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Finding a good bibliography puts you a step ahead in the research game; somebody else has already done a lot of work on your behalf. There's a lot of information out there and hopefully the following resources will help narrow the search for the information you need.
Forestry Library, College of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota
First published in 1984 as University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station Miscellaneous Publication No. 26 and updated in 1992 and in 1996, it is now available on a website. The Forestry Library updates it as often as new publications come in. This bibliography brings together literature that will enable trail planners, managers, and users to benefit from what others have learned through research and experience. The database is set up to be "word" searched or browsed by topic. All publications cited are in the collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries and are available by standard interlibrary loan through your nearest library.
Special Collections Department, North Carolina State University, Box 7111, Raleigh, NC 27695 -- (919) 515-2273
The Greenways Archive is in the process of collecting publications pertaining to recreational and environmental green spaces, rails-to-trails, open space parks, and landscape design. The core of their current publications were donated by Charles Little in 1991 after publication of his book Greenways for America.
US Department of Transportation (202) 554-3564 (orders)
Contains "whole text" documents related to bicycle and pedestrian issues.
International Mountain Bicycling Association, PO Box 7578, Boulder, CO 80306 -- (303) 545-9011
Cataloged full-text articles about mountain bicycle organizing, advocacy, management, and research.
for The President’s Commission On Americans Outdoors
This review concentrates on trail research in natural resource settings, not in urban and highly developed recreation settings. It reviews research literature and not the popular literature about trails that has appeared in magazines and newspapers.
Daniel D. McLean, Department of Recreation & Park Administration, HPER 133, Bloomington, IN 47405 -- (812) 855-8037
The Society of Park and Recreation Educators (SPRE) presents this home page as a starting point for finding and retrieving presentations from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) annual national Congress.
John Marsh, Trail Studies Unit, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8 -- (705) 748-1419 -- (705) 748-1801 fax
The Trail Studies Unit has a resource centre comprising over 1500 references on trails. These include trail plans, design manuals, user studies, impact studies, guidebooks, interpretive brochures, and trail magazines. The catalogue is computerized allowing the selection of references by subject, author and location, and the production of bibliographies. On-line access to the catalogue is planned. The centre also includes a slide and video collection relating to trails. The resource centre is expanding constantly, so contributions of trail publications are welcome. The centre is located in the Environmental Sciences Building, Trent University. It is staffed and is open for use Tuesday to Thursday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Additional resources are available in the libraries of Trent University and Fleming College, Lindsay.
Go for Green, PO Box 450-Stn A, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 -- (613) 562-5313 -- (613) 613-5314
Go for Green offers a list of reports, manuals, books, videos, and web sites relating to Canadian only trail development. A brief description and source is given for most items. The Bibliography is alphabetical, by author, and categorized under several areas: legislation, maps and locations of Canadian trails, benefits of trail development, trail construction and design, and feasibility and management of trail.
The Forest Service has a long tradition of trails research and training. Their trail publications are very useful for the trail planner. This site is kept updated with their latest publications.
Digital Librarian is maintained by Margaret Vail Anderson, a librarian at the Cortland Free Library in upstate New York. Is is a Yahoo-style directory of over 70 subjects. Each one links to the best sites related to that subject.
The reference center allows browsing by specific section (reference, education, arts & humanities, science & technology, health & medical sciences, law, government & political science, computer & internet, business & economics, and social sciences), or by searching the entire collection.
Visit the nation's library, the world's largest repository of knowledge.
OCLC is a nonprofit computer service and research organization whose network and services link more than 23,000 libraries in the US and 63 countries. You can link to their member libraries from their site.
RLG is a not-for-profit alliance of more than 155 members, including universities and colleges, national libraries, archives, historical societies, museums and independent research collections, and public libraries. RLG is devoted to the mission of improving access to information that supports research and learning.
Yahoo provides links to public libraries and reference searches.
An Internet service for buying and selling out-of-print, used, rare, and antiquarian books. You can search or browse for publications by author, title, publisher, or keyword. ABE catalogs books from member bookstores from around the country.
The world's oldest and largest database of out-of-print, rare, and antiquarian books.
You can search Amazon.com's 2.5 million-plus-title catalog of new books. They provide searching by author, title, and subject or by keyword. You can also browse their bookshelves by favorites for reviews.
Search over a million used, new, hard to find, and out of print books.