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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.

Reference E-books

Reference Books (Print)

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.

Online Collection of Reference Resources