Resources by Subject Environmental Sciences

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)
Film, Video, and Image Collections
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources
Class Resource Page for FYEC 169-170

Reference Sources (Background)

Credo Reference (full text; current)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online -Science and Technology(full text; current)
Search dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Science
REF GE 10 .M66 2000
Short articles with terms, charts and sources

Encyclopedia of Water
REF GB 655 .N38 2003
Water from the viewpoints of physics, chemistry, biology and human communities.

Environment A to Z
REF GE 10 .H67 2001
Short articles on environmental issues

Locating Books

These are some of the call number areas for books in this area:

GE Environmental Sciences
GB Physical Geography
GC Oceanography
GF Human Ecology
K 3581-K 3598 Environmental Law
QC 851-QC 099 Climatology, Meterology
QE Geology and Earth Sciences
QH Life Sciences (endangered species, rain forests, etc.)
S Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture
TD Environmental Technology and Sanitation Engineering (recycling, waste treatment, etc.)

Since the Environmental Sciences are interdisciplinary in nature and depending on your topic, other subject areas such as Political Science (Public Policy), Law, Chemistry, etc., may also help.

For a more detailed breakdown of call number areas, see the Library of Congress classification schedule.

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)

Environmental Science and Pollution Management (1967 to present; abstracts)

Environment Complete (some full text; 1940s to present)
Multidisciplinary; covers publications in all subject disciplines int he sciences and social sciences related to environmental studies.

GreenFILE (most 1980s-present,some titles back to 1913; citations)
Index to scolarly and general interest periodicals, government documents and reports on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment

AGRICOLA (citations; dates vary)
This catalog of the National Agriculture Library includes citations to journal and book literature in agriculture, farming and related fields.

BioOne (most 2000 to present; full text)
A collection of over 80 electronic journals from scholarly associations and societies in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences.

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

ScienceDirect Health and Life Sciences College Edition (full text; most 1995 to present)
Over 1100 scholarly journals in the health and life sciences published by Elsevier. Please note: our access is only to the items with the green square or green key next to them.

Online Geographical Bibliography (GEOBIB) (1985 to present; citations)
Online version of Current Geographical Publications, an index of journal articles, books, and other materials in all areas of geography and related fields including environmental, political and economic geography.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

LexisNexis Academic (full text; dates vary, most 1980 to present)
Includes international, national, and regional newspapers, newswires, transcripts of news programs, and business and legal information.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Film, Video, and Image Collections

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of historical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. In addition to images of  paintings, drawings, sculpture, and the decorative arts, the collection includes cultural and religious objects, cartoons, fashion and costume illustrations, covers from printed music, pages from illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, natural history illustrations, early anatomical and medical drawings, and many other types of images.-


American Rivers
Non-profit founded in 1973.

Image, video and soundclips database of animal and plant species threatened with extinction, from the British Wildscreen

Chesapeake Bay Program
Regional partnership founded in 1983.

CIESIN World Data Center
Data and statistics on human interaction with the environment. See also the SEDAC (Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center) site, of which this is a part.

EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal
World Resources Institute, sponsored by The World Bank

Environmental Protection Agency
United States agency founded in 1970

National Environmental Publications Information System (EPA)
Searchable archive of EPA publications.

Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (College of William and Mary)

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Scientific Style and Format
Ref QH304 .S3 1994
By the Council of Biology Editors (CBE). A new edition of this book is expected in June 2006 from the Council of Science Editors (formerly the CBE). For citing online sources, see Citing the Internet: Formats for Bibliographic Citation (CSE)

Guides to the major citation styles are available at the Reference Desk.

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

Citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles (R-MC)

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
Includes information and examples for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles. Be sure to double-check the result for accuracy!


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