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Liaison Librarian: Nick Lonergan, 717-245-1838.


Research Help

As a result of the interdisciplinary nature of Environmental Studies, relevant materials can be found throughout the library. While the Library of Congress Classification System does have a call number range specifically designated for Environmental Sciences, there are many other call number ranges that may contain items of interest.

Examples of broad classification areas:

Q= Science

K= Law

H= Social Sciences

Examples of narrower classification areas:

QD1-999= Chemistry

GF 1-900= Human Ecology

GE 1-350 = Environmental Sciences

BJ 1-1725= Ethics

SD1-669.5= Forestry

Look at the Library of Congress Classification System Outline for more information.

Related Environmental Resources

More Research Help

What is plagiarism?

Citing Sources (APA)

Evaluating Resources

What is a scholarly journal?

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Reference Resources: Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc.

Some examples of available materials:

Renewable and alternative energy resources: a reference handbook Ref. TJ808.3 .S65 2008

Berkshire encyclopedia of sustainability REF GE140 .B47 2010 v.1-7

American environmental leaders: from colonial times to the present, 2nd ed. Ref. GE55 .B43 2008 (also online)

Environmental issues: essential primary sources Ref. GE105 .E5825 2006

Environmental encyclopedia, 3rd ed. Ref. GE10 .E57 2003

Encyclopedia of world environmental history Ref. GF10 .E63 2003

Indigenous peoples and environmental issues : an encyclopedia REF GF50 .J65 2003

Environmental Law Handbook. 21st ed. Online resource

International encyclopedia of environmental politics Online Resource.

Pesticide Profiles: Toxicity, Environmental Impact and Fate. Ref. RA1270.P4 P468 1997

Encyclopedia of Aquaculture. 2000. Ref. SH20.3 .E53 2000

The Wiley Encyclopedia of Environmental Pollution and Clean Up. 1999, 2 vols. Ref. TD173 .E53 1999

Handbook of Environmental Analysis: Chemical Pollutants in Air, Water, Soil and Solid Wastes. Ref. TD193 .P38 1997

Dictionary of environmental economics. 2001. Ref. HC79 .E5 D53 2001.

Finding Articles

Locating articles

Basic process for finding articles

If you find an article that looks interesting check to see if there is a link to the pdf or HTMl version of the article by the citation. If not, then click the "Get It!" button to see if we have access to it either electronically or in print.

If you cannot see either a direct link to the article or the "Get It!" button then search the Journal Locator for the title of the journal that it was published in. If you find the journal title here check to see if we have access to the year in which the journal article was published, and then follow the relevant link.

Requesting articles we do not own

If we have neither print nor electronic access to an article in our collection, then you can place an order for it through ILLIAD.

You will have to set up account the first time you order an article but once you have done this once you can use this same account each time you want an article.

Once you have an account set up then you can just click the "ILLIAD" link in the "Get it!" button and log into your account and the request form will be automatically populated with the citation information for your desired article so you only need to submit the request.

(If you do not have a journal citation, but instead have a topic, use one of our databases to locate citations).

Why use journals?

• Journals are often peer-reviewed/scholarly. This means the research in the articles have been double-checked for validity.

Primary research often appears in journal articles. Primary research is the first article or report on a topic whereas secondary research are the articles or reports that talk about that primary article. Always look back to the primary article when using secondary sources as support.

• Journals can contain the most recent information on a topic. In the sciences this can be very important.


The following indexes, while not a comprehensive listing of all available resources, are a great place to start looking for literature in professional journals. The indexes are listed by discipline. Again, this is only a select listing of indexes. There may be other indexes more valuable depending on your topic.

Databases Focusing on Environmental Issues

BioOne Focus on biological, ecological and environmental sciences. Primarily consists of journals published by small societies and non-commercial publishers.

Coastal Zone Information Collection (CZIC) from NOAA NOTE: These documents are in the FDsys online government archive. The above link provides a clickable list of documents. To search across the collection, go to the FDsys advanced search page and use the "Available Collections" pull-down menu to select "Coastal Zone Information Collection". Provides documents from 1951-1999 which are crucial to the understanding the history of U.S. coastal management and NOAA's mission to sustain healthy coasts. Documents were originally submitted to the NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) by state coastal zone management programs in accordance with the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972.

Energy Citations Database Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to improve access to scientific and technical information (STI). It contains over 2.6 million bibliographic citations for energy and energy related STI.

Environment Complete Covers agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.

Green FILE Indexes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports related to the environment.

Lexis-Nexis Access to hundreds of newspapers from around the world, plus a wealth of legal, business, medical, and reference information.

TOXNET A gateway for databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

Green EnergyThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provides access to over 30,000 technical reports and over 2,000 patents from R&D projects that pertain to renewable energy resources and energy conservation.

Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide Literature on wild mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Offers a global perspective and is the most comprehensive resource on wildlife information. Major topic areas include studies of individual species, habitat types, hunting, economics, wildlife behavior, management techniques, diseases, ecotourism, zoology, taxonomy and much more.

General Science Including Environmental Science

Web of Science A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of both the sciences and the social sciences. Excellent for tracing how an article is cited in the literature.

AGRICOLA An electronic index to over 3 million citations to materials acquired by the National Agricultural Library and cooperating institutions.

Biological & Agricultural Index Articles and other scholarly material published in the leading publications in agriculture, biology, forestry, and ecology. Includes a wide range of popular and professional journals about biology and agriculture.

Biological Abstracts Covers life sciences journal literature. The drop down menus provide some unusual options for limiting a search, including limiting by taxonomic classification and by concept codes.

BioOne Focus on biological, ecological and environmental sciences. Primarily consists of journals published by small societies and non-commercial publishers.

GeoRef Guide to materials in geology and earth sciences.

PubMed (with Dickinson links) PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals.

General Science Full Text A general science database that covers everything from supernovas to marine pollution. A good starting point for researchers seeking information on a variety of scientific topics.

National Geographic Archive The official journal of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit educational and scientific organizations. Recognized for some of the highest-quality photojournalism and cartography in the world, this award-winning, iconic magazine is famous for providing unparalleled, in-depth coverage of cultures, nature, science, technology and the environment. Featuring the complete archive of the magazine to the mid-1990s, this database includes every page and every photograph, all fully searchable.

Annual Reviews Publishes 29 series covering three major fields: Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences as well as a number of special publications and Web based projects every year. These purpose of these publications are to record the major innovations and progress of research topics occurring in these disciplines.

Social Science

America: History and Life Covers scholarly literature on United States and Canadian history. Materials treating all aspects of history from prehistoric times to the present. The rest of modern world history is covered in a companion database, Historical Abstracts.

PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service) Useful for environmental policy research. Index access to journal articles, book chapters, reports, and government publications from 120 countries.

POPLINE® (POPulation information onLINE) Provides more than 350,000 citations with abstracts to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished reports in the field of population studies, family planning, women’s studies, and related environmental and health issues. Primarily English, but also includes many abstracts in French and Spanish. A limit to peer-reviewed articles feature is available. Maintained by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs and funded primarily by the United States Agency for International Development.

Social Sciences Full Text Covers international, English-language periodicals in sociology, anthropology, psychology, geography, economics, political science, and law.

Sociological Abstracts Indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.


Humanities Full Text Covers journal articles in the humanities, archaeology, art, classics, film, folklore, history, journalism and communications, linguistics, literature, music, performing arts, and religion.

Interdisciplinary Options

JSTOR An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Academic Search Complete Covers all disciplines including social science, humanity, arts, literature and so on. Includes scholarly journals, magazines, conference proceedings and books.

Internet Resources

Key Internet Resources | Government Publications | General Policy Web Sites | EPA Web Sites | Local Environmental Affairs Web Sites | Corporate Impact on the Environment | Environmental health news and epidemiology | NGO Websites | Federal Laws and Regulations| The Obama Administration's plan for the Environment | Perspectives on the Bush Administration's Environmental Record

Key Internet Resources

Government Publications

General Policy Web Sites

EPA Web Sites

  • TRI Explorer (a user-friendly tool for accessing TRI data)
  • EPA Compliance Record (The complete compliance record for the EPA and State inspections for over 80,000 facilities.)

Local Environmental Affairs Web Sites

  • Penn Future (excellent internship site for qualified students)

Corporate Impact on the Environment

Environmental health news and epidemiology

  • Grist Magazine (an on-line compilation of breaking environmental news from national and international sources)
  • Alternet (Online News from the Alternative Press current affairs)

NGO Websites

Federal Laws and Regulations

  • THOMAS Database of legislation and government reports. Also includes the full text of the Congressional Record.
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The Obama Administration's plan for the Environment

Perspectives on the Bush Administration's Environmental Record

  • Pacific Research Institute (A conservative think tank that supplied many of the officials in the Bush Administration and defends its record while criticizing environmental nay-sayers).
  • Natural Resource Defense Council (The home page for the Natural Resource Defense Council's ongoing critique of the Bush Administration's environmental record).

Map Library

The Map Library is a government depository for maps and it is currently located in the Kaufman building in Room 129.

While new maps acquired by Dickinson are being cataloged, most of our map collection has not yet been cataloged. As such, while the library catalog does contain some entries for maps it does not represent a comprehensive guide to the map collection.

In the Federal Repository, there are shelves of maps against two walls. One wall houses the non-folded maps (topographic quadrangles, assorted geologic maps, and over-sized maps) and the other houses the folded maps.

For the non-folded maps, each set of drawers has been given a number and each shelf has been labeled with a letter. In order to ease the process of locating materials in the repository, we have created a separate guide to help you determine which drawer(s) may contain the maps you are seeking.

USGS topographic maps are organized first by scale, then alphabetically by state and then by quadrangle name. For example: a drawer labeled: 1:24,000 FL- A-J would contain maps of 1:24,000 scale of Florida for quadrangles starting with A through J. For help determining what quadrangle corresponds to your location of interest, you can consult the indexes available on the magazine racks. These can also provide you with a visual sense of the scale involved for different maps.

For information on the folded maps, first look at the USGS database. This database has extensive options for searching and provides online versions of some of the maps. The database includes the series number for the map which you will need in order to locate the map within our collection (if you searching in our catalog then you will need to use the information indicated under the "series" field, not the call number). The library does not own all of the maps contained in this database but specific maps of interest can be ordered by placing an order request with the liaison librarian for the sciences, Nick Lonergan.

The folded maps are arranged according to series and then within each series by map number and they are located in the filing cabinets. The letters at the front of the map number correspond to the type of map or features that it details. A list of the meanings of these letters is included below:

A: US Antarctic Research Program

C: Coal Investigations

CP: Circum-Pacific

GP: Geophysical Investigations

GQ: Geologic Quadrangle

HA: Hydrologic Investigations

I: Miscellaneous Investigations Studies

MF: Miscellaneous Field Studies

WRI: Water Resources Investigations

Please do not attempt to re-file maps once you have finished with them. Instead, simply place them on the refilling table and a student assistant will re-file them.

If you have any questions about locating a map in the Earth Sciences Library please feel free to contact the Science Liaison Librarian, Nick Lonergan or Pete Sak in the Earth Sciences Department.


Environmental Science / Environmental Studies Department Webpage