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Environmental Studies

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Getting Started
  1. To search for BACKGROUND information, use Credo Reference or Gale Virtual Reference Library .
  2. To search for BOOKS and DVDS owned by Sage, use the Libraries Catalog.
  3. To search for JOURNAL, MAGAZINE or NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, use Academic Search Elite , ProQuest Central , or Science Direct .
Find Journal Articles

The following databases are the most relevant for Environmental Studies topics:

Academic Search Elite Restricted Resource Some full text available
Provides full text for more than 2,100 journals, including more than 1,700 peer-reviewed titles. It covers a wide variety of topics including computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, history, and ethnic studies.

LexisNexis Academic Restricted Resource Some full text available
Replaced by Nexis Uni.

ProQuest Central Restricted Resource Some full text available
Comprehensive research database covering nearly every academic discipline.

ProQuest Science & Technology Restricted Resource Some full text available
A subset of 10 databases covering science & technology

Science Direct Restricted Resource Some full text available
A collection of scholarly journals covering science, technology, medicine, social sciences and humanities.

Scifinder Restricted Resource
A research discovery tool that allows you to explore the CAS databases containing literature from many scientific disciplines including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science and more! Please note: this database requires a special registration.


The following databases might also be useful depending on your topic:

Academic Onefile Restricted Resource Some full text available
A multi-disciplinary database containing thousands of journals and reference sources.

Dissertations & Theses: Full Text Restricted Resource
Comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day and offering full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997.

Health Reference Center Academic Restricted Resource Some full text available
Contains nursing and allied health journals, other medical journals, newsletters and consumer health magazines.


Locating Journal Articles

Many of these databases, provide full text coverage. You will often see links that you can click on to connect directly to an article. Look for "PDF Full Text," "HTML Full Text" or "Linked Full Text" somewhere on the page. Examples are below:

The Find Full Text symbol indicates that Sage may own the material, but it is housed in a different database or journal. Clicking this link will bring you to the article in full text, if owned by Sage.

If full text access is NOT available through the Sage databases, you may request the journal article via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).


If you have a citation for a specific journal or newspaper article, click here for instructions to learn how to locate the article using the "Journals A-Z" portal.

Find Books

Search the Sage Libraries Catalog for books, eBooks and DVDs:

There are several ways to search the catalog with keyword searching the most basic. A keyword search is the default search option in the Libraries catalog. Use the catalog's "Advanced Search" to search by author, title, call number, ISBN number or subject. You may also limit your search to a specific library (Albany or Troy).

RESEARCH TIP: Use a thesaurus to find synonyms to expand your keyword searches.

To find the book on the shelf, you will need to know the library (Albany or Troy), shelving location (Main, New Books, etc.) and call number. This information can be found on the item record (see example below). If you find a book in the catalog but it is on the opposite campus, storage or otherwise inaccesible, use the "Place Hold" function to request the book.


All eBooks owned by Sage can be found by searching the Libraries' catalog. You may also search these eBooks collections separately. eBooks may be downloaded to an eReader device. See here for downloading instructions.

Not finding what you need?

Try searching WorldCat, a catalog of books, media and journals in libraries around the world. You can use Sage's Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) to borrow books from other libraries.
Search for an item in libraries near you: >>
Browsing Environmental Studies Books
The Sage Libraries uses the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system to organize its book collection. Environmental Studies books can be found in the following sections:
G1-922 Geography (General)
GA1-1776 Mathematical geography. Cartography
GB3-5030 Physical Geography
GC1-1581 Oceanography
GE1-350 Environmental sciences
GE70-90 Environmental education
GE170-190 Environmental policy
GE195-199 Environmentalism. Green movement
GE300-350 Environmental management
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Keyword Search Tips
  1. Consider adding one of these terms to your search terms: biomass, chronic effects, habitat, energy recovery.
  2. Break down your topic into smaller concepts and identify synonyms for those concepts.
  3. Use "AND" to combine terms in your search, i.e. "deforestation and fosssil fuels "
  4. Use "OR" to expand your results, i.e. "oil shale or fracking"
  5. Use QUOTATION MARKS to delineate a group of words as a phrase, i.e. "Clean Air Act"

For more search tips, see one of these tutorials:

Citing Sources
General Online Guides (all of these guides can help you cite Environmental Studies assignments)

Purdue Online Writing Lab
W.W. Norton's "Write Site" (Little Seagull Handbook publisher)

Copies of the major style manuals can be found at the Information Desk in either Library.
Evaluating Websites
There are numerous websites and blogs available on the internet but some may not be accurate, creditable or useful for Environmental Studies. Therefore, you should always carefully evaluate a source - no matter how reliable it seems to be - before using it for your research. Use a TRAP to evaluate materials for quality.

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Useful Websites
General Resources  
Center for International Earth Science Information Network- Specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.

AirData- AirData gives you access to air quality data collected at outdoor monitors across the United States.

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center- The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) is the primary climate-change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

DataONE- This site is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation and displays a substantial amount of publically available environmental data.

U.S. EPA - Terminology Services- Repository of environmental terms, their relationships, definitions, and relevant metadata (e.g., synonyms).

U.S. Global Change Research Program- This site displays regional and national climate information.

UNdata - Use UNdata to search the Environment Statistics Database, Greenhouse Gas Inventory Data, and World Meteorological Organization Standard Normals. (After you click the link, locate the databases area and then scroll down to the area titled "Environment")

World Meteorological Organization E-Library- Contains books, conference reports and other expert reports, working papers, annual and statistical reports, periodicals such as journals and newsletters, information dossiers on Meteorology in different countries, as well as reference books (dictionaries, glossaries, comparative statements, etc.)

US Department of Labor- This site displays expected salary information, education requirements, as well as expected growth estimates.

The following sites contain job postings, internship opportunities, scholarship information, and career advice.

EPA Jobs and Scholorships
GreenBiz- Environmental Economics
Environmental Career Opportunities

National Council for Science and the Environment: Internships and Jobs