Environmental Databases & Descriptions

Environmental Science Research Guide


ABI Inform Global indexes over 10,000 worldwide business periodicals for information on advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, finances, taxation and computers. There is also factual information on over 60,000 companies.

Alexander Street Press Vast Collection

VAST is a package of video collections, accessible through the new Academic Video Online cross-search.

Annual Reviews

A searchable database for bibliographic records from 1984-1995. Provides annual reviews of to over 29 fields in three subject areas (biology and medical sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences). Full-text from 1996 to the present. Updated annually.

Applied Science and Technology Full Text (H.W. Wilson):

Covers trade and industrial publications, journals issued by professional and technical societies, and specialized subject periodicals in sciences, engineering and technology from 1983 to the present.  

Biological and Agricultural Index Plus (H.W. Wilson):

Covers the entire range of sciences related to biology and agriculture. Indexes 335 key periodicals in the life sciences and agriculture. Includes current book reviews. Records cover 1983 to the present and are updated monthly.   

Current Contents Connect®

A database of journals and books covering the agricultural and life sciences.  Also includes reviews of and links to web resources.

Directory of Open Access Journals

This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. As of August5, 2010, there are 5,255 journals in the directory, 2,188 journals are searchable at article level, and 430,565 articles are included in the DOAJ service.


Covers every doctoral dissertation completed in the U.S. at accredited institutions from 1861 to the present. Includes some master's theses and World Languages and Cultures dissertations. Updated monthly.  

General Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson):

Indexing from 1984 for nearly 300 periodicals, many of which are peer-reviewed. In-depth abstracts of 50 to 150 words written by professionals with science backgrounds. From 1995 to the present, full text articles from nearly 100 periodicals.

GPO Government Printing Office

Consists of records published by the GPO since July 1976. Includes references to congressional committee reports and hearings, debates, documents from executive departments, and more. This database is updated monthly.


A research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology.

IEEE Electronic Library (IEL)

Provides full text access to IEEE transactions, journals, magazines, and conference proceedings published since 1988, plus select content back to 1950 and all current IEEE standards.


Ingenta is a document delivery service and comprehensive index to over 23,000 scholarly scientific and technical journals. Several options allow you to set up an alerting service or deposit account for ordering articles sent to your desktop. The copyright and service fee is quite pricey, but the database is handy for verifying citations.

Institute of Physics Journals (Full Text)

Provides access to 35 journals detailing all aspects of physics. Articles are available in abstract form with some articles being available in full text format. Covers the time period of 1980 to the present.

JSTOR (Full Text)

Provides full text access for scholarly journals in the areas of African-American studies, anthropology, Asian studies, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, and sociology. The Life Science Collection is also available. This database covers a complete journal run from the first issue up to the most recent three to five years.

Newspaper Source (EBSCO)

Newspaper Source provides cover to cover full text for 35 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. Also contains selective full text for 375 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television and radio news transcripts are provided.


Indexes every published congress, symposium, conference exposition, workshop and meeting received by the British Library Document Supply Centre. Indexing begins in 1993.


Proceedings indexes the published literature of the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia workshops and conventions in a wide range of disciplines.

ProQuest Science Journals

ProQuest Science Journals provides research support for both the applied and general sciences. Coverage begins in 1986.  The 740  journals cover topics relating to all major fields of study, including: Physics, Engineering, Astronomy, Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, and many more.

Science Direct

Includes the full text of 175 Academic Press journals. Its aim is to improve access to scientific journals starting with the complete 1996 issues. Over 2000 articles are added monthly. Subject areas covered in this database are applied sciences, social sciences, dentistry,  nursing, economics, business law and finance.

Scientific American Archive Online

For over 160 years, Scientific American has been the source for understandable, authoritative reporting on developments in every field of science. Access the entire editorial content of Scientific American, Scientific American Mind, and all special issues from January 1993 to the present.


SpringerLink is an integrated full-text database for journals and books published by Springer. SpringerLink currently offers full-text access to 73 philosophy journals and nearly 1000 philosophy books. To restrict your search to resources to which the Library has access, remove the check mark from the box that says “Include Preview-Only Content.”

Wiley Online Library

Indexes 1,000 journals, major reference works, online books, laboratory manuals and management resources. Fulltext of articles is available only for those journals to which the library subscribes. Indexing is interdisciplinary. Users may search all disciplines or select: business, life sciences, chemistry, mathematics and statistics, computer science, earth and environmental science, physics, astronomy, education, polymers and material science, engineering, psychology, law, and social sciences.
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