dosage level?
    I found these reference books by searching the NCSU catalog. I searched for all works with the keywords “encyclopedia” and “handbook” and “directory” and “bibliography”, then narrowed my search using the categories at the top of the page until I found relevant works.
    My first reference is Encyclopedia of cancer / editor-in-chief, Joseph R. Bertino. This reference was published in 2002, and includes links to all sorts of references about cancer. I should be able to find several books about the relationship between radiation exposure and cancer development in this book. The LC subject headings that accompany this book are: Cancer–Encyclopedias.
    My second reference is Computed tomographic scanning of the brain : January 1978 through September 1981 : 660 citations in English / prepared by Charlotte Kenton. This is a bibliography that should allow me to find several works that discuss how CT scans affect tissues, specifically that of the human brain. The LC subject headings that accompany this book are: Brain–Radiography–Bibliography and Tomography–Bibliography.
    My third reference is Selected bibliographic references on computerized axial tomography / developed by Aspen Systems Corporation. This is a bibliography that should allow me to find a great deal of information about the CT process itself, including information about typical radiation doses for different body tissues. The LC subject headings that accompany this book are: Tomography–Bibliography.

    • Meagan Stewart
    • February 5th, 2007

    Research question so far: ?What are the causes of neurodegeneration, and how does this cause Alzheimer?s disease? Can Alzheimer?s disease (or neurodegeneration) be detected earlier and prevented??
    I began my search for reference books in WorldCat, where I searched for encyclopedias and reference materials on neurodegeneration and neuroscience, but I didn?t find any results that satisfied my query. Most everything I found was not available online (everything I wanted had to be ordered from Tripsaver). I then went to NCSU?s library catalog and searched in the advanced search: I typed in ?neuroscience? in words anywhere and ?encyclopedia? in subject. I found two results; one was on target with my research question, and it was the Encyclopedia of the neurological sciences.
    Aminoff, M.J. and R.B. Daroff (2003). In Encyclopedia of the neurological sciences (Vol 1-4). Boston: Academic Press.
    The LC classifications for this book was ?Nervous System Diseases?Encyclopedias?English? and ?Neurosciences?Encyclopedias.? This will be a very valuable resource because it contains a broad overview of everything I need to know about the nervous system of the mind. It will also be helpful if I am reading another complicated article, because I can use this as a reference.
    Next I clicked on the LC heading ?Nervous System Diseases? and then on neurology to try to narrow my search, but everything I found did not seem to relate to my topic of finding out what causes Alzheimer?s disease. I then searched for Alzheimer?s and encyclopedia in the same format as above, but this search did not yield useful results either. So, I tried a query for memory and encyclopedia in the same format as above, and this search came up with a lot of results. I thought the Encyclopedia of memory and memory disorders:
    Carol, T. and J. Harris (2001). In The encyclopedia of memory and memory disorders (Vol. 1) New York: Facts on File.
    The LC classifications were ?Memory?Encyclopedias? and ?Memory disorders?Encyclopedias.? This source seemed the most relevant because it is more specific to my actual topic of Alzheimer?s disease. This could possible lead to me expanding on my topic, or picking a different memory disease of interest. I did not find any relevant sources by clicking on the LC links, so I decided to perform a completely new search by searching for ?Alzheimer?s*? in words anywhere and ?encyclopedia? in the subject heading. This search yielded a very relevant result: the Gale encyclopedia of genetic disorders.
    Blachford, S.T. (2001). In The Gale encyclopedia of genetic disorders (Vol 1-2) Detroit: Gale Group.
    This search was very useful because it brought up of a whole new list of LC subject headings I had not thought of: ?Genetic disorders?Encyclopedias, Juvenile?; ?Genetic disorders?Encyclopedias?; and ?Diseases?Encyclopedias.? I continued on this search string, and though I did not find anymore reference works, I did find some potentially useful books for my next search. As I continue in my research process, I think this path will lead me to some more specific sources I may need.
    The reference books I have mentioned and cited seem to be the most relevant because they provide a broad overview of my topic, but are specific enough to provide enough information that they will be extremely useful. They are all timely because they have been published very recently. Also, they are all located at D.H. Library which is very convenient in terms of accessing them. I believe these sources are authoritative because they have been published by esteemed publishers.
    This research process was not to terribly difficult. There were two important points that I realized in my search process. First of all, reference books are the most easily accessible and searchable through NCSU?s library catalog. I also learned that reference books are best if you are searching for overall topics, because specific searches will yield little or no results; so with reference books. I believe these are the best sources because they seem scholarly and the most on target with my topic. In addition to searching through NCSU?s library catalog, I could have linked to the other surrounding colleges to see if they have a more comprehensive listing relative to my topic.

    • Joseph Barton
    • February 5th, 2007

    I started by going to WorldCat because I knew that there would be lots of relevant hits from past experience. I found, however, that it was very difficult to find textile reference books that were not directly related to industry or production. There were frequently hits over 1,000, so there may have been some materials further back. I went to NCSU catalog and found a much easier search experience. The Textiles Library probably contributed to the ease of searching. I searched for ?textiles? in the advanced search tab with only the ?reference materials? button checked and subsequently found
    Institut textile de France. Man-made Fibers for Technical End Uses. Paris: Editions de L’Industrie Textile, 1995.
    The LC subject headings are Textile fibers, Synthetic–Analysis. And when I followed this link to other reference materials, the books were really old (1985 and back) so I didn?t think they were worth searching further. I also found
    20 British Standards Institution. Method for Determination of Thermal Resistance of Textiles. Bs. Vol. 4745 : 1971. London: British Standards Institution, 1971.
    Which is an older book, but I think it might be interesting to look at what some standards are for industrial uses of textile fibers. The LC subject headings are Textile fabrics–Thermal properties., Textile fabrics–Testing., and Insulation (Heat). I followed the testing link and found
    Angaji, Mahmood Torabi. Dynamic Mechanical Properties of Synthetic Fibers1987.
    Which is also kind of old but may induce further questions of what properties I should be looking for according to the fibers? use. The LC subject headings are Textile fibers, Synthetic–Mechanical properties. and this link sent me to many books of interest that were very specific properties of certain polymer and fiber structures, which should help when I know what type of fibers I want to know more about.
    Next I searched for ?nanotechnology? because just from skimming through research ideas, the new uses for synthetic fibers are going towards nanotechnology. I found
    Nalwa, Hari Singh. Handbook of Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology. San Diego: Academic Press, 2000.
    Which should get me started on understanding what type of textile materials work in certain nanomaterials. The LC subject headings are Nanostructure materials., Nanotechnology., and Nanostructure materials.. By following these links I found books on specific uses of nanotechnology in certain materials and textiles!
    This week?s blog was difficult because it is still up in the air of what I might research. Finding reference materials required that I start getting a little specific in my search, which was a little challenging at this point. I do think that these sources will help me hammer out exactly what I want to research (or not research!).

    • Nikki Harris
    • February 5th, 2007

    After seraching for reference materials, I have decided to narrow my research question to something like: What is EL Nino, and what are its affects on the weather and climate in the United States? I may even explore to see if El Nino has anything to do with global warming. I have narrowed my topic to this since I am finding most of the sources deal with the US. I also want to investigate the climate here since this is where I live and El Nino has an effect on the US.
    One reference that I found is:
    The weather almanac : a reference guide to weather, climate, and related issues in the United States and its key cities / Richard A. Wood, editor.
    This falls under the LC classification of climatology and weather and then meterology. This book is located in the Natural Resources Library in Jordan Hall. This will be useful to look up what the standard climated are in certain US cities and then compare that to EL Nino years. This will also be helpful in looking up various data that will be needed in my research. I found this book by doing an advanced serach for weather, checking only the reference materials box.
    I also found this encyclopedia searching in the same manner:
    Encyclopedia of weather and climate / Michael Allaby.
    LC classification: climatology and weather and meterology
    This book is located in D.H. Hill. This will be useful when looking for explanations of El Nino and weather or climatic terms. I can use this to look up anything I don’t understand in any of my sources.
    My third reference book that I found in the same way is:
    Weather America : a thirty-year summary of statistical weather data and rankings.
    LC classification: Meterology
    This book is located in D.H. Hill. This will also be very useful to compare data from non-El Nino years the El Nino years. This way I can specifically see weather statistics of a US city and see how they are similar and different during El Nino years.
    I actually found another resource that will be very helpful:
    The Facts on File weather and climate handbook / Michael Allaby.
    LC classification: Climatology and Weather
    I found this handbook using an advanced search for weather, checking only the reference materials box. This book will be useful for quick look-ups of info that will be valuable to the research. This book falls under the LC category of climatology and weather. This book isn’t located in D.H. Hill, but in the Natural Resources Library in Jordan Hall.
    All the reference books I found are located either D.H. Hill library or the Natural Resources Libraray, so they will be easy to located and take a look at. While doing my search, I was not able to just search El Nino under reference materials. However, the weather references I found have info on El Nino and have statistics that will be useful to compare for non-El Nino and El Nino years. The subject topics that came up were climatology, climate, weather, meterology, etc. I need to do more searching with these other subject topics to see if I get anything else, but mainly everything falls under one of these.
    So far my reserach seems to be going well. I’m just not sure if I want or need or am capable of incorporating El Nino and global warming. I will just keep seraching and see what I find. If I find anything useful, I may try to tie them together. These reference materials should help me decide what to narrow my question down to.

    • Maggie Hennessy
    • February 5th, 2007

    My research question thus far has developed into “What role do environmental policies and standards play in the prevention of urban sprawl and habitat deterioration when planning cities?”
    I originally started my search in the environmental engineering category within the technology subset, but found very little information, especially in reference book form, about city planning. I therefore did a more general search for “city planning” in manuals and handbooks. This search deemed very helpful. While searching in this way doesn’t really keep my topic as close to my major (environmental engineering) as i would like, it does present some interesting information about what all goes into the planning of a city.
    The first handbook that I found to be of interest is The community planning handbook : how people can shape their cities, towns and villages in any part of the world / Compiled and edited by Nick Wates; designed by Jeremy Brook.
    The LC category for this book is community development– handbooks and manuals or city planning– handbooks and manuals
    I think this book could be very interesting because it looks at development in various places around the world. I could use this information to compare American standards and policies to others around the world.
    Another referece book I found interesting is Land development handbook : planning, engineering, and surveying / the Dewberry Companies ; editor-in-chief, Sidney O. Dewberry ; coordinating editor, Philip C. Champagne. I found this book by searching “development” then going to the technology category, then the civil engineering category and then narrowing my search to handbooks and manuals.
    The LC category for this book is Surveying–Handbooks, manuals, etc., Real estate development–Planning–Handbooks, manuals, etc., and Engineering geology–Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    This book will contain practical information that is used when planning out a city. Hopefully it will contain some environmental policy and influence. It is located at DH Hill in the stacks on the 8th floor.
    The third reference book I found is Bringing buildings back : from abandoned properties to community assets : a guidebook for policymakers and practitioners / Alan Mallach. I found this book by searching for “city planning” then clicking on the “environmental aspects” link on the left under “subject:topic” and then narrowing that down to manuals and handbooks.
    The LC category for this books is Community development, Urban–United States–Handbooks, manuals, etc., City planning–United States–Handbooks, manuals, etc., and Land use, Urban–Environmental aspects–United States–Handbooks, manuals, etc. This book has specifically the environmental aspects and influences that take place in developing a city or restoring a city.
    As I continue searching using different key words and types of books, I am finding more and more information that pertains to my topic. This is really reassuring because i didn’t know if there would be a lot of information about my topic. I do, however, think that reference books won’t be the most helpful resource for my topic. A lot of information about my topic is found in Congressional hearing documents where politians actually lay out the policies about city planning.

    • Jeremy Bartucca
    • February 5th, 2007

    I found the first two of my reference nooks using refworks and the last navigating from the ncsu libraries home page to more specifically searching in the highway engineering catalogs for Central Artery/Tunnel Project. The two reference books i found using refworks(1 & 2) I searched in the libraries of University of Massachusetts since that is where the Big Dig is, I assumed that they would have the best resources. Surprisingly enough though, it seemed that ncsu had more resources of the Big Dig than Boston did. All of my references are appropriate because two of them are done by prestigious engineering groups such as the highway system coalition themselves and the National Academy of Engineers. The first resource may be somewhat biased because it is dome by the Massachusetts turnpike authority but I thought that it was because of this that I should investigate what they say because I am investigating them in an initially negative manor. Also, for my topic it does not seem that reference books are the correct source to use. Because my topic is current and keeps changing it is better to use the official reports and journal articles.
    1. Book Title: The Big Dig
    Source: 1995, Central Artery Tunnel Project, Boston, MA
    2. Book Title: Completing the “Big Dig” : managing the final stages of Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel Project
    Authors: Committee for the Review of the Project Management Practices Employed on the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project; National Research Council . Board of Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment; National Research Council . Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Academy of Engineering; Massachusetts Turnpike Authority
    Source: 2003, 49, National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.
    3. Title: Completing he “Big Dig” : managing he final stages of Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel project / Committee for Review of the Project Management Practices Employed on the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel (“Big Dig”) Project, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Research Council, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.
    Electronic Access: View resource online from NAP
    Published: Washington, DC : National Academies Press, c2003.
    Other titles: Big Dig
    Other Authors/Titles: National Academy of Engineering. Committee for Review of the Project Management Practices Employed on the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel (“Big Dig”) Project.
    National Research Council (U.S.). Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment.
    Material: x, 49 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
    Additional Formats: Also issued online.
    ISBN: 0309088879
    LC = Central Artery/Third Tunnel Project–The Big Dig.

    • Amber Joyner
    • February 5th, 2007

    The three most useful reference books I have found so far have been through the NCSU library catalog. They are “Encyclopedia of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the New American Community, and Latin-American trade” (HC94.R668 1995). I found this book under the headings “Social Sciences– Commerce” Right now my research topic is focusing around the impact of NAFTA on the American political economy. This reference will be helpful because it deals directly with NAFTA and the policies it has established. Another book I found is “The Arthur Andersen North American business sourcebook: the most comprehensive, authoritative reference guide to expanding trade in the North American market” (HF1746.A78 1994) under the LC headings “Social Science–Economic History and Conditions” This reference material should give more general information on the impact of free trade in America and help to narrow down my research questions. The final book is “Globalization: encyclopedia of trade, labor, and politics” (JZ1318.G56 2006) under “Political Science–International Relations” This final reference material will be helpful in drawing connections between the economic and political changes induced by NAFTA and other components of Free Trade.

    • Adam Nock
    • February 5th, 2007

    My topic is “How can educators improve math education in secondary schools?”:
    Encyclopedia of educational research LB15 .E48 1992 v.4
    Core list of books and journals in education LB14.6 .Q37 1991
    Sonnenschein’s cyclopædia of education LB15 .F5
    I found all of these books by searching the NCSU catalog. I found them alone and then also browsed the shelf of several books in the catalog. This allowed me to find several other useful resources, but I was eventually led back to these three. The Encyclopedia of educational research will be very helpful because it will hopefully lead me to different theories in education so that I may compare them. Core list of books and journals in education will lead me to many other resources in my field as well. Especially since any journals will be more recent information. Sonnenschein’s cyclopædia of education will also lead me to many resources since it is “a handbook of reference on all subjects connected with education (its history, theory, and practice), comprising articles by eminent educational specialists.”

    • Dylan Selinger
    • February 5th, 2007

    At the moment my research question is how does recreation and leisure effect stress levels, and is it a necessary element of a healthy life style? I found my reference books using the library catalog search. I have decided to choose broader reference books because I have not completely decided on how to narrow my search topic. This will allow me to do some preliminary research and decide on what I would like to discuss. The three works that I found are:
    Outdoor recreation and leisure; a reference guide and selected bibliography [by] James R. Pinkerton [and] Marjorie J. Pinkerton.
    (Outdoor recreation–Bibliography. )
    Society, culture, leisure, and play : an anthropological reference / Frank A. Salamone.
    (Culture–Handbooks, manuals, etc., Anthropology–Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    Manners and customs–Handbooks, manuals, etc. )
    Dictionary of concepts in recreation and leisure studies / Stephen L.J. Smith.
    Leisure–Dictionaries. )
    I feel that these reference works will allow me to find more search terms and more ideas about my research question, and hopefully I can narrow my topic down to an exact specific question. I still think that I may research the impact of recreation on stress level.

    • Nikki Harris
    • February 6th, 2007

    For my reference books, I put down the LC classifications. So here are the LC subject headings:
    The weather almanac : a reference guide to weather, climate, and related issues in the United States and its key cities / Richard A. Wood, editor.
    LC subject heading: Meterology-US-Observations, US-Climate-Statistics, Air Quality-US, and Climatology
    Encyclopedia of weather and climate / Michael Allaby.
    LC subject heading: Meterology-Encyclopedia and Climatology-Encyclopedia
    Weather America : a thirty-year summary of statistical weather data and rankings.
    LC subject heading: Meterology-US-Tables and US-Climate-Tables
    The Facts on File weather and climate handbook / Michael Allaby.
    LC subject heading: Climatology and Weather

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