Franklin &  Marshall College Library

ENV235: Endangered Species

Background

Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America, 6 vols.
Sci Ref QH 77 .N56 B43
Each species entry includes the following information: description, behavior, habitat, distribution, threats, conservation and recovery. Entries also list contact information and references

Encyclopedia of Endangered Species, 2 vols.
Sci Ref QH 75 .A1 E53
In addition to a description of the species you'll find information on the species habitat, current distribution, history and conservation measures. Includes a geogrpahic and species index.

Endangered Species: A Reference Handbook
Sci Ref QL 82 .S49 1998
Includes discussions of human impact on natural selection and species preservation in poor countries. Lists organizations, books and other resources on the topic.

Habitats and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia of Endangered America
Sci Ref QH 76 .C73 1999
Reviews the history of conservation in the United States,identifies current issues and challenges, summarizes the larger ecoregions in each state, and describes parks, sanctuaries, and preserves that shelter special habitats and ecosystems.

The Official World Wildlife Fund Guide to Endangered Species of North America, 4 vols.
Sci Ref QL 84.2 .O35 1990

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
Sci Ref QH 541.15 .B56 E53 2001
Covers plant and animal diversity, loss, change and range ecology. You'll find articles on endangered ecosystems, mammals, plants and birds as well modern instances of extinctions.

Indexes & Article Collections

AGRICOLA
Over 2.9 million records covering every major agricultural subject. Compiled by the National Agricultural Library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Covers 1970 to the present.

Basic BIOSIS
Over 390,000 records from approximately 400 journals in Biological Abstracts. Coverage from 1999 - present. Updated monthly.

Biological & Agricultural Index
Indexes nearly 250 domestic and international English-language periodicals with life sciences and agricultural subjects. Includes book reviews. Covers 1983 to the present.

BioOne
Searchable full text aggregation of more than 60 bioscience research journals. The titles are published by scholarly societies and have formerly been available in print. Access to individual journal titles can also be found on the Biology "by Subject" page.

FirstSearch
A collection of over 60 subject-specific indexes and databases (most are listed here).

General Science Index
Journals and magazines from the U.S. and Great Britain, covering all major scientific fields. Indexing from 1984 to present, abstracting from 1993 to present.

GEOBASE
More than 500,000 records covering international literature on geology, geography, and ecology. Covers 1980 to present.

GPO Monthly Catalog
Over 380,000 records on all subjects of interest to the U.S. government. Covers July 1976 to the present.

Index to Legal Periodicals
Indexes articles from 620 legal journals, yearbooks, institutes, bar association organs, law reviews, and government publications originating in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Includes book reviews. Covers August 1981 to the present. Choose Legal in the Subject Area.

JSTOR
A collection of abstracts and articles from over 100 scholarly journals, many dating from the nineteenth-century to the last 4 or 5 years.

Lexis-Nexis
Connections to newspaper articles (including New York Times and Washington Post), business information (including SEC filings), and legal resources (including state and federal case law).

PAIS International
Index to policy-oriented literature (books, journal articles and U.S. and foreign government documents). International coverage of information about political, economic and social issues and events in specific countries. Covers 1972 to the present.

Internet Resources

A. Search Engines/Portals
B. Criteria to consider when evaluating Web sites:
    1. Authority: Who is responsible for the content? Are they an expert on the topic? Does the author identify her/him/them-self?

    2. Objectivity: Why was the site created? Is the information presented with a minimum of bias? Is the site meant to persuade the reader?

    3. Content: What is presented? Is the content focused, or does it stray all over the place? Is the site appropriate for research/scholarly purposes? Is the design of the site more important than the content?

    4. Accuracy: Does the site feature a list of sources, or bibliography, or links to other similar sites? Are other authorities cited?

    5. Currency: Is the web site current? Is it currently being maintained? Is there indication of when it was last updated anywhere on the page?
* TIP: When using a web site for research, print a copy of the first page for verification. Web sites come and go easily!

Last updated: 9/15/03 ag, contact Dale Riordan for assistance, 291-3843