Research Guide: HUM 101 - Our Relation to Nature

| Citing Sources | Reference Books | CONSULS Catalog | Online Databases | Locating Periodicals | Interlibrary Loan | Questions? |

Citing Sources to Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of cheating which may lower the grade you receive on your writing assignment. You must cite the source of any direct quotation and any facts or ideas you obtained from a source other than yourself. For more information about how to avoid plagiarism, please see this brief video from Bainbridge College in YouTube: Plagiarism: How to Avoid It (

For tips on citation format, please see the Chicago Manual of Style Guide courtesy of the OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab ( The complete text of The Chicago Manual of Style is available online to WCSU students at: //

Selected Reference Books for Background Information

Reference books are shelved by Library of Congress call number in the stacks on the fourth and fifth floors of the Ruth Haas Library. To learn about LC call numbers, please watch the brief video Reading a Call Number in YouTube (courtesy of the Douglas College Library). Reference books may not be checked out, but free scanners are available for student use on the first floor (please bring your own flash drive).

CREDO ReferenceOnline under Databases A-Z
Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Second edition. 10 volumes.Ref B 51.E53 2006
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 10 volumes.Ref B 51.R68 1998
Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. 4 volumes.Ref BJ 63.E44 1998
Encyclopedia of Bioethics. 4 volumes.Ref QH 332.E53 1995
Encyclopedia of EthicsRef BJ 63.E46 1999
Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics. 3 volumes.Ref Q 175.35.E53 2005
Ethics. Revised edition. 3 volumes.BJ 63.E54 2005
Encyclopedia of Environment and Society. 5 volumes.Ref HM 856.E53 2007
Encyclopedia of Global Change: Environmental Change and Human SocietyRef GE 149.E445 2002
Encyclopedia of Glogal Warming and Climate Change. 3 volumes.Ref QC 981.8.G58.E47 2008

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CONSULS Online Catalog for Books and Media

CONSULS catalog workstations are located in the Reference Area on the first floor, and on each of the other floors of the Haas Library. You may logon to CONSULS via the WCSU Libraries Homepage at or directly at Please Note: CONSULS ignores upper and lower case, and you may omit punctuation, except the hyphen which must be replaced by a space.


Select Keyword(s) at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the words which best describe your topic, in any order.

Example: overpopulation and human* and biosphere (press ENTER)
Narrower: overpopulation and human* and (sixth extinction or anthropocene) (ENTER)

Example: global warming and (fossil fuel* or deforest*) (press ENTER)
Narrower: global warming and tropical storm* and fossil fuel* (ENTER)

Use the * (asterisk) as a truncation symbol to retrieve variant forms of a word root. Use the Boolean OR to expand your search by including synonyms and related terms. When using two different Boolean commands in the same search statement ("and" and "or" in the preceding examples) you must include parentheses to indicate which command is to be performed first.


Select Subject at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the Library of Congress subject heading which best describes your topic. Correct spelling and word order are important. The complete list of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) is published in a set of big red books available in the Reference Area on the first floor of the Haas Library.

Example: Overpopulation--Environmental aspects (press ENTER)
Or just: overpopulation (ENTER)

Example: Global warming--Government policy--Moral and ethical aspects (ENTER)
Or just: global warming government pol (ENTER)


Select Title at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type as much of the title as you remember in correct word order. In CONSULS, you may omit "a," "an," or "the" at the beginning of a title.

Example: Humanity's Footprint: Momentum, Impact, and Our Global Environment (press ENTER)
Or just: humantitys footprint (ENTER)


Select Author at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the writer's name last-name-first. Correct spelling is important.

Example: dodds walter k (press ENTER)
Or just: dodds wal (ENTER)

To limit search results to items owned by WCSU, click on Limit/Sort and then select WCSU under "WHERE Item is Located."


If the item you need is owned by one of the other CSU Libraries (CCSU, SCSU, or ECSU) but not by WCSU, or if the copy at WCSU is checked out, you may request the item electronically via INTER-CAMPUS LOAN by clicking the Request option at the full record display in CONSULS. Then select "WCSU" and type your University network username and password. Be sure to specify a pickup location (Haas or Young Library) before initiating your request. If you need assistance with Inter-Campus Loan, please contact the Circulation Desk at (203) 837-9100.

There is a limit of ten (10) Inter-Campus Loan requests per person. Videos are available via Inter-Campus Loan. Please allow 3-4 working days for delivery to the Haas Circulation Desk. Items borrowed via Inter-Campus Loan may be renewed for an additional borrowing period if no one has placed a HOLD on the item.

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Online Databases for Finding Periodical Articles

CREDO Reference
Coverage: A database of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works in full-text. Includes media (images, audiofiles, video).
Location: Under Articles & Databases by Subject: Reference on the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Reference articles, quotations, images, audio files, and videos on a wide range of topics..
CQ Researcher
Coverage: 1923 to present
Location: Under Articles & Databases: A-Z on the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: In-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day in 52 weekly issues per year. Each article includes an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.
Academic Search Premier in EBSCOhost
Coverage: 1990 to present (earlier for many publications)
Location: Under Articles & Databases: Most Popular at the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Indexes approximately 8,000 newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals in most fields, with over 4,500 available in full-text.
Coverage: Issue number one to within 5-6 years of present
Location: Under Articles & Databases: Most Popular on the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Full-text of core scholarly journals in more than 50 disciplines (complete backfiles).
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Locating Periodicals in the Haas Library

To find out if WCSU subscribes to a specific periodical in print or online:

1. Select Journal Title under "Other Searches" at the CONSULS main menu, then type the name of the periodical (example: british journal of environment and climate change) and press ENTER. If a title list appears on the screen, select the desired title, then look inside the box to find WCSU holdings. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see if WCSU owns backfiles on microfilm or microfiche.

2. To find out if a given periodical is available in full-text in one or more of WCSU's online databases, use the Journal Finder available under Articles & Databases on the WCSU Libraries Homepage (

How to Use Interlibrary Loan

If the CSU Libraries do not own the book you need, or if WCSU does not subscribe to the periodical you need, you may request delivery of the item via Interlibrary Loan using the online ILLiad system available at:

There is a limit of 5 Interlibrary Loan requests per person per day. Videos are not available via Interlibrary Loan. Under most circumstances, Interlibrary Loan is a free service, but please allow at least ten working days for delivery. You will be notified as soon as the material arrives. Faster document delivery service is available for a reasonable fee. Please phone the Interlibrary Loan Desk at (203) 837-9114 for more information.

Do You Have a Question?

Reference service is available on request at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Haas Library, or you may contact Joan Reitz, Instruction Librarian, at 837-8308 or My office is located in Room 402 on the fourth floor of the Haas Library (near the glass elevator).

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Please send your comments to Joan Reitz, Haas Instruction Librarian, Western Connecticut State University
Last updated on September 28, 2016