ICSM Global Warming: It's a Hot Topic

Periodical Databases

Academic Search Premier and ProQuest Research Library
Multi-disciplinary databases that include coverage of both peer-reviewed journals and popular magazines. Should be especially useful for current events and global warming topics with political and social aspects.

Covering more than just science, this full-text collection of articles from the publisher Elsevier includes subjects extend to business and finance, technology, environmental studies, psychology, education, and communication. 

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.

Biological Abstracts
The premier periodical database for biology, so for topics involving any plants or animals or biochemistry, this database should be explored.

Business Source Premier (Original Interface)
Try this database for topics related to consumerism and other business and economic aspects of global warming.

Provides access to academic journals and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Excellent for a historical perspective; not so good for topics where current coverage is necessary.

Online Science Journals

There are hundreds of scientific journals available through the Ithaca College Library, but those listed here are especially comprehensive in their coverage.

Scientific American
Articles on science, technology, and related research. Articles are written for the public – including first year college students without a vast scientific background.

Science Magazine Online, aka Science Online, the official journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Access back to 1997 is available through this site; see JSTOR for older issues.

Access to the weekly journal Nature from 1869 to the present. Nature contains original research, science news, review articles, job postings, and book reviews. Links to several other journals from Nature Publishing Group.

PLoS ONE: Public Library of Science
An international, peer-reviewed, open-access online publication for all scientific disciplines. Associated scientific content available at this site include PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLoS Pathogens, and PLoS Computational Biology. 

Background and Opinion

These guides offer background information and reports concerning current events, including some pro and con viewpoints.  Concerning global warming, political and social issues are featured as much as scientific and environmental aspects.
  • CQ Researcher
    Comprehensive reporting and analysis on current issues in the news. Each report includes an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.    A recent CQ report:Climate Change: will world leaders curb Climate Change?.  
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context, providing articles, podcasts, maps, statistics, images, and other resources. Global warming and other climate-related issues have appeared often.
  • Public Agenda : Check out its Understanding the Issues guide


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.

National Newspaper Index
National Newspaper Index provides quick access to the indexing of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis)
Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790.

Country Information

CIA World Fact Book
Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 countries. Includes: maps of the major world regions, flags, a physical map and political map of the world.

Country Profiles
(BBC) Guides to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives

Economist Country Reports 
The reports include recent news articles, country profiles, forecasts, fact sheets, and economic data.

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)
Documents from various nations on their efforts to reduce emissions. Note: all EU member states are included in a single report.

International Energy Agency
Test The IEA provides in-depth reviews of the energy policies of its 29 member states. The reports include a description of the policy and future plans of each state, and makes recommendations for a more sustainable energy future.

Library of Congress Country Studies
Produced by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress, the studies are a historical, social, cultural, economic, and political analysis of 101 world countries.

A massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease

World Bank 
Background information and up to date reports on all countries in the world.

Web Sites

Union of Concerned Scientists: Global Warming
Sponsored by the Union of Concened Scientists ( UCS) , this is an excellent source on global warming providing definitions, causes, impacts and hope of the future. Also global warming FAQ's.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)
One of three treaties adopted at the 1992 "Rio" Earth Summit. This convention was later strengthened by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Initially framed in 1997, it called for individual, legally-binding targets to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Protracted negotiations delayed ratification; entered into force Feb. 2005. The U.S. has not signed.

Climate Change | U.S. EPA
EIA - Energy Emissions Data & Environmental Analysis of Energy Data
Energy-related emissions data and environmental analysis, voluntary reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, annual forecasts.


EIA - Energy Emissions Data & Environmental Analysis of Energy Data
Energy-related emissions data and environmental analysis, voluntary reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, annual forecasts

Globalchange.gov - U.S. Global Change Data and Information System (GCDIS)

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Search Argos

President Obama's Climate Action Plan

In June 25, 2013 President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan (PDF).
The White House website has provided an infographic related to the President's executive actions.
The President's Memorandum (June 25, 2013) for the Administrator of the E.P.A. to establish standards for carbon pollution from power plants can be located in the Federal Register.


Annotated Bibliographies

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