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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Green Building & Infrastructure

Finding Books

Use the Five Colleges Library Catalog and select the UMass link. Be as specific as possible in your searching. Start with a subject search (use keywords if subjects yield no results). Try broad categories, browsing the sub-topics. Try the Advanced Search option and limit by date,language, format or with additional words.

If UMass doesn't have the book(s) you need, try the other Four Colleges.

If the book is not available in the Five College Library System, you may order it through InterLibrary Loan.

TIP: Use WorldCat and Other Library Catalogs when UMass and Five College system are not sufficient.

Subject Encyclopedias

Subject Headings for Finding Books

The Library of Congress (LC) subject heading for "green buildings" is "Sustainable buildings." If you do a SUBJECT BEGINS WITH search in the Five Colleges catalog, you will find, among others, subject headings like

Sustainable buildings--

Sustainable buildings--Case studies

Sustainable buildings--Congresses

Sustainable buildings--Databases

Sustainable buildings--Design and construction

Sustainable buildings--Evaluation

Sustainable buildings--Government policy--United States

Sustainable buildings---Materials

Sustainable buildings---Performance

Sustainable buildings---Standards

Sustainable buildings--Terminology

You will also find allied subject headings such as: Sustainable construction, Sustainable architecture, Sustainable design, etc. There is also a host of subject headings like Architecture--Environmental aspects, Solar buildings, Ecological houses, Building materials--Environmental aspects, House construction--Environmental aspects, etc.


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