Reference: Subject Reading Materials
Reference materials can be good resources for subject overviews and a means to collect useful keywords. The bibliographies frequently include key texts and thinkers that are associated with a specific subject. To discover more reference materials held in the Stanford Libraries, search Reference Universe, Searchworks, consult with a librarian, or browse the libraries' reference collections.
Tips for using reference sources:
1. Look at the cross-references that many entries provide. These can be helpful in pointing you toward a related or more accurate idea/term.
2. One of the most important elements of any good reference source entry is its bibliography. Take note of the books or articles that the entry's author deems elementary to understanding the individual or idea.
Subject Term Searches
Listed below are Library of Congress subject terms, which search only the subject field(s) of the Searchworks catalogue records.
- You can refine your results by using the limiting facets with the left frame.
- Narrow by SUL (Stanford University Libraries) location, publication year, language, etc.
- Christian Pilgrims and Pilgrimages
- Description and Travel
- Frontier and Pioneer Life
- Heritage Tourism
- Highways United States
- Place in Literature
- Space Exploration
- State Department
- Tourism Environmental Aspects
- Transportation History
- Travel Psychological Aspects
- United States Geological Survey
- Underwater Exploration
- Urban Studies
- West (U.S.) Description and Travel
The David Rumsey Collection focuses on 18th and 19th century North and South American cartographic materials. It includes atlases, globes, school geographies, maritime charts, and a variety of maps including pocket, wall, children's, and manuscript maps. The online collection does not contain all of the collection's materials; it is an expanding cross section of images designed to highlight the depth and breadth of the collection.