Maag Library provides access to Environmental Science books, journals and data through print and online resources. The specific resources listed below are a portion of what is available through the library. For individualized assistance, contact the Science and Engineering Librarian; for general assistance Ask a Librarian!
Use these encyclopedias, dictionaries and almanacs for background information about Environmental Science or for definitions and general information.
- Conservation and Enviromentalism: An Encyclopedia Ref GE10 .C68 1995
A one-volume encyclopedia with twelve entry classifications. This reference source is geared towards students and professionals in the environmental science field.
- Cooper’s Comprehensive Environmental Desk Reference Ref GE123 .C64 1996
This volume is presented in eight sections. It includes terms, acronyms, abbreviations, site assessment guidelines, HAP (Hazardous Air Pollutant) list, data conversions, and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) data.
- Encyclopedia of Biodiversity Ref QH541.15.B56 E53 2001x
Contains 313 lengthy articles, each with a glossary, a bibliography, and cross references.
- Encyclopedia of the Biosphere Ref GF75 .B5613 1999
This encyclopedia is an 11-volume work planned in accordance with the principles of UNESCO’s MAB (Man and the Biosphere) Program. It covers earth’s major biomes, their characteristics and their operations as well as the effects of human activity. Includes color photographs and is divided into these sections; 1. Our living planet , 2. Tropical rainforests , 3. Savannahs , 4. Deserts , 5. Mediterranean woodlands , 6. Temperate rainforests , 7. Deciduous forests , 8. Prairies and boreal forests , 9. Lakes, islands, and the poles , 10. Oceans and seashores , 11. The biosphere concept and index.
- Encyclopedia of Environmental Biology Ref QH540.4 .E52 1995
A three-volume set including a complete subject index with more than 10,000 entries and a directory of contributors. Includes bibliographies at the end of each section that identify the primary source.
- Encyclopedia of Environmental Science Ref GE10 .E54 1999
A one-volume encyclopedia that is arranged in alphabetical order and has over 200 contributing specialist authors. The encyclopedia contains long and medium essays, cross references, graphs, and charts.
- The Scientific American Science Desk Reference Ref Q173 .S427 1999
Divided into 15 sections covering a specific scientific discipline, this work includes sections on major topics, glossaries, chronologies of discoveries, biographies and information unique to that particular discipline, as well as further reading suggestions.
- World of Earth Science Ref QE5 .W59 2003
A guide to the concepts, theories, discoveries, pioneers and issues relating to topics in earth science. This encyclopedia contains approximately 650 entries in an alphabetical format.
Books can be found through MaagNet, the Maag Library online catalog, or through the OhioLINK Catalog, which locates items available at other OhioLINK institutions. These OhioLINK items can be requested and delivered to Maag Library for pickup.
Not certain about a topic? Finding materials by using Library of Congress Subject Headings could get you started; here are some topic suggestions:
- Earth sciences
- Environmental management
- Environmental protection
- Environmental sciences
- Human ecology
- Population biology
Browsing for Books
Environmental Science resources are located throughout the library; items in the Reference Room, Serials (journals) or in the circulating collection are all arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System. Once a useful book or journal is located in one of these areas, use that same call number to locate information on the same or similar topics in other areas of the library. See Call Numbers, Location, and Building Guide for assistance. Some of the call numbers where Environmental Science information can be found includes:
- GE 10 –Environmental science
- GF 1-22 –Human Ecology
- QH 540 –Ecology
In addition to print monographs, some full-text, scholarly, scientific monographs may be found through the Electronic Book Center (EBC) and the keyword search terms “Environmental Science.”
Finding Dissertations and Theses
The following databases may be used to search for related dissertations and theses published within the state, across the country, and world-wide. As with most research databases access to these two databases is available to current YSU faculty, students and staff from off campus via off-campus OhioLink access.
- Dissertation Abstracts
Provides citations and abstracts to theses and dissertations to colleges and universities in North America and Europe. (While some dissertations may be available through Interlibrary Loan, this is not always the case. Not all holding libraries loan dissertations and theses through ILL. In some instances there may be a fee.)
- Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center (ETD)
Online theses and dissertations from Ohio graduate students from participating Ohio colleges and universities.
Environmental Science articles are available in print and electronic sources. The information below will help decide where to begin searching for articles.
Articles in Print
Environmental Science journals that Maag Library receives in print can be located by searching MaagNet or browsing by call number. These journals are located on the sixth floor of Maag Library and are arranged in Library of Congress (LC) call number order.
Many Environmental Science journals are now available through online subscription databases and through the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center. Various terms can be used to search these databases, including author, subject, keywords and relevant dates. Most databases allow access by current YSU faculty, students and staff from off campus, although a few are restricted to in-library use only. For more information about connecting from home, see off-campus access.
- American Chemical Society (ACS) Journals
Use this database index for an initial search of chemistry articles.
- Electronic Journal Center (EJC)
Full-text journals from OhioLINK electronic journal subscriptions. Currently includes over 6000 scholarly journals in a variety of disciplines. To best benefit from this database, use the Earth Sciences category and select the appropriate sub-category or sub-categories.
- Environment Complete
This database covers ecological, hydrological, environmental issues and more from over 1200 national and international journals.
The database indexes geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports, and theses. The GeoRef database covers the geology of North America from 1785 to the present and the geology of the rest of the world from 1933 to the present. The database includes references to all publications of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Supplies full text articles from the very first volume to the last 3-5 years for approximately 240 titles in arts and sciences. Use the Advanced Search to select subcategories such as aquatic sciences, ecology and evolutionary biology, history of science and technology, and paleontology.
- Science Citation Index Expanded or ISI Web of Science
Current information as well as backfiles to 1900 are found in full text on the Web of Science. ISI Citation Databases include bibliographic information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals. It is indexed so that the researcher can look for specific articles by subject, author, journal, and/or author address. Additionally, it is possible to search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work.
- Science Now
Information from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- Science Online
A Facts on File encyclopedia of science disciplines
- SciFinder Scholar–Research Tool of the American Chemistry Society
There is a one-time required account registration with a confirmation delay before the database can be accessed. Recommended for faculty and graduate students only.
SciVerse Scopus contains comprehensive indexing for the scientific, technical, and medical sciences.
These databases provide a starting point for research; for other databases, visit the Research Databases page.
For additional assistance in finding journals available through Maag Library, use the Maag Journal Finder. You can search for a specific journal by title or ISSN.
The links below provide access to some Environmental Science resources on the Internet.
- Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC)
This division of the Department of Energy is a primary source for global climate change, greenhouse effect, and other related data.
- Encyclopedia of the Earth (EOE)
The EnviroLink Network is a non-profit organization which has been providing access to thousands of online environmental resources since 1991.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Environmental Science and Technology Online
The journal appears online; contributed material may appear as current research papers, policy analyses, or critical reviews.
- Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST)
An international society for the environmental sciences.
- National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)
A single-point entry to environmental information and data for use by participants in environmental enterprise.
- National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)
This division of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides geophysical data for the sea floor, the earth, and solar-terrestrial environment.
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
This division of Firstgov serves as a portal to science information and government agenices involved in science.
This comprehensive scientific research indexes not only journal content but also scientists’ ancillary scientific information.
- SpringerLink through OhioLink ON-CAMPUS ACCESS ONLY
Select the Earth and Environmental Sciences Collection and choose from various sub-categories in Environment or Geosciences to search for journal articles within specialized fields. Or, click BROWSE on the navigation bar to search among other resources.
- UNESCO: Natural Sciences
This UNESCO information source links data from a variety of sources and websites.
- United States Geological Survey (USGS)
This multidisciplinary website covers biology, geography, geology, and water.
- YSU Department of Geological and Environmental Studies