ENV117: Environment & Human Values
Introduction to the Library
Why the Library
F&M Library Catalog
Search the catalog to find out what books, journals,
newspapers, videos, maps, CDs, music, etc., the library owns.
NOTE: There are no journal articles in the catalog!
To find a book, begin by conducting a Keyword search our your topic. Analyze your topic or research question and break it down into its key concepts,
which becomes the Keyword search. Once you have found a record for an item that looks useful, click on a Subject Heading to
retrieve other items with similar content.
Full access to more than 7100 articles, 115,000 definitions, 2,000 biographies, and research
advances in science and technology. Updated daily.
Encyclopedia of Environmental Science
Sci Ref QH540.4 .E526 1999
Encyclopedia of Environmental Studies
Sci Ref QH 540.4 .A84 1991
Brief entries on all aspects of environment. Includes
bibliographies and suggestions for further readings.
Sci Ref GE 10 .E57
Brief entries on environmental topics. Very timely and & user-friendly.
Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
Sci Ref QH 541.15 .B56 E53 2001
Covers plant and animal diversity, loss, change and range
Encyclopedia of the Biosphere
Sci Ref QH 343.4 .B5613 2000
Each volume address a different biome. Many color pictures and illustrations.
Atlas of Global Change
Sci Ref GE 149 .G4813 1998
Color photographs highlight the diversity of landscapes, structures,
forms, and colors. Intended to raise our awareness of natural processes and the consequences of
Dictionary of Environment and Development
Ref GE 10 .C78 1993
Brief entries on prominent people, places,
ideas and environmental organizations. A good place to find
National Audubon Society Almanac of the Environment
Ref GE 195.7 .H37
Subtitled the Ecology of Everyday Life. Chapters include Body, Home, Community, Land and
Ocean, and Cultural Ecology. Written in a chatty, non-technical manner. Clearly biased toward
the conservation movement. Indexed.
Gale Environmental Almanac
Ref GE 80 .H69 1993
Dictionary, encyclopedia, bibliography, directory, case law reporter all in
one. Includes chronology and chapters on the American conservation movement, government, business,
science and international endeavors. An excellent place to begin. Well indexed.
Conservation and Environmentalism: an Encyclopedia
Ref GE 10 .C68 1995
Information about issues, surveys, organizations, academic disciplines,
government, publications. Arranged alphabetically, indexed. Signed articles include bibliographies.
The ABC-CLIO Companion to the Environmental Movement
Ref GE 197 .G76 1994
A detailed guide to the American conservation and environmental movement
throughout history; includes much biographical information and good bibliographies.
The State of the Earth Atlas
Ref Atlas G 1046 .G3S4 1990
Contains world maps with graphic depictions of environmental topics
(such as the extent of the rain forest, safe drinking water, population).
Social Issues in Science and Technology: an encyclopedia
Sci Ref Q 175.5 .N49 1999
"Provides an overview of about 100 areas in which advances in science
and technology have raised new issues for human societies."
The Wiley Encyclopedia of Energy and the Environment
Sci Ref TJ 163.235 .W55 1997
Overview articles in this 3 vol. set include illustrations,
references and reading lists.
Bibliographies are book length guides to periodical and monographic literature on specific topics.
Most of the time they are broad-based and comprehensive, so this library may not have much of the
material referred to in the listings.
- Beacham's Guide to Environmental Issues and Sources
- Ref GE115 .B43 1993
- A Search for Environmental Ethics : an Initial Bibliography
- Sci Ref Z7405.N38 A53
- Island Press Bibliography of Environmental Literature
- Sci Ref QH541.Z2 I85 1993
- Environmentalist's Bookshelf
- Sci Ref GF41.Z2 M45
Annual Review of Environment and Resources
Useful source for gaining background knowledge, learning about historical developments of a concept
nd become familiar with major researchers in an area. Extensive bibliographies are particularly
helpful. Use both subject and chapter title indexes. SCI TJ163.2 .A55
Indexes & Article Collections
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).
Over 3.6 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.
Sci Ref QH301 .B37
Covers all literature in the life sciences journal from 1926 - present.
Enables simultaneous searching with Web of Science and Medline.
Includes some links to full-text articles, although primarily used for index and abstract navigation and retrieval.
Indexes printed materials from 1918 - 1996 (print subscription canceled after 1996).
Searchable full text aggregation of more than 125 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.
Books in Print
Records of in-print, out-of-print, and forthcoming books from over
44,000 North American publishers.
Comprehensive, international, partially annotated bibliography of economics literature. Indexes
over 300 journals as well as books, dissertations, working papers, and collective volumes.
Covers 1969 to the present.
- GPO Monthly Catalog
Over 380,000 records on all subjects of interest to the U.S. government. Covers July 1976 to the
More than 500,000 records covering international literature on geology, geography, and ecology.
Covers 1980 to present.
Nearly 2 million records about geology and earth sciences.
Covers 1785 to the present (North
America) and 1933 to the present (entire world).
A collection of abstracts and articles from over 600 scholarly journals, many dating from the
nineteenth-century to the last 4 or 5 years.
OmniFile Full Text Mega
Access to full text articles, page images, article abstracts, and citations from thousands of sources. Coverage back as early as 1982.
PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service)
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.
Web of Knowledge (ISI)
The Institute of Scientific Information's premier citation databases in the physical, life, and social sciences.
Search for articles that cite a known author or work or by standard search queries.
Electronic version of Science Citation Index. Covers 1965 to the present.
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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?
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Last updated: 9/14/07 dr, contact Scott Vine or Dale Riordan for assistance.