Pathfinder: Environment Resources



How to Find Books in the WPCC Library

Clip art of a lab flask holding a model of EarthUse 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

PLEASE NOTE: some databases require a User ID an Password for access off-campus. Use your WPCC User ID and Password to log in to these services.

Thompson Gale Academic OneFile Database

Academic OneFile is a premier source for peer-reviewed, 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 has a database cthat ontains full-text articles on many topics from several thousand magazines and journals, including environmental publications.  Try Academic Search Premier.

Some full-text selected titles are:


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.
  • Climate Change – U.S. Department of the Interior report 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.

  • 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 Syle (Ref. BF 7617 .C66 2005)
  • MLA Handbook (8th Edition) (Ref. LB 2369 .G53 2016)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition) (Ref. BF 76.7 .P83 2010)
  • Other citation styles can be reviewed online at the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).


Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance!

updated 10/2017


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