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Environmental Studies: Finding Books

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Subscription E-Books

The USA Libraries subscribe to several subscription e-book collections. These collections tend to focus on a specific discipline or field of study in their coverage.

SOUTHcat

To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.

  • Catalog tips and tricks:
    • Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("climate change")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (toxic? finds toxic, toxicity, toxicology)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "ocean pollution," then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "marine pollution." Click the subject heading to find more records with this subject.)
  • Revise and refine your searches.
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.

Suggested Search Terms

Below are some suggested search terms to use when searching the SOUTHcat catalog or library databases. Search techniques may vary with each databases, so look at help screens or ask a librarian for suggestions about using quotation marks and truncation symbols.

Leave out the word "and" when doing a single keyword searches on SOUTHcat, since "and" is automatically added between words if the phrase is not in quotes. Put phrases in quotation marks to search as a phrase. Use ? as a truncation or wildcard symbol in the catalog. SOUTHcat will ignore internal punctuation in a word, for example: ching will find ch'ing.

environmental health "climate change"
greenhouse effect, atmsopheric "hazardous waste?"
nature conservation "environmental law"
human beings--influence on nature "toxic waste?"
forest management “global warming”
endangered species “refuse disposal”
radioactive waste chemical? and (hazard? or toxic)
environmental policy ethic? and environment

 

Search Google Books

Part of Google's library-scanning project. Only books in the public domain are shown in full text. Others may have just a citation or show selected pages from the book. Remember, you can check SOUTHcat to see if we have a book you find in Google Books if the full text is not available.