ENVS 12100 - Introduction to Environmental Science and Technology

Best Bets

While you may find useful resources in many different databases (or in Argos), here are some databases that you might want to start in:

ScienceDirect
ScienceDirect contains resources from many different fields of science, including environmental science and biology. Most artices in Science Direct are available online.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar is a great resource, and if you use this link (or access it through the library's "Databases" page) you'll have access to all of the library's resources. You'll get a ton of results through google scholar! Also, remember to use the "cited by" link to find other relevant articles.

GreenFILE
GreenFILE has interdisciplinary resources on environmental issues. Pay attention to subject headings - they can help you find great results! 

Biological Abstracts
Biological abstracts contains abstracts and information about research in biology. Note that some articles may not have full-text available online.

Search Tips

    If you take a few minutes to plan your search strategy before you start looking for resources, you can save a lot of time. First, break your topic into components. For example, a topic like "The impact of road salt runoff on plant growth" has a few parts: road salt, runoff, and plant growth. You might be tempted to make those your search terms, but instead take a minute to brainstorm synonyms and related concepts. If you're searching for road salt, but the author uses the term "deicing salt", you'll never find what you're looking for. Thinking of related concepts can also be useful - so for "road salt", you might come up with "sodium" or "salinity" as related ideas. For example:

If you have a list of terms, you can try each of them and see what works best.
    You also might want to try keeping a search log - that is, a list of searches you've tried, when you tried them, which database you searched, and how many results you got. It can save time in the future and will show you which terms are the most effective. Here's an example:

Using Zotero

Zotero can help you collect your research, organize it, and create citations and bibliographies. It's a really great resource, but it can be tricky to get working correctly. Zotero maintains great documentation that should help with most problems. You can also contact me (Abby Juda) for help anytime. We also have a subject guide on Zotero.
Below are some common problems and their solutions. 
  • I don't see the option to save something to Zotero in my browser: First, make sure you're using the same browser that you downloaded a connector for. Then, run any search on the library's website to make sure it's working (you should see a folder icon after running a search). If you don't see the folder, re-install the connector. If you do see a folder and still don't see an option to save the item you were looking at, it may be that zotero can't detect it. You can enter the information manually to Zotero, or use "Add item by identifier" if you see a DOI, PMID, or ISBN. 
  • Things aren't showing up in my Zotero: if you've clicked the Zotero button in your browser and things still aren't showing up in Zotero, try registering and logging in to the Zotero client. Go to the gear icon, select "Preferences", and go to "Sync". Enter your Zotero account information. That should solve the problem. 
  • I can't find the Zotero icons in Word: First, try restarting Word. Zotero shows up in different places in different versions, so once you've restarted you may see it in it's own "Zotero" tab, in the "Add-ins" tab, or in the "References" tab. If that still doesn't work, go to the gear icon in Zotero, and select "Preferences". Open the "Cite" tab, then select the "Word Processors" tab. Click "Reinstall Microsoft Word Add-in" and make sure the "Use Classic Add Citation" box is checked.  

Contact Us

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Abby Juda

Natural Sciences Librarian
(607) 274-3889

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Zotero Icon Key

In some versions of Word, the Zotero icons don't have descriptions. Here's a list of what they do: