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INQ 300 Revitalizing Main Street: Home

Databases for INQ 300

Welcome to Fintel Library's Guide to Main Street


The tabs at the top of the page break our resources down into some general areas.

The concept of “Main Street” has been the centerpiece of community identity for American cities and small towns since the late 1800s. It evolved beyond a central address into a cultural touchstone that reflects a place’s history, memory, aesthetics, economy, politics, aspirations, and values.


Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries and other materials you use to "refer" to. Use these resources for background information on a topic.

Sources from CredoReference

  • Encyclopedia of American Studies - The Encyclopedia of American Studies brings together a wide range of disciplines related to the history and cultures of the United States, from pre-colonial days to the present. It features broad, synthetic articles covering areas such as history, literature, art, photography, film, architecture, urban studies, ethnicity, race, gender, economics, politics, wars, consumer culture, and global America.
  • Encyclopedia of Urban America - details selected major cities, suburbs, people, places, concepts, contemporary issues, history, and development of urban America. Topics range from problems typically associated with urban life such as crime, pollution, and congestion to the arts and humanities, social concerns, religion, infrastructure, key individuals, and economic issues.
  • Poverty and the Government in America: A Historical Encyclopedia - The most comprehensive encyclopedia available on the U.S. government's responses to poverty from the colonial era to the present day.


Resources from Oxford Reference 

  • A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation - contains over 8,500 entries on all aspects of environmental science and conservation.
  • A Dictionary of Geography - includes coverage of cartography, surveying, meteorology, climatology, ecology, population, industry, and development, as well as up-to-date treatment of fast-changing topics such as plate tectonics, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and aerial differentiation.

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