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3rd edition. New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
These resources provide contextual information. Brief Encyclopedia articles will present the highlights, usually with short bibliographies listing significant or controversial works. Handbook chapters offer article-length treatments, usually with much longer bibliographies whose citations are discussed in the chapter narrative. Bibliographies and literature reviews are articles that focus on the published literature.
Yes, the article is interesting, but the "Talk" tab may be more interesting. That's where you'll learn what the Wikipedia editors see as controversial, weak, or erroneous in the article. See, for example, the entry, "Biocentrism". You can also watch the article go through revisions and compare specific revisions using the article's "View History" tab.
WARNING! Be careful to keep track of where you are in Wikipedia's backstage: both the article and discussion pages have their own "View History" tabs!
Annotated bibliography that describes works treating what makes ordinary objects distinctive. See also:
• Animal rights" / Mark Rowlands. 2012. with sections on "Animals and natural rights" and "Animals as persons".
From a restatement of American federal and state law, an encyclopedia-like legal reference work that combines definitions, analysis, and citations to significant case law. See also: "Parties". American Jurisprudence. 2nd ed. West Publishing, 2002- .Vol. 59.
These databases will help you find scholarly articles about your topic.
HINT! Try to search by building sets of synonyms linked together with "OR" (between synonyms) and "AND" (between sets of synonyms).
"rights of nature" OR "trees have standing"
(sovereignity OR "property rights" OR ownership)
(environment* OR natur*) AND (property OR ownership OR rights)
HINT! To discover the subject terms a database uses, try to find an article you already know and then view its abstract and indexing. Re-do your search with the subject terms for your article. Also, some articles and books are foundation works for their subjects, so try searching for phrases from their titles: "trees have standing".
A broad general social sciences bibliographic database, describing the scholarly literature of anthropology, sociology, economics, and political science. WARNING! The ProQuest interface defaults to hidden-fulltext searching, producing huge search results. So, try an "Anywhere" search; then re-do your search using "NOFT - Anywhere EXCEPT Full Text".
SocAbs covers scholarly works in sociology, including the sociology of law and political sociology. Recently absorbed Social Services Abstracts to add coverage of social policy. Has a strong orientation toward US publications, but cover worldwide materials, too.
The best entry point into the law-review literature. HINT! It's tempting to search HeinOnline, the fulltext law-review database. But it's more efficient to use ILP ... unless you're trying to find a law-review article using its Blue Book citation form or you're trying to see how a specific court opinion has been cited in law-review articles.
Access to Google Scholar with Penn-only links to full-text articles. Once authenticated through Penn's proxy, full-text articles to which Penn Libraries subscribe will become available within the Google Scholar search results.
HINT! If your journal has a one-word title - Lancet, Africa, Science, Time - or your first attempt overwhelms you, be sure to set the Journal Title search to "Begins with" or "Exact Match". HINT! Less information is often better than complete information. Try searching for the Journal Title, Date (Year only is OK), Volume, Issue, and Start Page.
If your book is in Van Pelt Library, this chart will tell you the floor and side of the building in which you can find it. Just match the beginning of the call number with the letter or number on the chart.
If you are not familiar with the Library of Congress call number system then this table will explain how you can find an individual book once you have found the part of the library that has items in that call number range.
This document suggests a good method of crafting effective keyword searches.
Citations for case law and law review articles
Case law, or opinions for legal cases, and law review articles have a distinctive citation format, popular called Bluebook. To learn more about how to decipher Bluebook citation form, see these websites.