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IDS 101: The World We Want: Reference Materials

The World We Want Course Description

News headlines and radio reports daily deluge us with coming catastrophes: climate change, fires, floods, global pandemics, refugees, and war. How to get out of bed in the morning? In this course, we will examine community-based solutions and efforts to build solidarity to combat the ravages of contemporary life. We will examine food co-ops, community garden projects, labor organizations, little free libraries, the tiny house movement, and many other efforts to build community and foster resilience. We will examine ideas from a number of cultures within American society: Native American, African American, Latino, and others. We will examine the projects of young people, as well as of the elderly. The materials for the course include political manifestos and histories of cooperative movements. The final project for the course will be the communal creation of a project based on the ideas that we study during the semester.

Course taught by: Jennifer Jopp                                                                                                                                Colloquium Associate: Niko Hellman

Authoritative Reference Sources vs Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great resource for getting general info about something, but because anyone can contribute or change its content it is considered unreliable.  College faculty typically do not consider Wikipedia a credible information source. 

Instead, use the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to backup the basic information of your research paper. These resources have gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy. To the right and below are some resources that may be of use.

Online Collection of Encyclopedias

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Friday         9 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Saturday    Closed
Sunday      1 p.m. -- 9 p.m.

Reference Hours


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                    6 p.m. -- 9 p.m.

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Saturday         (Closed)
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Reference Books

Below are key reference books that provide a general overview of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include references and lists of further readings.

Reference E-books

Subject Librarian

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Joni Roberts
Contact:
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
503-370-6741

What librarians can do for you...

Subject librarians are here to help with your research!

You can set up an individual research consultation with a subject librarian for research help. Here are a few other things that we can do for you:

- Show you the best places to begin your research.

- Help you develop effective search strategies.

- Locate the information you need within our library.

- Obtain books, articles, cds, etc. from other libraries.

- Find additional information from citation lists/bibliographies.

- Judge the quality & reliability of information.

- Use information ethically (e.g. plagiarism).

- Cite information correctly (e.g. APA style).

- Demonstrate how to use citation resources.

- Tell the difference between various literature types.

- Determine whether something is peer-reviewed.