ENVS 32300 Research Design Workshop for Environmental Sciences

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CQ Researcher

Two specific reports from CQ Researcher on Fisheries.  

Agricola is the catalog for the National Agricultural Library.  The article search can be used to find citations for resources in agricultural literature and allied disciplines, 1970- present.  Includes material relevant to landscape architecture, agricultural economics, animal science, food science, forestry, horticulture, natural resources, plant ecology, and plant pathology.

An index drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. GreenFILE provides a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. Nearly 300,000 records (full text for selected titles) from scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.

Toxnet Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

Full-text scientific, technological, medical journals; subjects covered include biology, biochemistry, business management and accounting, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, neuroscience, nursing, physics, psychology, education, and communication. Includes access to selected full-text reference books. Indexing/Abstracts to additional titles.

Citations to biomedical articles from MEDLINE and additional life science journals back to the 1950s; incl. links to sites with full-text articles and other related resources. Help with searching PubMed is available here.

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) databases: CAPlus, CARegistry, CAREACTS, CHEMCATS, and CHEMLISTS. Individual user registration required. Search by author name, research topic, substance identifier, chemical structure/substructure, or chemical reaction.  See CAS's tutorials on substance and reaction searching.
You will need to register use SciFinder database. Click on this link to SciFinder from the library database web page for databases beginning with S.  click on the 'i' icon on the left for more information.


Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

The Kew Plant glossary:an illustrated dictionary of plant terms  Ref. QK9 .B44 2010 

Beacham's guide to the endangered Species of North America  Ref.  QH77.N56 B43 2001   

Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability.  GE140 .B47 2010

Grzimek's AnimalLlife Encyclopedia  Ref. QL7 .G7813 2003   

Encyclopedia of Earth (National Council for Science and the Environment) 

Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather Ref. QC854 .E523 1996  

Encyclopedia of Global Warming & Climate Change   Ref. QC 981.8 G56 E47 2012 

Encycloepdia of Energy 

Encycloepdia of Inland Waters- via ScienceDirect.
Click on ScienceDirect.  Log in with your Username and Netpassword. Click on Reference.

Lange's Handbook of chemistry  Ref. TP151 .H25 1992  

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology Ref. Q121 .M3 2007 

Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia  Ref. Q121 .V3 2008 


Data Sources

United Nations Environment Programme GeoData Portal
The Environmental Data Explorer is the authoritative source for data sets used by UNEP and its partners in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report and other integrated environment assessments. Its online database holds more than 500 different variables, as national, subregional, regional and global statistics or as geospatial data sets (maps), covering themes like Freshwater, Population, Forests, Emissions, Climate, Disasters, Health and GDP. Display them on-the-fly as maps, graphs, data tables or download the data in different formats

National Atlas of the Unted States -- Environment

Earth Trends Environmental Infomation

U.S. Energy Information  Administration

Envirofacts Data Warehouse-  Provides a sampling of environmental information for specific areas, which can be designated by zip code, city, county, or place name

National Environmental Data Index

National Water Quality Assessment Program

ScoreCard   The pollution Infomration site is sponsored by GoodGuide, the world's largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of consumer products

The Right-to-Know Network  Network, helping advocates push for improved access to government-held information on the environment, health, and safety.

Toxic Release Inventory Search  The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is a database that contains detailed information on nearly 650 chemicals and chemical categories that over 23,000 industrial and other facilities manage through disposal or other releases, recycling, energy recovery, or treatment. The data are collected from industries including manufacturing, metal and coal mining, electric utilities, commercial hazardous waste treatment, and other industrial sectors.

U.S. Government Documents Ready Reference: the Environment

Water Resources
The US Enivronmental Protection Agency has compiled and published an online database of Enforcement and Compliance History for drinking water in the United States. Search by location, system characteristics, or compliance information


Newspaper Source
Provides access to both national and international newspapers, and contains abstracts and indexing from the following papers (cover to cover): the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. Abstracting and indexing for all titles and full text for the Christian Science Monitor begins 1/1/95. Coverage includes everything except obituaries (exclusive of famous people), sports tables, ads/classifieds, stock prices, and weather. Additional data provided by Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News: full text articles from 105 contributor newspapers. Additional data also provided by Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service: full text articles from 40 contributor newspapers. Total coverage includes over 500,000 articles.

LexisNexis Academic
Full-text access to continuously updated news, law, and business information. Highlights: News: newswires, transcripts, regional, national/international news, & Gallup Polls; Legal: law review articles, federal case law, and federal/state codes; Business: company profiles, country profiles, and SEC filings; People: directories from the entertainment industry, elected officials, executives, politicians, and obituaries.  Also has a section that includes full-text of several health newsletters and abstracts of articles in major medical journals.

Try to search directly in the Envionmental Studies  (section of LexisNexis) 

For articles on various topics on sustainability on college or campus universites search directly in College and University News( section of Lexis/ Nexis)

ABC News

Cable News Network (CNN)
Network site

CBS News
Network site