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Environmental Science Resources: Home

description of library and internet resources useful for research in environmental topics

Getting Started

checkIt's important to have a good broad understanding of your topic before you start looking for specific information. The sources in the boxes below can give you an overview of your subject and help you refine your research strategy and find useful terms to use in searches.

Doing research in any field will always reveal unexpected complexities and facets of the topic at hand. Environmental issues are particularly complex and interdisciplinary. Get a head start on the complications that will come up by using the library resources in this guide.

Doing Research on Environmental Issues

grainThis LibGuide is a one-stop shop for doing research on Environmental Issues, particularly for students in ES 3100.

On this "Home" tab, you'll find suggested starting points for getting a background understanding of your topic, links to other guides, links to environmental organizations, and library contact information.

If you are unfamiliar with the Blume Library and how to find books and articles in the Library and through our subscription databases, check out the "Library Basics" tabs. 

The "Local Information" tab gives some tips for the sometimes challenging task of finding information on local environmental issues. And the "Governments" tab gives more detailed guidance in using government-provided information resources.

bugThe "Evaluate" and "Cite" tabs give general information to help you decide what sources are best to use for your research, and how to cite and credit them in papers.

In the course of your research, if you have any questions or run into problems, please don't hesitate to contact me via my contact information on the right. General library contact information and links to hours are in the box below.

Also, if you come across sources in your research that are not included in this LibGuide, but that you think would be valuable to other students doing research in this area, please let me know and I can add them.

Environmental Organizations

Many organizations collect and compile environmental information, and some even conduct their own research. When using organizational websites for research, be sure to be aware of potential sources of bias or agendas that they might be pushing. Look at the "Evaluate" tab in this LibGuide for tips on how to be sure you're using good sources.

Here are some major organizations:

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Environmental Encyclopedias

Here are a few encyclopedias included in the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) collection:

Guides & compilations

The Blume Library website offers research guides and compilations of resources like databases that can save your research time. Here are some selected resources:

Database compilations:


This guide was originally developed by retired librarian Kathy Amen.

More starting points

Government agencies and other organizations also have good basic topic pages that can help form a strong foundation for your research. Here are some of them:

New Science Books

booksHere's a listing of recent science acquisitions in the Blume Library: