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GERM 310: Green Germany: Getting Started

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Use this guide to get started with your research for GERM 310: Green Germany

‚ÄčFreiburg, Germany

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Using Subject Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias and other reference resources are excellent places to start your research! You usually can expect to find the following important information in articles in subject encyclopedias:

  • An overview of the topic, with key individuals and events identified, and often some mention of how the topic has been studied 
  • Cross references to give you a sense of the boundaries of the topic and its relationship to other topics
    • Look for "see also" at the beginning or end of the article
    • Some encyclopedias highlight words in the text of the article to indicate that there is a separate entry on that topic
  • Bibliographies of key secondary literature (books and articles) on the topic
  • Scholarly editions of primary sources may be listed in the bibliography
    • The main body of the article may mention key primary source writings and their author(s)
    • Some encyclopedias include excerpts of primary source materials

Subject Encyclopedias for German History and Culture

Subject Encyclopedias for the Environment

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Not sure where to look?  Each of these online collections will introduce you to a wealth of dictionaries and encyclopedias.

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