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WSE 390: Global Issues in Renewable Materials : Finding Books

This guide provides tips on using library resources for writing assignments related to renewable materials.

Finding Books on Sustainability and Renewable Materials

There are specific "subject headings" for Sustainable Buildings and Sustainable Construction.   And. while there are many subject headings related to Renewable Energy , there is no subject heading for "renewable materials."  The subject heading for "Renewable Natural Resources"  exists and is good for policy and management related questions related to Conservation..  More useful headings may be "Sustainable [add subject term]" will find an array of books related to the use of sustainability in forestry, architecture, etc.

Often there is a call number associated with a particular subject heading as well.  For example, TH is the general call number for "building construction" and TH880 is more specifically where books on "sustainable" building reside.  TS is Manufacturing  and TS155.7 is devoted to books on ISO 14000 (the standard for environmental management assessment).  TP is chemical technology (where much of food science resides) and  TP248 is Biotechnology and TP248.65 its application to individual compounds or class of compounds.  HF is Commerce/Business and HF5413 is Marketing (specifically of "green" products).

Once you find an interesting title in the catalog, you can click on it and "virtually" browse the book titles around it by clicking on the call number. If you prefer to browse in person, most of these will be on the 1st floor. 

When the book you want is checked out, remember you can use the button to "Try Summit Libraries" to see if another copy is available in Oregon of Washington.  If you request that copy -- it will be sent to the library circulation desk and usually be available in 3-5 business days.

Call numbers for Forestry

If you want to browse for books about forestry look for call numbers beginning with SD. However, there are many related disciplines that support forestry and books in these areas will have different call numbers.  Library of Congress Subject Classification is used by most academic libraries.

Call numbers related to forestry include:

SD1-669.5 Forestry SD131-247.5 History of forestry, Forest Conditions
SD250-363.3 Forestry Education SD 388-389 Forest Machinery and Engineering, Forest roads
SD390 Forest Soils, Forest Meteorology, Forest Microclimatology SD 391-410 Silviculture
SD411-428 Conservation and protection SD 430-559 Exploitation and utilization
SD561-669.5 Administration. Policy HD Economics of Production
QH540-549.5 Ecology QK Botany
QR Microbiology TS 880-939 Wood Science

Finding a Thesis of Dissertation from OSU

Consult the "Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection (ETDs)" of the ScholarsArchive@OSU for theses and dissertations in all fields since 2007.  In addition, the library has scanned all of the OSU College/School of Forestry theses and dissertation since 1923.  These are available via the link above or the two below.

You can search these collections via the ScholarsArchive@OSU OR you can use the library catalog which provides links to them.