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Library databases, including GreenFile, Academic Search Complete, Biological Abstracts and Computers & Applied Sciences Complete, and are a major source of high quality information on environmental science and related topics. These include descriptions of of articles published in science research journals and magazines and journals in related fields that provide some of the most dependable and up-to-date information available.
The library's collection of books provides longer works on established practices in the field and on major issues such as science and religion.
The open web can also provide useful and high quality information, although each new website should be examined carefully to verify the authority of the author, the point of view or bias of the sponsor, and the quality of the information.
Reference books and bibliographies provide additional useful information. Check out the "More" tab for links to reliable academic reference resources in print and online. The bibliographies at the end of reference and journal articles are another good source of additional recommended resources on a topic. The "More" tab also offers links and additional advice on writing your paper and evaluating your sources.
Many of the sources linked in this guide are purchased by the library for your use. When you click on these links from a computer not connected through the campus network you will need to identify yourself by entering your campus network username and password. This is the same username and password as you use to access BlueLink and Desire2Learn.
Use the tabs above for more detailed instructions.
GreenFile is a free database that includes articles on ecology, conservation, and the environment.
Academic Search Complete is a general database that includes many articles related to biology, science, and medicine.
Biological Abstracts is the premier database in biology.
JSTOR includes the Ecology and Botany collection of full text journals in the sciences. All of these articles are full text, but no recent issues are included. (Most articles are not included until 3 to 5 years after publication.)
Open Access journals are published directly on the internet and are
available for free. The movement is especially strong in the sciences,
so several sources of these journal articles may be useful.
Public Library of Science publishes its own series of open access journals in the sciences.
Directory of Open Access Journals is a broad based directory of open access journals in all fields.
Most of the library's collection of science journals is online. You will be able to click on PDF (or sometimes HTML) links in the databases and read, save, email, or print complete articles.
However, a few journals that are not available online are available in the library's collection. Any time you find information about an article that doesn't include a link to the full text (even if you found the information somewhere other than a library database), you can use the library's journals list to find out if we have the journal for the date you need. You will need the title of the journal or magazine (often listed as "source" or italicized, or underlined) and the date and page numbers of the article you want.
The library's journals list can also be browsed by subject. You may find the Environmental Issues list or the Sciences list useful.
We can request any of the articles we don't own through Interlibrary Loan. Most items arrive in the library in 3 days to 3 weeks. If you can't wait, you may also have the option of purchasing full text access one article at a time directly from the publisher's web site.
Current issues of magazines and journals are shelved alphabetically by
title on the "periodical" shelves on the first floor of the library.
These titles include:
Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science
Search the Library Catalog using the search box above. The catalog includes all of the books and videos in the library's physical collection and over 1000 online environmental science titles through Ebrary.
Search Ebrary for online books the library owns.
Browse The National Academies Press for free online versions of reports from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. You can browse topics or use the search box to find books by key word.
Search WorldCat to find books in the collections of most of the world's libraries. Use the "borrow this time from another library" link to request a copy of anything you find. Most items arrive in 3 days to 3 weeks.
Browsing the shelves is another good option. Books are arranged by Dewey Decimal numbers:
Dewey Decimal Numbers for Environmental Science
354 Administration of economy & environment
500 Natural sciences & mathematics
508 Natural history
540 Chemistry & allied sciences
550 Earth Sciences
570 Life Sciences
578 Natural history of organisms
580 Plants (Botany)
590 Animals (Zoology)
630 Agriculture & related technologies
634 Orchards, fruits, forestry
639 Hunting, fishing, conservation
Locations for environmental science materials
1st floor Reference
3rd floor Circulating Collection
5th floor Oversize Collection (for items too tall for regular shelves)
basement storage Historic Circulating Materials
Science Information Databases
Environmental Conservation Online System from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
USDA Plants Database
Agency Web Sites
Environmental Protection Agency
Fish and Wildlife Service
Amphibia Web (created in conjunction with the Digital Library Project at the University of California, Berkeley)
IUCN Red List of threatened and endangered species
World Database on Protected Areas (use with caution, the site is user edited)
Organization Web Sites (remember to consider point of view and bias!)
Environmental Defense Fund
International Union for Conservation of Nature
National Wildlife Federation
United Nations Environmental Programme
World Health Organization (United Nations)
General Information and News Sources
Singapore Infopedia from the National Library of Singapore
Singapore Straits Times
Government Environmental Agency Sources
Singapore Environment Council
Non-governmental Environmental Organizations
The Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather provides background information on climate and weather. Check the bibliographies of longer articles for references to the most important books and articles on the subject.
R 578.68 B353
Beacham, Walton and Kirk H. Beetz, eds. Beacham's Guide to International Endangered Species. Osprey, Fla.: Beacham, 1998.
R 578.680973 B353
Beacham, Walton, Frank V. Castronova and Suzanne Sessine, eds. Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America. Detroit: Gale Group, 2000.
R 591.68 En19
Emanoil, Mary, ed. Encyclopedia of Endangered Species. Detroit : Gale Research, 1994-1999.
The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers help in many areas of writing. Especially useful
Review the content, layout, links to and from, and the “about” section of the website and ask yourself these questions.
Recommendations / Content:
Want more detailed advice? Check out the University of California at Berkeley library’s guide to Evaluating Web Pages.