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Encyclopedias & Other Reference Sources
Canada and Arctic North America : An Environmental History Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Covers the environmental history of northern North America and reveals the complex encounters of people, technology, culture, and ecology that shaped Canada and Alaska.

South Asia : an enviromental history Restricted Access Some full text available
A chronological study of South Asia that emphasizes the effect of humans on their environment, and in return the influence of nature on the evolution of human society.

Southeast Asia: an Environmental History Restricted Access Some full text available
2006 ed. Information and analysis on the environmental forces that have helped shape the cultures of Southeast Asia.

Sub-Saharan Africa: An Environmental History Restricted Access Some full text available
2006 ed. Information and analysis on the environmental forces that have helped shaped the cultures of the African continent.

Early American Nature Writers: A Biographical Encyclopedia Restricted Access Some full text available
Discusses the lives and works of 52 early American nature writers.

Renewable and Alternative Energy Resources: A Reference Handbook Restricted Access Some full text available
2008 ed. An overview of renewable and alternative energy technologies and policies in the United States and around the world.

Dictionary of Environment and Conservation Restricted Access Some full text available
2008 ed.  This dictionary offers short definitions for a very wide range of imporant terms in the fields of environmental studies and conservation.  It covers social and natural science concepts.
ProQuest Environmental Science Collection Restricted Access Some full text available
1960 - current. This multidisciplinary database provides comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences. Abstracts and citations are drawn from over 10,000 serials including scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications.

Academic Search Premier Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1975-present (with selected older titles). A multi-disciplinary database with significant full-text. Covers information in nearly every area of academic study. Indexes 4,600 journals (of which 3,900 are peer-reviewed)

GreenFILE Restricted Access Some full text available
Offers well-researched but accessible information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles include content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done on each level to minimize negative impact. Topics covered include global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

PAIS International Restricted Access
Coverage: 1915-present. Covers all aspects of public affairs including political science, sociology, health, etc. with an international view. Coverage includes foreign language materials and some U.S. congressional documents. Includes references previously contained in the PAIS Archive.

Web of Science Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1989-present. Access to Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, and/or Arts & Humantities Citation Index. This resource has broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholary articles.  A feature which is somewhat unique to this resource is citation searching.  Using an important historic reference - one can see the more recent articles which cited the key reference.
Environmental News Sources
Environmental News Network
News and press release aggregation site with very good, broad coverage.  It provides an option of subscribing to a daily email update of environmental news.

Grist - Environmental News, Commentary, Advice
More original reporting and commentary, often with a humorous tone.  It also provides an option of subscribing to a daily email update.

New York Times Environmental News
Major US paper's coverage of environmental issues and also a number of environmental blogs.

Guardian Environmental News, Comment, and Analysis
Major British paper's coverage of environmental issues and also a number of environmental blogs.  The Guardian is the home of George Monbiot, one of the world's most well know environmental columnists.

BBC Science and Environment News
Based in the UK, the BBC World Service is arguably the best global English language news organization.

CNN International
Far superior to the US version.

Library's News Resource Page
Here you can find a very wide range of contemporary and historical news sources.
EJView Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images
This is an interactive environmental justice mapping tool developed by the EPA.  It brings together data from wide variety of sources (EPA, US Census, USGS, Bing maps, etc.) that can be displayed geographically a tremendous range of scales from the very local to the national level.  The resulting maps can be printed out and/or cut and pasted as images into other documents.

Library's Map Resource Page
US Government Sources searches over 55 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 13 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.

Environmental Protection Agency
The primary federal agency responsible for environmental policy.

Energy Information Administration Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Official energy statistics from the U.S. Government.

Health & Environmental Research Online (HERO) Unrestricted Access
HERO contains the key studies EPA uses to develop environmental risk assessments for the public. EPA uses risk assessments to characterize the nature and magnitude of health risks to humans and the ecosystem from pollutants and chemicals in the environment.

Department of Energy
This department of the federal government is responsible for promoting energy development and efficiency, as well as regulating the use and extraction of energy resources.

DOE Green Energy Unrestricted Access
DOE Green Energy is a portal to information about various forms of green energy, including solar, wind, bioenergy, and others. This free search of green energy DOE technical report literature, green energy patent information, and much more is provided by the U.S. The database indexes results from thousands of DOE-sponsored research and development projects.

Energy Citations Database Unrestricted Access
Coverage: 1943-present. The Energy Citations Database (ECD) provides free access to over 2.6 million science research citations with continued growth through regular updates. There are over 221,000 electronic documents, primarily from 1943 forward, available via the database. Citations and documents are made publicly available by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

DOE Information Bridge Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. Provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature.

National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) Unrestricted Access Some full text available
NSCEP distributes EPAs publications to the public.  NSCEP contains EPA publications, with more than 7,000 hardcopy titles in stock and more than 35,000 digital titles. The searches look at a full text index of the electronic documents and an index of the metadata records for both the hardcopy and digital titles.

Library's Government Information Page
This will guide you to additional links to resources of the federal government, as well as state and international resources.
Data and Statistics
World Bank Data Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to development, the World Bank Group provides free access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe--some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data is available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English.

Earth Trends Unrestricted Access
EarthTrends is a comprehensive online database, maintained by the World Resources Institute, that focuses on the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world. The website includes a searchable database on varying topics related to the previously mentioned trends

ECOTOX Database Unrestricted Access
The ECOTOXicology database (ECOTOX) is a source for locating single chemical toxicity data for aquatic life, terrestrial plants and wildlife. ECOTOX was created and is maintained by the U.S.EPA, Office of Research and Development (ORD) , and the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory\'s (NHEERL\'s) Mid-Continent Ecology Division (MED). ECOTOX integrates three previously independent databases - AQUIRE, PHYTOTOX, and TERRETOX - into a unique system which includes toxicity data derived predominately from the peer-reviewed literature, for aquatic life, terrestrial plants, and terrestrial wildlife, respectively.

Household Products Database Unrestricted Access
This database links over 7,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.

National Geophysical Data Center Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
NGDC provides scientific stewardship, products, and services for geophysical data from the Sun to the Earth and Earth`s sea floor and solid earth environment, including Earth observations from space.

Touch Natural Hazards Unrestricted Access Some full text available
This is a free resource from the German reinsurance company, Munich Re.  It's main feature is the NatCatSERVICE natural catastrophe database, which is available after a free registration process.

UNdata Unrestricted Access Some full text available
UNdata is the United Nations Data Access System which provides access to current, relevant and reliable statistics. Some data goes back 60 years. The domains covered are agriculture, education, energy, industry, labour, national accounts, population and tourism. You can also find indicators such as Millennium Development Goals.  UNdata also has links to a very large number of national data and statistics organizations and agencies.

Library's Data and Statistics Information Page
With link to US and international statistics and data.

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