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Environmental Studies Research Guide

  • Find Background Info
  • Find Books and Films
  • Find Articles
  • Find Local Resources
  • Citing Sources

Find Background Info

Background sources, such as specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries, are an essential piece of the research process. They can help you:

  • Gather information about your topic and understand the scope of the research
  • Locate reliable sources and clarify keywords
  • Pinpoint important authors, texts, ideas, and keywords about the research area. Knowing what the primary phrases and concepts are will help you a lot as you are searching through library databases and online sources.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a multi-publisher collection of high quality reference titles covering everything from the arts to astronomy, law to literature, and science to Shakespeare. Available titles also include a range of multimedia options including thousands of high quality diagrams, photographs, maps, and audio files.

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Environmental Science on Credo

Credo Reference offers the following relevant titles and many more:

Science Database (ProQuest)

Science Database (ProQuest) contains full text articles from broad, interdisciplinary science and engineering sources. Science Database features ongoing full -text from prestigious and highly selective publishers such as Nature Publishing, Springer, Emerald, Cambridge University Press and many others.

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Find Books and Films

Print and e-books are valuable sources for academic research. They will help you gain an overview of your topic and often contain in-depth information about the scholarship or history of research on a subject. Some books are written by single authors, while others include essays or chapters by multiple scholars within a discipline. Don’t let the length of books intimidate you because you don’t need to read them from cover to cover. Look at the table of contents and index to find the sections that are relevant to your work.

Find Books Using GriffinSearch

GriffinSearch is a good starting place if you are looking for books, journal articles, films, and other materials available in the library. In addition to searching the Giovale Library catalog for physical materials, GriffinSearch finds e-books and articles from several of our databases. To get started, search by keyword or type in the title of a book here:

Academic Videos Online (AVON)

Academic Video Online (AVON) provides unlimited access to a comprehensive selection of videos curated for the educational experience.

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Videos about Environmental Studies

WorldCat

WorldCat lets you search for books, articles, videos, and other material that are available in libraries worldwide. If you are doing in-depth research on a topic and are considering requesting resources through Interlibrary Loan, WorldCat can help you discover resources that might not be in the Giovale Library collection.

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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan is a service where patrons of one library can borrow books and other materials, and access journal articles that are owned by another library.

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Utah Academic Library Consortium

Giovale Library participates in the Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC) and Westminster University students have reciprocal circulation privileges at UALC partner libraries. Each UALC library has different circulation policies, but all require a current, valid, legal photo identification and proof of current enrollment at Westminster. Some libraries may also require other verification methods, so it is recommended that you contact the library you are interested in for details.

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Find Articles

The Giovale Library provides access to a number of subject databases that you can use to find journal articles on topics within a specific discipline or field of study. The databases listed on this page are those that are most useful for finding research published in environmental studies.

GriffinSearch

GriffinSearch is a good starting place if you are looking for books, journal articles, films, and other material available in the library. In addition to searching the Giovale Library catalog for physical materials, GriffinSearch finds e-books and articles from several of our databases.

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Environmental Science Collection (ProQuest)

The Environmental Science Collection (ProQuest) collection combines specialist topic resources from engineering, biotechnology, bacteriology, atmospheric science, ecology, and biology. Subject coverage includes: climate change and global warming; conservation; environmental education; environmental health; safety and risk; environmental law and policy; plant science; soil science; sustainability; waste management; and wildlife.

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Environmental Studies (Gale)

Environmental Studies is an electronic resource provided by Gale that focuses on the study of sustainability and the environment. Topics include global warming, food safety, access to health care, and the impact of economic development on international relations.

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Environmental Studies and Policy (Gale)

Environmental Studies and Policy addresses environmental concerns and research with coverage from journals and book reference content.

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Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database (ProQuest)

Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database (ProQuest) includes scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, and government publications. Included are the renowned Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (AFSA), and the Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA).  This collection contains information about critical issues that affect the Earth's air, land, and water.

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Find Local Resources

Citing Sources

Citation Resources

Properly citing your sources shows that you’ve done research to become knowledgeable about your topic and helps you avoid plagiarism. Explore citation resources to learn how to correctly cite sources based on style.

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