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How to use this guide
This guide contains suggested resources and how-to tutorials to guide you through your research in environmental studies. Click on the tabs above to find more information on the research process, databases to use for science-related journal articles, and a selection of print and electronic books relating to the environment.
Need to develop your idea?
If you are just starting your research, you may need to develop your topic further. Ask yourself:
- What do I already know?
- What do I need to know?
As you consider these questions, take a look at a few of our reference resources for general, background information about your topic. The information you find in these resources will help you determine what you need to know, what search terms or keywords to use, an what, exactly, it is that you hope to discover through your research.
Platform for electronic reference books. Titles are added as they are purchased.
Full-text online versions of hundreds of top quality reference books in all major subjects.
Find academic journal articles
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Comprehensive scholarly, multidisciplinary mostly full-text database. Its thousands of articles include many from peer-reviewed journals.
Covers all aspects of human impact to the environment including global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
PLOS (Public Library of Science) Collections
Aggregates interdisciplinary content from PLOS journals, focusing both on scientific topics as well as the topic of publishing itself
Full-text collection of journals in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology, and medicine.
Full-text journals for life and health sciences from 1995-present. Includes abstracts for other scientific information.
Abstracts-only research tool for CAS databases from many scientific disciplines, including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, and agricultural science. First time users need to register for a new account from an on-campus computer.
AGRICOLA - NAL Catalog
AGRICOLA, the National Agricultural Library catalog, contains citations for journal articles with abstracts, books, serials, reports, audiovisual materials, etc covering agriculture, animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences.
Indexes biomedical research from MEDLINE on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the healthcare system, and preclinical & life sciences. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine.