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1. Sources for background information
If you are not sure what your topic is all about, look it up in a dictionary or encyclopedia. Start with:
Dictionaries and encyclopedias
- Dictionary of ecology
- Dictionary of environment and conservation
- Dictionary of human geography
- Encyclopedia of earth
- International encyclopedia of human geography
- Encyclopedia of environmental ethics and philosophy
- Encyclopedia of environmental science and engineering
- Encyclopedia of geography
- ENVIROnetBASE - environmental e-books
- Handbook of globalization and the environment
- Oxford companion to global change
- Van Nostrand's scientific encyclopedia
For more resources, consult the library catalogue: McGill WorldCat. You can search using words like - environment, environmental, ecology, ecolog?, biodiversity, etc.
Search tips for the library catalogue
|Truncation symbol:||*||e.g. ecolog* will retrieve catalogue records containing the words ecology, ecological, ecologically, etc.|
|Phrase searching:||"___"||e.g. "landscape ecology" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase landscape ecology|
|Boolean operators:||(), AND, OR, NOT |
|e.g. landscape AND (ecology OR protection) will retrieve catalogue records containing the word landscape AND either ecology OR protection|
A Full-text science and social sciences database that is capable of backward and forward ciation linking and includes citation counts.
- Web of Science 1900 to the present.
Three citation indexes: Science, Arts and Humanities, and Social Science. The Science Citation Index covers a range scientific & technical disciplines, such as biology, agiculture, chemistry, environmental science, biotechnology, physics and veterinary science.
- Environmental Science and Pollution Management Database
Comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences, including such disciplines as bacteriology, toxicology and toxic emission, environmental biotechnology, and energy resources. This database also includes Pollution Abstracts, Toxline, and Water Resources Abstracts.
- CAB abstracts
Covers the significant research and development literature in the fields of agriculture, forestry, aspects of human health, human nutrition, animal health, and the management and conservation of natural resources.
Covers aspects of human impact to the environment. Coverage includes:Global climate change, green building, pollution,recycling, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture.
- Canadian Electronic Library: Canadian public policy collection 2005 to the present
Publications from Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and public interest groups.
- Environmental News Network
- Environment Canada
- Natural Resources Canada
- United States Environmental Protection Agency
- FOEI-Friends of the Earth International
- Greenpeace Canada
- United Nations Environment Programme
- World Resources Institute