Major Research Tools

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.


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.


Web of Science: Science Citation Index

Index
Coverage: 1955-present

Index covering the journal literature of science and technology. Allows you to search for a topic, an author, or for articles that cite a known author or work.


Other Suggested Research Tools

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.


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.


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.


Geographic Names Information System

Full-Text

The nation's official repository of domestic geographic names data. Provides location information and maps for almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features. (Information about foreign geographic feature names can be obtained from the GEOnet Names Server.)


Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Data, Gateway

The Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas is a collection of published and open access freshwater biodiversity maps in addition to a gateway for geographical information and spatial data at different scales. Includes background information, links to publications and data sources.


Global Volcanism Project

Reference

From the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, this site serves as a repository for historical and current information on volcanic events.  Includes interactive maps, images, activity reports and extensive indexes to the volcanoes of the world.


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. 


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.


Pennsylvania Geology

Full-Text

Materials relating to the geology and water resources of Pennsylvania from the PA Geological Survey, U.S.G.S., and others. Includes materials from the second (1874-1889), third (1899-1919), and fourth (1919-present) geological surveys of Pennsylvania.


USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Data, Gateway
Provides information on location and size of most earthquakes worldwide. Includes historical information on the bigger quakes and a "near real-time earthquake list" for those who want to follow current seismicity.

USGS Landslide Hazards

Data, Gateway
Useful data and links on landslides, as well as how they relate to other geologic processes and hazards.

USGS Map Locator

Visual Resource

Downloadable U.S. topographic maps from the USGS.


Volcano World

Reference, Visual Resource

Information and images of volcanoes of the world. Includes updates on current volcanic activity. From Oregon State University.