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FIND AN ARTICLE: SEARCH THE LIBRARY’S DATABASES

These databases are either tailored to your subject or they provide coverage over a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Before you start, you might take a look at some tips on searching databases.

  • Academic Search Premier: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,600 journals, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles
  • Issues and Controversies: Covers current social topics that inspire debate, such as global warming, and offers information on both sides of the argument
  • Points of View: Offers overviews on a variety of current events and sets of opposing viewpoints on controversial subjects
  • Agricola: Access to information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library with records that range from 1970 to the present
  • Environmental Studies and Policy Collection:  More than 700 journals and reference sources covering environmental issues such as global warming, alternative energy, going green, recycling and more

FIND A BOOK: ONLINE OR IN THE LIBRARY

If you can't go the library's stacks, check out our collection of online reference books:

If you can visit the library, it's easy to browse our collection because we organize books by their subject:

Organizing Books By Subject
SUBJECT CALL NUMBER HEADING
Environmental science GE
Human ecology GF
Physics. Global warming QC
Chemistry QD
Geology QE
Natural history (biology) QH
Botany QK
Zoology QL

You also might try these reference books:

  • Conservation and Environmentalism: Contains more than 500 articles on topics related to environmental studies and includes lists for further reading and an index Ref GE 10 .C68 1995
  • Oxford Companion to the Earth: Provides more than 800 encyclopedic entries along with illustrations, appendices, and an index Ref QE 5 .O94 2000
  • Atlas of Oregon Wildlife: Covers more than 600 species found in Oregon and includes reference and species maps, a glossary, and an index Ref QL 201 .A84 2001
  • Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia: A set of two volumes providing information on scientific terms and concepts Ref Q 121 .V3 2002
  • Science Dictionary: Offers concise definitions of terms used in a wide range of sciences Ref Q 123 .A5178 2005
  • Grizimer’s Animal Life Encyclopedia: A 17-volume set of descriptions of a wide variety of animals, organized by species and an index Ref QL 7 .G7813 2004
  • Oxford Dictionary of Biology: Explains key concepts and terms used in biology in concise entries Ref QH 13 .D53 2004
  • Oxford Dictionary of Zoology: Provides brief information on central concepts and terms used in zoology Ref QL 9 .C66 2003

FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY

Although these websites are likely to be accurate, you should still evaluate information found on the Internet.

  • Earth Trends: Provides information on research topics, information guides, news reports, maps and data tables and is maintained by the World Resources Institute
  • Pew Environment Group:  Provides news reports and coverage on issues related to the environment, organized topics, and includes “green” editorials, fact sheets, and special reports
  • Center for International Earth Science Information Network: Categorizes data on environmental science, GIS, and geology by subject and provides information on projects as well as links to environmental agencies
  • The Right-to-Know Network: Provides searchable data on the environmental effects of specific organizations and factories on their communities and is maintained by a division of OMB Watch
  • Environmental Protection Agency: Contains governmental data on the environment, including overviews of major topics, links to laws and regulations, and news releases
  • Environmental News Network: Offers updated news about the environment from around the world and includes specialized news channels on environmental topics
  • EnviroLink: Provides links to information on the environment, categorized by subject, and presents news headlines and an interactive local harvest map
  • Pollution Scorecard: Offers information on pollutants in communities by providing forms to query about locations or chemicals and is sponsored by Green Media Toolshed
  • The National Environmental Scorecard: Records the voting history of politicians on environmental topics and is hosted by the League of Conservation Voters

FIND A PRINT JOURNAL: READ THE LATEST ISSUES

The library subscribes to magazines and journals that are related to your field. Head up to Tioga 2 and browse through some of these journals:

  • Mother Earth News 
  • Science 
  • Nature 
  • Audubon

CITATION GUIDES: CREATE A BIBLIOGRAPHY

Whether you use websites, electronic journals, reference books, or print resources, you will need a bibliography. Here’s some information on how to cite your sources:

  • Avoid inadvertent plagiarism: [PDF] It’s possible to copy from a source and not even know that you’ve done anything wrong.
  • KnightCite: This great site formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
  • Guide to the MLA style: [PDF] The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
  • Guide for the APA style: [PDF] The APA-style is generally used for papers written in the social sciences, especially psychology.

FIND MORE HELP: USE COLLEGE RESOURCES

Don’t hesitate to talk to a librarian, a tutor, or your instructor when conducting research. Make the most of these resources!


Published Jul 16, 2009 (Updated Feb 3, 2014)


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