Major Research Tools

Bioethics

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia covering topics related to bioethics, including genetically modified foods, social justice, sustainability, and chemical warfare.


Encyclopedia of Earth

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia cover "Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society." Entries written by experts in non-technical language. From the National Council for Science and the Environment.


Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Full-Text, Reference

Articles on issues pertaining to the full range of topics in the area of food and agricultural ethics.


Environment Complete

Full-Text, Index

Database covering the journal literature of environmental sciences, including applicable areas of ecology, energy, geography, pollution & waste management, law, public policy, and urban planning.


Environmental Encyclopedia

Full-Text, Reference

Provides in-depth, worldwide coverage of environmental issues. Each article is written in a nontechnical style and provides current status, analysis, and suggested solutions whenever possible.


GeoRef and GeoRef in Process

Index

Indexes the literature of geology, including journals, books, conference proceedings, maps, and USGS reports.


GeoScienceWorld

Full-Text, Index

Full-text of scholarly journals in geology integrated with GeoRef, an index of geological literature.


Google Scholar

Gateway

Search engine for scholarly materials including journal articles. Be sure to use WebBridge to link to Lafayette's resources. Note: if accessing from off-campus, sign in, go to "Settings" and search "Library Links" for "Lafayette." Check "Lafayette College - Lafayette WebBridge" to make WebBridge appear in search results.


GreenFILE

Index

Coverage: 1970s-present

Database of scholarly, governmental, and general-interest articles and books covering all aspects of human impact on the environment.


Web of Science

Index
Index covering the journal literature of science, technology, and the social sciences. Allows you to search for a topic, an author, or for articles that cite a known author or work. Includes citation metrics and funding information.

Other Suggested Research Tools

AGRICOLA

Index

Coverage: 1970-present

The premier index for agricultural literature. Produced by the National Agricultural Library.


Annual Reviews

Full-Text, Index

Index coverage: vol. 1 - present; Full-text coverage: 1996-present

Full text of articles reviewing the scholarly literature for a variety of topics in the physical, biomedical, and social sciences.


BioOne

Full-Text, Index

Coverage: 2000-present

Access to collection 1 with over 70 peer-reviewed journals in the life sciences. Coverage for most journals begins in 2000.


Center for International Earth Science Information Network

Data, Gateway

A center within Columbia University's Earth Institute, CIESIN provides an extensive gateway to data and other information focusing on human interactions in the environment.  Provides a topic search as well as subject access to spatial and tabular data sets held by CIESIN or hosted on its web site. 


Climate Data Online

Data

Climate Data Online (CDO) provides access to NOAA's archive of global historical weather and climate data in addition to station history information. These data include quality controlled daily, monthly, seasonal, and yearly measurements of temperature, precipitation, wind, and degree days as well as radar data and 30-year Climate Normals.


E&E Publishing

Full-Text

Daily news coverage of environmental and energy policy and markets via Environment & Energy Daily, Greenwire, Land Letter, and E&ENews PM.


Encyclopedia of Life

Full-Text, Reference

Database of information on each of the named species on Earth. Includes information on ecology and evolution of the species as well as descriptive information. From a consortium of leading natural history museums and research institutions.


Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

Full-Text, Reference

Reference database with peer-reviewed articles covering all basic and many applied aspects of the life sciences, with an emphasis on cell and molecular biology.


Energy Information Administration

Data, Gateway

Statistics and analysis from the U.S. Energy Information Administration


EnviroMapper

From the EPA, map various types of environmental information, including air releases, drinking water, toxic releases, hazardous wastes, water discharge permits and Superfund sites. See also TOXMAP, from the National Library of Medicine.


Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920

Full-Text

Part of the Library of Congress' American Memory project, this site documents the history and culture of the conservation movement in the U.S. It includes digitized books and pamphlets as well as photographs.


International Energy Agency

Data, Gateway

Statistics, news and publications from the International Energy Agency


IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Full-Text, Gateway

Repository for reports and documents on the climate and the environment, produced by IPCC and component groups. 


Land Use History of North America (Archive)

Full-Text

Looks at changes in land use and land cover in North America through 1998. From the USGS.


Monthly Climatic Data for the World

Data

Monthly mean temperature, precipitation, and other climatic data for weather stations from around the world dating back to 1948. From the National Climatic Data Center.


National Centers for Environmental Information

Data, Gateway

Provides access to wide range of services and sources for geophysical data. Areas include weather and climate, geomagnetism, earth observations from space, space weather and solar events, natural hazards, marine geology and geophysics, and ocean depth data.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate.gov

Data, Gateway

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate.gov is a source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate. Features news, data, maps, and policy information.


National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program

Full-Text

Assesses more than 50 river basin and aquifer systems. Includes data, summary reports, maps, and press releases. Search by state, basin, or topic such as pesticides, ecology, and urbanization.


PLANTS Database

Reference

From the U.S.D.A., this database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, Web links, and references.


Societal Aspects of Weather

Gateway

From the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, this site offers an extensive collection of links to numerous weather and disaster-related topics such as tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, and floods. Injury and damage statistics, weather policy, and emergency management links are also featured.


Three Mile Island 1979 Emergency

Full-Text

Site from Dickinson College covering the nuclear emergency at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Includes a collection of primary sources, such as utility industry reports and pamphlets, government documents, local newspaper articles, and interviews.


Toxicological Profiles

Full-Text

Toxicological profile information sheets are available for more than 250 hazardous substances found at National Priorities List (NPL) sites. Profiles are peer-reviewed and include health effects, chemical and physical information, regulations, a glossary, and references to key studies and other literature. Prepared by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a division of the CDC.


TOXNET (Toxicology Data Network)

Gateway

Cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas. It includes the Hazardous Substances Data Bank, TOXLINE, the Toxics Release Inventory, ChemIDplus, TOXMAP and more. (See the factsheet for information on database contents.) From the National Library of Medicine.


U.S. Climate at a Glance

Data

Current and historical temperature and precipitation data back to 1895 for selected cities, states, regions, and the nation. From the National Climatic Data Center, "the world's largest active archive of weather data."


U.S. Global Change Research Program

Gateway

Gateway site on global change including data, programs, research reports, and policy information. From the Data and Information Working Group, a collaboration of eight U.S. agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.


Web Soil Survey

Data

Detailed data on soil in counties across the U.S. From the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the USDA.


World Resources Reports

Full-Text

Reference volumes on global environmental and natural resource conditions and trends.


Yale Environment 360

Full-Text

Online magazine from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Features news and analysis on environmental issues.