It'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.
Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops.
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:
This guide was originally developed by retired librarian Kathy Amen.
The Blume Library website offers research guides and compilations of resources like databases that can save your research time. Here are some selected resources:
Here's a listing of recent science acquisitions in the Blume Library: