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Research Resources: Class Guides

ENV 454: Environmental Problems (and Solutions)

How to Do a Literature Review

Locating Books

Online Catalog
Excellent starting point to find books, videos and maps in the libraries. Search subjects like: Environmental Protection, Climate Change, Susquehanna River, etc.

Annual Reviews

Annual Review of Environment and Resources
An annual review provides an overview and assessment of a previous year's research in a particular subject area. The papers in these volumes review the emerging literature in rapidly changing fields and are aimed at readers who do not have the time to read dozens of leading journals.

Indexes, Abstracts and Full Text Resources

General Science Full Text
Indexes and abstracts 150 English-language periodicals in all areas of the sciences.

Connections to full-text newspaper articles from US and international papers, news magazines, business publications, and legal resources. Coverage goes back at least 20 years for most titles.

Social Sciences Full Text
Indexes and abstracts over 400 English-language periodicals in all areas of the social sciences, including politics and economics.

Web of Science (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. Covers 1980 to the present.

Government Resources

GPO Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
An index for federal publications that provides direct links to those documents that are available online. Covers July 1976 to the present.

United States Statutes at Large
Ref. Balcony KF 50 .U52 (1893 - )
This is the first permanent form of federal laws. One or more volumes are compiled for each legislative session. Recent laws are issued in "slip" format, arranged by Public Law number. Public Laws from 1995 to the present are available on FDSys.

United States Code
Ref. Balcony KF 62 1992 .A2
This is the official codification of all federal laws, divided into 50 subject areas (or titles). Specific subject indexing is included, as well as a listing of the laws by popular names. Title 16 deals with Conservation. Also available on FDSys.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Ref. Balcony KF 70 .A34
This is a subject accumulation of rules currently in force, also divided into 50 titles (most of which do not correspond to the titles in the United States Code). The CFR is "a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government." Title 40 deals with Protection of the Environment, and Title 50 is Wildlife and Fisheries. There is a separate index volume to the CFR. The current edition is also available on FDSys.

Federal Register
U.S. Doc. AE 2.106, Ground Floor
Published five days a week, this contains news of Executive rules and all presidential proclamations, rules and regulations of the various bureaus and departments of the federal government, decisions of fact-finding bodies, and all proposed regulations. Material from 1994 to the present is available on FDSys. Only the most recent two years of the FR are retained in paper copy by the library.

Federal Register 2.0
This is the new official gateway into the current issue of the FR. Back issues can also be searched and browsed from this site.

Congressional Committee Hearings
Most hearings, from 1997 to the present, are available here. The library also has a vast print collection of hearings in the documents stacks on the Ground Floor - in the Y4 classification.

Thomas (Legislative Information from the Library of Congress)
A major source for finding bills, public laws, and other congressional materials.

Internet Resources
A gateway to over 50 million pages of authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. government agencies, including research and development results

Environmental News Network
Connections to current news stories, feature articles and special environmental reports.

Environmental Protection Agency
The official web page of the EPA.

Last updated: 2/14/12 tk, contact Laura Eiford (291-3843) or Tom Karel (291-3845)


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