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Environmental studies (sciences)

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  • emily [dot] mackenzie [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-7577

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

2. Searching the library catalogue

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
default: AND
e.g. landscape AND (ecology OR protection) will retrieve catalogue records containing the word landscape AND either ecology OR protection


3. Core databases for Environmental studies (sciences)


  • Scopus
    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.

Subject specific

  • 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.
  • GreenFILE
    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.

4. Selected Internet sites for Environmental studies (sciences)

Web Resources


5. Other resources

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