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Pathfinder: Environment Resources

RETURN TO STUDENT LEARNING RESOURCES

Chemistry flask with Earth inside clip artHow to Find Books in the WPCC Library

Use our library catalog, found at one of our catalog terminals near the library entrance or online here. Click on “browse for materials,” click on “subjects,” and type in your subject. Double-click on the appropriate subject heading from the resulting list. Books on your subject in our library will then be displayed. (If you know an author’s name or a particular title you can type that name in at the “author” or “title” box.).

 

Selected Reference Books

  • Alternate Energy: Facts, Statistics, and Issues (Ref. TJ808 .B467 2001)
  • Beacham’s Guide to Environmental Issues and Sources  (Ref. GE 115 .B43 1993)
  • Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists (Ref. Q 141 .B53 1994)
  • The Wiley Encyclopedia of Energy and the Environment (Ref. TJ 163.235 .W55 1997)
  • Endangered Animals (Ref. QL 82 .E55 2000)
  • Facts on File Dictionary of Earth Science  (Ref. QE 5 .F318 2000)
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (Ref. GE 10 .M38 1993)
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology  (Ref. Q 121 .M3 1997)
  • North Carolina’s Hurricane History  (Ref. QC 945 .B37 2001)
  • Science & Technology Almanac 2000 (Ref. Q 124.6 .S35 2000)
  • Standard Handbook of Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal (Ref. TD 1032)
  • Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia (Ref. Q 121 .V3)
  • Walker’s Mammals of the World (ref. TD 420 .A45 2000)
  • Water Quality Control Handbook (Ref. TD 420 .A45 2000)
  • The Official WWF Guide to Endangered Species of North America (Ref. QL 84.2 .O35)

 

Where to Look for Periodical Articles

Thompson Gale Academic OneFile Database
(Requires a password or Library ID for remote access. Contact any member of the Library staff)

Academic OneFile is a multi-disciplinary database providing the complete content – indexing, abstracts, and full text. It is a premier source for peer-reviews, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. Available journals include the following:

 

How to Start Your Search

  • Access the Academic OneFile database here.

NCLive

NCLive (Requires a password of Library ID for remote access. Contact any member of the Library staff) provides access to several databases containing full-text periodical articles on environmental issues and related subjects fromn a number of magazines and journals. Try Academic Search Premier.

Some full-text selected titles are:

Online Citations - This database covers citations and tables of contents information for titles that are mainly scientific, technological, or medical in nature.

 

WPCC Environmental Sciences Related Print Periodical Subscriptions

The current issues of the above magazines are located in the Periodical Reading area and are shelved by title in alphabetical order. Back issues can be obtained by contacting any library staff member.

 

Where to Look on the Internet

We recommend:

  • Envirolink – non-profit organization that offers a vast clearing house of online resources and links that include many engineering areas of interest.
  • Environmental News Network – website that informs, educates, and enables a platform for global environmental action.
  • NASA Global Climate Change – multimedia website featuring photos, movies, animation, interactive graphics, and other presentations of NASA’s research into climate change.
  • National Library for the Environment – a collection of Congressional Research Service reports on environmental issues.
  • Arkive – a unique collection of videos, images and facts illustrating the world’s species.
  • Greenhouse Gas Online – website dedicated to current green house news and scientific publications.
  • Environmental Inquiry – From Cornell University developed to help students participate in environmental science research.

 

Putting It All Together

Some instructors specify the format that is expected for research papers submitted to them. Check with your instructor to ensure that you use the correct citation format.

  • Electronic Reference Formats Recommended by the American Psychological Association
  • MLA Style: Documenting Sources on the World Wide Web
  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Thesis, and Dissertations (Turabian) (Ref. LB 2369 .T8 1996)
    (online Turabian Quick Guide is available here)
  • Concise Rules of APA Style (Ref. BF 7617 .P83 2001)
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Seventh Edition) (Ref. LB 2369 .G53 2009)
  • Online citation guides: APAMLAChicago, and CBE

Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance!

updated 4/23/14