Environmental Studies Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on environmental science

Highly recommended:

Agriculture & Environmental Science Database (previously Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management)

comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences

GreenFile scholarly, government and general-interest titles on all aspects of human impact to the environment


Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database (includes Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts)

environmental science of marine and freshwater environments

Biological Abstracts

life science and biomedical research literature

Search Government Publications via GPO Federal Digital System

indexes U.S. government documents, legislation and regulations, including congressional committee reports and hearings

Social Sciences Index

anthropology, economics, geography, law and criminology, political science, social work, sociology, and international relations

Others to consider:

Academic OneFile

interdisciplinary coverage of journals

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)

interdisciplinary index to journals and magazines

Annual Reviews Backfile

authoritative scientific review articles synthesizing prior research

Google Scholar

broadly interdisciplinary coverage of scholarly publications

JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection

extensive backfiles of selected research journals

Science Direct (Elsevier)

peer-reviewed journals in physical and life sciences

SpringerLink Journals

peer-reviewed journals in life and physical sciences

Wiley Interscience

peer-reviewed journals in physical and life sciences

Need peer-reviewed sources? Consult How do I...Distinguish Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed Journals from other Periodicals

You may also consult the List of Journal Titles for a list of journals available at CSUMB in the library or online.

OneSearch - Articles

Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

OneSearch lists books and videos in the CSUMB Library's collection.

Check here for a quick list of books on:

environmental ethics

environmental justice

environmental policy

environmentalism and environmental movements


human and social ecology


endangered species

global warming and climate change


Books at other libraries

First try...

CSU OneSearch to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.

Then try...

MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region

WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the catalogs above.

Selected online encyclopedias

Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America

Climate Change: In Context

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy

Encyclopedia of Sustainability

Environmental Encyclopedia

Environmental Issues: Essential Primary Sources

Environmental Justice: A Reference Handbook

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy

Pollution: A to Z

Renewable and Alternative Energy Resources: A Reference Handbook

Waste Management: A Reference Handbook

Water: Science and Issues

Search environmental encyclopedias


California and West Coast

CERES - California Environmental Resources Evaluation System

California Coastal Commission Publications a variety of Web documents on coastal issues of regional relevance

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary a wealth of local information on aquatic and marine topics

Former Fort Ord Environmental Cleanup Web Site

California Natural Diversity Database from California Department of Fish and Game

California Department of Conservation

California Climate Change Portal

California Climate Change Center at UC Berkeley

California Environmental Protection Agency

West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health California, Oregon and Washington


Science.Gov portal to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies

Congressional Research Service Reports

Resources for the Future issue papers

National Council for Science and the Environment

The Encyclopedia of Earth

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

ECOTOX Database of single chemical toxicity data for aquatic life, terrestrial plants and wildlife.

Environmental Justice Resources

U.S. Department of Energy Information Bridge

U.S. Global Change Research Information Office

Ecosystem Resources from USGS

National Wetlands Research Center

Water Quality Information Center US National Agricultural Library

Pew Oceans Commission reports and analyses on marine resource management

BISON Biodiversity Information Serving our Nation from USGS


Global Change Master Directory from NASA

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Environmental Evidence Library from the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the UN

United Nations Environmental Programme

Online dictionaries and reference sources

Terms of Environment from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Encyclopedia of Earth

StreamNet Glossary of Terms Related to Fisheries Management

Encyclopedia Britannica Online has numerous brief articles on environmental topics

Biodiversity and Conservation, a hypertext book by Peter J. Bryant, UC Irvine

Integrated Assessment of Climate Change: The Model Visualization and Analysis Service from CIESIN

Environmental studies portals

EarthTrends Environmental Information Portal from World Resources Institute

GEO Data Portal online data and graphs from the U.N. Environment Programme

Environmental Issues from About.com

Greener a search engine for all things green

Virtual Library - Environment

General interest and practical tips

Greening Schools

Story of Bottled Water

Environmentally Friendly Cars

Recycling 101

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides to Biology, Earth Sciences, Marine Science and Public Policy

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