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SUS 200 / 231 - Environmental Science

This guide provides information resources to support the Environment Science class and assignments.

Key Resources

Key Resources


This page provides you with the best resources for your assignments.

For tips on how to make your research faster and easier visit the Searching Strategies page under the Guides page of this course guide.

Under the same section is a page that provides tips on how to Evaluate Resources

article databases

Article Databases

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Policy-Related Articles

Google Scholar - General Resource

Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Includes journal articles, book chapters and essays, and sometimes entire books. Text is frequently not available for free, but can be accessed using WorldCat or Interlibrary Loan.

A search example searching multiple databases

Searching Multiple Databases

This is a search on sustainab* AND agricultur* (occuring in titles, abstracts and subject headings) that searches in several databases simulteneously: Academic Search, Green File, EBSCO eBooks and Science Reference Center.

To select databases for simultaneous searching, click on "Choose Databases" at the top of the EBSCOhost search box.

(You can also follow the link to the search above and enter your own topic keywords.)

You can add other terms to the search to find more specific articles. For example, you might add other the search terms to the search limiting their occurrence to the Abstract.


finding background information

Finding Background Information

Key sources for background information

Key Resources

Sample searches in Science in Context



WorldCat - Books

WorldCat Research Station

Search for print books, eBooks, and other sources in ZL. Use Interlibrary Loan to access even more materials.

Search TU's WorldCat

World Cat

The WorldCat Research Station is the essential tool for finding books, eBooks, DVDs, etc. available in and through the Zondervan Library.

Field prefixes in WorldCat:

au: author
ti: title
su: subject
kw: keyword
yr: range of years -- e.g., 1980..2016

Here's a search on (ti:sustainab* AND agricultur*) OR (su:sustainab* AND agricultur*) ["'sustainable agriculture" or variant in a title or in a subject heading] and limited to resources available through the Zondervan Library.


Worldcat is also a very useful resource for generating interlibrary loan requests for books or articles:

Find citation/entry for item (e.g., book or article) --> Search by title (ti: prefix) in WorldCat --> Request Item through Interlibrary Loan.   See Google Scholar to WorldCat to ILLiad video

Google Books

Google Books

Search the entire text of a book for keywords and phrases.

Google Book Search


Google Books: Explores the contents of millions of digitized books.

Select "Search Tools" > Any Books > "Preview available" to discover fully "digitized" books.

To search within specific books.  See this brief video: limit the search to "Preview" books.   

“Get this book in print” --> “Find in a Library” will take you to where you can request a book via interlibrary when not available in Zondervan Library.

See this video on going from Google Books to finding the book in WorldCat in "print" format that can be requested through interlibrary loan.

Gray Literature

Finding Gray Literature

Finding Reports or "Gray Literature" or "White Papers"

It may not be easy to find reports or "gray literature" on some topics.  Three key tools are WorldCat Research Station, Google Scholar and perhaps most effective a Google Web search.

In WorldCat Research Station search your topic, then LIMIT by FORMAT limiting to "Archival material" and "Internet Resource".

What you find will often have a direct link (e.g., View Now) to the online resource.

In Google Scholar and Google Web, identify "gray literature" by noting the absence of a journal title, publication source and the use of "report OR paper OR briefing" in your search strategy.

In a Google Web search, go to Advanced Search and try limiting your topic to .org in the Site or Domain: field. You may also want to use ".pdf" in the search box with your search terms.

Another resource of potential value for "white papers": the Congressional Research Service (URL is to a Google Search "Congressional Research Service" to which you can add search terms.) 

Here is a search example on "sustainable agriculture".  

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