Environmental Science Resources

As you research your environmental issue, consider the different types of sources you will need. Each source category will be important as you come to learn about your topic and make your case for change. See below for suggested tools, and don't forget to come see Emily in the library for more suggestions.


General Overview of Environmental Issue:

Waynflete Library Catalog: For some topics, our library has books that will be very helpful in understanding the basic science behind them. As you search the catalog, use general search terms, then look in the index of the books you find. Also check out our science reference books.

Gale Virtual Reference Library has great sources for learning about the science behind environmental issues. To access GVRL from home, you need the password. Noodletools tip: Cite as Database, then Reference Source.

Draw Down: This website which accompanies a book by the same name offers practical solutions that cities and towns can take to address environmental issues related to climate change. In the process of doing so, it also offers concise descriptions of what the issues are. It also includes an extensive (and very helpful) list of resources on a variety of environmental issues.


In-depth studies

JSTOR is a database of scholarly journal articles. Here you will find published scientific studies and in-depth analysis. These studies will also provide some good examples of what is happening elsewhere in the world to address a similar environmental issue. To access JSTOR from home, you need the password. Best way to find JSTOR articles: Add site:jstor.org to any Google search. Noodletools tip: Cite as Database, then Journal.

New York Times, like JSTOR, may have articles that describe the environmental issue in context. This will be a good place to look to find examples of what is being done to address the concern in other communities. We now have full-text access to the New York Times, but you must create an account here using your @waynflete.org email address. Noodletools tip: Cite as Website, then Newspaper.

ProQuest Newspapers offers access to newspapers from across the United States. This is an excellent resource for finding examples of other communities facing similar environmental concerns as well as their responses. Noodletools tip: Cite as Database, then Newspaper.

local information

Maine Newsstand is a great source for articles written about the specific environmental issue you are studying, perhaps offering names of local people and organizations you can contact for more information. You can also get a sense of local opinion in these articles. Noodletools tip: Cite as Database, then Newspaper.

Use a general Google search to look for reports and studies on your specific locale and issue. Be as specific as possible and include multiple key words to direct your search.

Cite your sources

Noodletools will help you properly format your bibliography. Don't forget to choose APA Advanced as the citation format.