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Science and Politics: Topic Areas

Animal Rights


Animal Experimentation

Animal Liberation Front
Animal Rights
Animal Rights Movement

Human - Animal Studies

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Animal Rights Mind Map - for other related topics


General Book Call Number Area: HV 4708
Animal Rights: A Reference Handbook.
Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions.
Animal Rights: What Everyone Needs to Know. General HV 4708 .W 35 2011
At Issue: Animal Experimentation. General HV 4915 .A 6363 2013
Current Controversies: Animal Rights. General HV 4708 .A 5427 2015
Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare. Reference HV 4708 .E 53 2010

Humans and Animals:  A Geography of Coexistence Encyclopedia

Atomic Bombs, 1945

Atomic Bomb

General Leslie Groves
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Manhattan Project
Radioactive Fallout
Soviet Atomic Espionage

Atomic Bombs Mind Map - for other related topics


The Atomic Bomb. General UG 1282 .A 872 2000
The Atomic Bomb: The Critical Issues. General E 813 .A85 1976
Major Problems in the History of World War II : Documents and Essays. [see Chapter 11] General D 743 .M 27 2003
Was the Bombing Justified?
Why did President Truman order the Bombing?


Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb. General D 767.25 .H 6 K 68 2007
Cultural Atlas of Japan. Reference DS 821 .C 62 1988
Historical Dictionary of Atomic Espionage. General UB 270 .T 74 2011
Historical Dictionary of Japan to 1945. Reference DS 833 .H 46 2014
Historical Dictionary of World War II Intelligence.
Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan. Reference DS 805 .K 633 1983

The Manhattan Project and the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb:  The Essential Reference Guide
Military Atlas of Air Warfare. Reference UG 630 .D 584 2014b
Month by Month Atlas of World War II. General G 1038 .P 6 1989
The Pacific War Atlas. General D 767 .S 6 1995
Pacific War Encyclopedia. Reference D 767.9 .D 86 1998

General Book Call Number area: D 767.25
List of COD Library books on the atomic bombings
List of COD Library books on the Manhattan Project
List of COD Library books on President Harry Truman
List of COD Library videos on the atomic bombings

The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources.  National Security Archive.
The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Report of the Manhattan Engineering District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1945.
The Atomic Papers : A Citizen's Guide to Selected Books and Articles on the Bomb, the Arms Race, Nuclear Power, the Peace Movement, and Related Issues. General JX 1974.7 .B 85 1984x
Documents from the George C. Marshall Foundation Collection
Documents from the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library
The Effects of Atomic Weapons. General  UF 767 .U 594 1950
Japan's Struggle  to End the War.   U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, 1946.
Manhattan: The Army and the Atomic Bomb. U.S. Army official history book. General QC 773.3 .U 5 J 65 1985,
Harry S. Truman and the Bomb: A Documentary History. General E 813 .H 3 1996

Climate Change / Global Warming

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

The Atlas of a Changing Climate.   Reference  QC  903 .B 858 2021

The Atlas of Climate Change: Mapping the World's Greatest Challenge.
Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate, and Water Extremes (1970-2012). Reference QC 981.8 .C 53 G 65 2014
Climate Atlas of Illinois. Reference QC 984 .I 5 C 5 2004
Climate Change : An Encyclopedia of Science and History.
Climate Change Politics and Policies in America : Historical and Modern Documents in Context
Climate Change: Examining the Facts
Encyclopedia of Climate Change.
Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Governance and Politics Reference GE 170 .E 53 2017
Encyclopedia of Global Warming. Reference QC 981.8 .G 56 E 46 2010
Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change. General General QC 854 .E 5258 2010

International Encyclopedia of Abbreviations and Acronyms in Science and Technology:  Series B - Ecology, Environment, Geosciences
Multimedia Atlas of Global Warming and Climatology
The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change. General QC903.H4835 2019

Climate Change Controversies
At Issue: Adaptation and Climate Change. General QC 902.9 .A 33 2013
At Issue: Can Glacier and Ice Melt be Reversed? General QC 903.2 .A 68 C 36 2014
Boiling Point : How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and Activists are Fueling the Climate Crisis--and what We can do to Avert Disaster. General QC 981.8 .G 56 G 44 2004
The Climate War : True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth. General QC 903 .P 766 2010
Climatology versus Pseudoscience : Exposing the Failed Predictions of Global Warming Skeptics. General QC 981.8 .G 56 N 93 2015
Current Controversies: Global Warming. General QC 981.8 .G 56 G 57445 2013
Denying Science : Conspiracy Theories, Media Distortions, and the War against Reality. General Q 175.5 .G 734 2011
Don't Even Think About It : Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change. General QC 903 .M 368 2014
The Madhouse Effect : How Climate Change Denial is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy. General QC 903 .M 3625 2016
Merchants of Doubt : How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. General Q 147 .O 74 2010
Opposing Viewpoints: Endangered Oceans. General QH 541.5 .S 3 E 535 2014
Opposing Viewpoints: The Environment. General GE 140 .E 5333 2014
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism. General QC 981.8 .G 56 H 67 2007
Skeptical Science (debunking skeptics of global warming)
Unstoppable Global warming : Every 1,500 Years. General QC 981.8 .G 56 S 553 2007


Cloning background reading
List of other encyclopedia articles on Cloning
At Issue: Human Embryo Experimentation. General QH 588 .S 83 H 832 2011
At Issue: Should Parents be Allowed to Choose the Sex of Their Children? General QP 279 .S 57 2012
Cloning: A Reference Handbook General QH 442.2 .N 495 2015
DNA Technology: A Reference Handbook Reference QH 442 .N 465 2017
Opposing Viewpoints: Cloning. General QH 442.2 .C 56475 2012
Opposing Viewpoints: Human Genetics. General QH 447 .H 834 2014
Opposing Viewpoints: Stem Cells. General QH 588 .S 83 S 74295 2012
The Sage Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research.

Cloning Mind Map - for other related topics and concepts

Stem Cells Mind Map - for other related topics and concepts


Alternative Energy Sources
At Issue: The U.S. Energy Grid. General TJ 163.25 .U 6 U 8 2012
Energy Conservation
Energy Policy and National Security
Fossil Fuels
Green Illusions : The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism. General TJ 807.9 .U 6 Z 44 2012
Opposing Viewpoints: Energy Alternatives. General TJ 808 .E 566 2015
Opposing Viewpoints: Renewable Energy. General TJ 808.2 .R 448 2012
Renewable Energy
U.S. Energy Policy
U.S. Energy Production
Physics research guide

Alternative Energy Mind Map - for related topics and concepts

Energy Mind Map - for other related topics and concepts

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

Alternative Energy and Shale Gas Encyclopedia.
Dictionary of Energy.
Dictionary of Energy Efficiency Technologies. Reference TJ 163.28 .H 67 2004
Encyclopedia of Energy. Reference TJ 163.16 .E 47 2013

Energy:  In Context (an encyclopedia)
Illinois Energy State Profile
Renewable and Alternative Energy Resources: A Reference Handbook. General TJ 808.3 .S 65 2008
Renewable Energy : Physics, Engineering, Environmental Impacts, Economics & Planning.
World Energy Crisis: A Reference Handbook. General HD 9502 .A 2 N 498 2013

Background Readings

Big Oil
Drilling articles
Fossil Fuels
Natural Gas
Oil Fields
Peak Oil
Pipeline articles


At Issue: Should Drilling be Allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? General TN 872 .A 7 S 545 2013
Dictionary of Oil and Gas Production.
Drilling Maps
Fracking: A Reference Handbook General TD 195 .G 3 N 49 2015
Oil : A Cultural and Geographic Encyclopedia of Black Gold.
Opposing Viewpoints: Natural Gas. General TN 278 .N 38 2015

Natural Gas Mind Map - for other related topics

Petroleum Mind Map - for other related topics

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's)

Biology Research Guide
Genetic Engineering background reading
Genetically Modified Food background reading

GMOs Mind Map - for other related topics

GMO Food: A Reference Handbook. General TP 248.65 .F 66 N 49 2021
Seeds for the Future: The Impact of Genetically-Modified Crops on the Environment. General SB 123.57 .T 494 2006

The Sage Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research.

Skeptics of GMOs
Altered Genes, Twisted Truth : How the Venture to Genetically Engineer our Food has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public. General TP 248.6 .D 78 2015
At Issue: Genetically Modified Foods. General TP 248.65 .F 66 G 45746 2015
Current Controversies: Factory Farming. General SF 140 .L 58 F 332 2013
Fighting for the Future of Food : Activists versus Agribusiness in the Struggle over Biotechnology. General HD 9000.5 .S 3768 2010
The GMO Deception : What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk. General TP 248.65 .F 66 G 66 2014

Health and Medicine

Aging and Social Gerontology research guide
Health/Illness and Society research guide

Vaccines research guide down below

Childhood Obesity: causes, prevention and  management

Organ Donation General RD129.5.B67 2022

In the Weeds: demonization, legalization, and the evolution of  U.S. marijuana   General KF3891.M2 M68 2019

At Issue: Birth Control. General HQ 766 .B 4794 2016
At Issue: Caffine. General QP 801 .C 24 F 73 2016
At Issue: Can Diets be Harmful? General RM 222.2 .C 27537 2016

At Issue: Fast Food. General TX 370 .F 372 2015
At Issue: What Should We Eat? General RA 784 .W 488 2016
At Issue: Why is Autism on the Rise? General RC 553 .A 88 W 4585 2014

Current Controversies: Alternative Therapies. General R 733 .A 5157 2012
Current Controversies: Assisted Suicide. General R 726 .A 8533 2012
Current Controversies: Drug Legalization General HV 5825 .D 77667 2015
Current Controversies: Pesticides. General SB 951.14 .P 47 2014

Opposing Viewpoints: The Aging Population. General HQ 1061 .A 4298 2014
Opposing Viewpoints: Alternative Medicine. General R 733 .A 4587 2012
Opposing Viewpoints: Addictions. General HV 4998 .A 319 2014
Opposing Viewpoints: Birth Control. General HQ 766 .B 4794 2016
Opposing Viewpoints: Birth Defects. General RG 627.5 .B 57 2014
Opposing Viewpoints: Breast Cancer. General RC 280 .B 8 B 6642 2016
Opposing Viewpoints: Chemicals. General TD 176.7 .C 474 2015
Opposing Viewpoints: Eating Disorders. General RC 552 .E 18 E 28565 2012
Opposing Viewpoints: Euthanasia. General R 726 .E 77518 2015
Opposing Viewpoints: Medical Technology. General R 855.3 .M 424 2013
Opposing Viewpoints: Medical Testing. General RM 301.27 .M 43 2014
Opposing Viewpoints: Mental Illness. General HV 3004 .B 46 2016
Opposing Viewpoints: Obesity. General RC 628 .O 222 2015
Opposing Viewpoints: Performance Enhancing Drugs. General RC 1230 .P 4762 2015
Opposing Viewpoints: The Pharmaceutical Industry. General RM 301.15 .P 477 2012
Opposing Viewpoints: Tobacco and Smoking. General HV 5760 .T 623 2015
Opposing Viewpoints: Women's Health. General RA 778 .W 6825 2015


Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology:  From Atlantis to the Walam Olum.   Reference  CC 70 .F 43 2020

Encyclopedia of Moon Mysteries:  Secrets, Conspiracy Theories, Anomalies, Extraterrestrials

Encyclopedia of Parapsychology and Psychical Research.   General   BF 1025 .B 47 1991

Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience.   Reference  Q 157 .E 57 2000

The Paranormal:  A Guide to the Unexplained.   General  BF  1031 .N 67 1996

A Physicist's Guide to Skepticism.   General  Q 175 .R 5648 1988

The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe:  How to Know what's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake.  General  Q 162 .N 68 2018


Technology and Society research guide
The Sociology of Technology background reading
At Issue: Does the Internet increase Anxiety? General HM 851 .D 626 2016
At Issue: Location Based Social Networking and Services. General HM 742 .L 63 2014
At Issue: Violent Video Games. General HQ 784 .V 53 V 56 2015
Encyclopedia of Industrial Biotechnology.
Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Technology.
Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource.
The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. Reference Q121 .M 3 2012
Opposing Viewpoints: Nanotechnology. General T 174.7 .N 345525 2014
Opposing Viewpoints: Robotic Technology. General TJ 211.2 .R 63 2014
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Science, Medicine and Technology.

Technology Mind Map - for other related topics

Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) / Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAPs)

Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained

Encyclopedia of Alien Encounters.   General  BF 2050 .B 35 2000

Encyclopedic Sourcebook of UFO Religions.  General  BL 65 .U 54 E 53 2003

Extraordinary Encounters:  An Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrials  and Otherworldly Beings.   Reference  BF 2050 .C 57 2000

UFOs and Popular Culture:  An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Myth.   Reference  TL 789.L485 2000

The UFO Encyclopedia:  The Phenomenon from the Beginning. 


Vaccinations background readings
Vaccines background reading
Vaccines as a Social Issue background reading

Understanding Opposition to Vaccines background reading

Anti / vax: reframing the vaccine controversy

Anti-Vaxxers: How to Challenge a Misinformed movement
At Issue: Do Infectious Diseases pose a Threat?  General RA 643 .D 595 2014

At Issue:  Should Vaccinations be Mandatory?  General  RA 638 .S 55 2014

At Issue:  Vaccination.   General  RA 638 .V 27 2020

At Issue: Vaccines General RA 638.V3313 2015

Opposing Viewpoints:  Vaccines.   General  RA 638 .V 3334 2023

Deadly Choices:  How  the Anti-Vaccine  Movement Threatens Us  All.  General  RJ  240 .O 38 2015

The Ethics of Vaccination.   General  RA 638 .G 583 2019
The HPV Vaccine Controversy : Sex, Cancer, God, and Politics : A Guide.  General QR 189.5 .P 36 K 75 2008

Human Medical Experimentation:  From Smallpox Vaccines to Secret Government Programs.  General  R 853 .H 8 H 86 2017

Stuck - How Vaccine Rumors Start, and Why They Don't Go Away
Vaccination Controversies: A Reference Handbook.  General RA 638 .N 495 2013

Vaccination Ethics and Policy:  An Introduction with Readings.   General  RA 638 .V 2981 2017

The Vaccine Debate.  General  QR 189 .D 38 2019

Vaccines and Your Child:  Separating Fact from Fiction

Vaccines:  Are They Worth the Shot?   General  RA 638 .G 7513 2018

Vaccines:  What Everyone Needs to Know.   General  RA 638 .F 44 2018

Vaccination Mind Map - for other related topics

See also the Health and Medicine section above.


Agricultural Demand for Water
At Issue: Will the World Run Out of Fresh Water? General TD 345 .W 55 2012
Fresh Water Ecology
Global Viewpoints: Water. General GB 662.3 .W 372 2012
Global Water Cycle Disruptions and Intense Weather Events
Groundwater Pollution
Hydrologic Cycle
Opposing Viewpoints: Endangered Oceans. General QH 541.5 .S 3 E 535 2014
Riparian Land
River Basins
Rivers: A Very Short Introduction. General GB 1203.2 .M 534 2012
Sea Level Change
Sharing Freshwater
Water: A Very Short Introduction. General GB 661.2 .F 56 2015
Water Allocation
Water and Culture
Water Conservation
Water Resources and Quality
Water Supplies and Access to Clean Water

Water Resources Mind Map - for other related topics

Atlas of the Global Water Cycle.

The Atlas of Water:  Mapping the World's Most Critical Resource
Competition for Water Resources : Experiences and Management Approaches in the US and Europe. Circulation Desk TD 223 .C 66 2017
Encyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States
Encyclopedia of Water Science Reference S 494.5 .W 3 E 54 2003
The Global Water Crisis: A Reference Handbook. General TD 348 .N 49 2016
How Federal Policies Affect the Allocation of Water (2006)
Key Concepts in Water Resource Management.
Seas and Waterways of the World : An Encyclopedia of History, Uses, and Issues. Reference HE 381 .S 43 2010
The Water Atlas. Reference GB 671 .C 54 2004
The Water Dictionary : A Comprehensive Reference of Water Terminology.
The Water Encyclopedia. Reference TD 345 .L 393 2005
Water Planet : The Culture, Politics, Economics, and Sustainability of Water on Earth.
Water Resource Planning and Management.
Water Rights and the Environment in the United States : A Documentary and Reference Guide.
The World's Oceans: Geography, History, and Environment.

Meteorology Research Guide
Oceanography and Hydrology Research Guide

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