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Periodical Databases

When you search Argos, you are searching both the online catalog and many, but not all, periodical databases that Ithaca College Library subscribes to. That can work well, especially as you begin a search, but for more specific subject databases can be more efficient, effective, and precise. 

Environmental Science and Medicine
BioMed Central
Google Scholar

Psychology and Related
SocINDEX with Full Text
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals , if you are researching environmental design

Business, Law, and Economics
LexisNexis Academic
ABI/INFORM Collection
Business Source Premier (Original Interface)

Opposing and Alternative Viewpoints

Special Resources
These reference sources will provide background information on many different social, political, and other current events topics and provide a voice to proponents of different perspectives.
  • 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.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Opposing Viewpoints in Context covers today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change. This database helps students research, analyze, and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.
  • Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues
    ProCon.org is an organization that promotes critical thinking and education without bias.
Think Tanks and Advocacy Groups 
Advocacy groups are organizations that raise money and campaign for a cause. Think Tanks are advocacy groups that are research oriented. They issue policy papers concerning many topics. Rival research institutes can produce contradictory conclusions, and in general you can find a variety of perspectives. Some think tanks that provide free online access to their reports and findings that may be related to environmental issues include the following.  Do your homework and investigate the political leanings of the institutes. For access to many more think tanks and advocacy groups, try these resources.
  • Think Tank Search, from the Harvard Kennedy School, uses Google to run keyword searches of hundreds of think tank websites.
  • American Policy Directory, from the University of Oregon Libraries, groups organizations by topic.
  • To go directly to a long list of policy papers about a particular subject, search a topic in Google, but add the phrase in quotes: "policy brief."
Popular periodicals
The health of the planet and other environmental topics have become so politicized that magazines covering current events from a polical perspective are quite to cover the topic on a near weekly basis. A few such magazines can be found in the Popular Periodicals section on the main floor of the library. Many more will be included in one of the periodical databases that include coverage of popular periodicals
Academic Search Premier
ProQuest Research Library
Alternative Press Index

After you have found an article or editorial, your job will be to critically examine it for bias and political orientation. Many people list political magazines by their orientation, but they don't all agree, so your job 

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Government Information

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) The US EPA provides information on major environmental topics, including laws and regulations
  • U.S. Energy Information Administration Source for energy statistics
  • Exposure Research Reports on research into the extent and nature of exposure of humans and ecosystems to environmental pollutants and other stressors. Includes links to databases of research publications as well as data on exposure itself.
  • Superfund Information on individual hazardous waste sites as well as the problem of hazardous waste in general.
  • National Council for Science and the Environment: CRS Reports:
    The NCSE collects the CRS (Congressional Research Service) reports on environmental topics. Take advantage of the “Browse Topics” links.
  • FedStats: the US government website that provides finding tools and access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government.

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