Environmental Studies Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • Agricultural & Environmental Science Database (ProQuest) (1960 to present)
    Multidisciplinary database providing access to the international literature in agricultural and environmental science.
  • Environmental Studies and Policy Collection (Gale)
    Covers environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.
  • Sustainabilty (JSTOR)
    A collection of academic journals, e-books and research reports on environmental stresses and their impact on society. Research spans the Biological Sciences, Business & Economics, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Law, Public Health, Urban Studies, and many other disciplines.
  • GeoRef (1785 [North America]; 1933 [Int'l])
    International database of journal articles, conference proceedings, and book chapters covering geology and earth sciences.
  • POPLINE (1970 to present)
    Reproductive health, fertility, demographics, environmental health, women in development, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Web of Science (1984 to present)
    Search thousands of journals across the sciences and social sciences and track cited references to locate more recent articles.
  • Environment Complete
    A full-text database covering environmental studies, ecology, energy, urban planning, and affiliated areas of study.
  • GreenFILE
    Draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.
  • INSPEC (1969 to present)
    Index of publications in all areas of physics, engineering, and computer sciences.
  • PAIS Index (1972 to present)
    Coverage of articles, selected books, government documents, research reports, etc., from a wide range of social sciences.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (1984 to present)
    Tracks cited references to locate more recent articles in social science.
  • Sociological Abstracts (1952 to present)
    Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines.
  • TOXLINE
    Index to articles on the biochemical, pharmacological, and physiological effects of drugs and other chemicals.

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases

Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
Check out these resources first (also see the Primary Sources research guide).

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Citing Sources

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that collects, manages, and formats citations and bibliographies. Zotero also helps organize your research by allowing you to attach PDFs, notes, and images to your references. You can arrange your sources into collections for different projects and tag them for easy searching.  You can get information about installing and using Zotero on the Library's guide on to How to Cite Sources

For more information about how to appropriately use sources in your work, visit these guides:

The Writing Center's Using Sources Guide

Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Writer's Handbook on Avoiding Plagiarism

    Alternative futures : India unshackled Frost Library; GE160.I4 A48 2017

    A city on a lake : urban political ecology and the growth of Mexico City (Vitz, Matthew, 1979-, author.) Frost Library; GE160.M6 V58 2018

    Global resources and the environment (Oliver, Chadwick Dearing, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; GE195 .O55 2018

    The ecocentrists : a history of radical environmentalism (Woodhouse, Keith Mako, author.) Frost Library; GE197 .W66 2018

    California greenin' : how the Golden State became an environmental leader (Vogel, David, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; GE315.C2 V64 2018

    After extinction Frost Library; GF75 .A4 2018

    City of the good : nature, religion, and the ancient search for what is right (Bell, Michael, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; GF80 .B45 2018

    Campesino a campesino (Holt-Giménez, Eric.) Frost Library; S476.A1 H65 2006