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Subject: Environment & Natural Resources databases

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Environment & Natural Resources titles

  • Academic Search Premier   

    Multidisciplinary indexing/full-text database that covers scholarly journal articles back to 1975. On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • AccessScience   

    Science full-text reference database that covers encyclopedia articles, biographies, media, study aids and news sources. On a McGraw-Hill platform.

  • AGRICOLA (National Agricultural Library)    UW login not required

    Major agricultural indexing database that is based on the National Agriculture Library collection and includes journal articles, book chapters, books, theses, patents, software, media and technical reports back to 1984. On the NAL platform.

  • American Memory    UW login not required

    History full-text archive that reproduces print, spoken words, sound recordings, photos, films, prints, maps and sheet music from the Library of Congress collections. On the free American Memory platform. NOTE: Most of the original American Memory collections have been migrated to the Library of Congress Digital Collections site.

  • Aqualine   

    Water resources indexing database that covers scholarly and trade journals, reports, conference papers, books and theses back to 1960. Part of the ProQuest Aquatic Science Collection.

  • Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA)   

    Major aquatic indexing database in six parts that covers biology, oceanography, aquaculture, pollution and biotechnology journals, books, reports, conference papers and limited distribution literature back to 1971. Part of ProQuest Aquatic Science Collection and ProQuest Biology Science Collection.

  • Biological Abstracts   

    Major biology indexing database that covers journal articles back to 1926. On the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Birds of North America Online   

    NOTE: Replaced by Birds of the World as of March 2020. Zoology reference database that provides life histories (with photos, maps and sounds) for all birds that breed in the USA and Canada. On the Cornell Lab of Ornithology platform.

  • Birds of the World   

    Zoology reference database that provides life histories (with photos, maps, and sounds) for all species of birds throughout the world. On the Cornell Lab of Ornithology platform.

  • Book Citation Index   

    Index to scholarly books with citation information in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Part of the Web of Science Core Collection on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • CAB Abstracts   

    Agricultural indexing database that covers journals, annual reports, books, conference papers and theses back to 1973. On the EBSCOhost platform. Simultaneous user limit of 4.

  • CAB Abstracts Archive   

    Agriculture indexing database that covers journals, annual reports, books, conference papers and theses from 1910 to 1972. On the EBSCOhost platform. Simultaneous user limit of 4.

  • ClimateWire   

    A news source for the effects of climate change and its effects on business, the environment and society.

  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index   

    Index to conference proceedings in the sciences and social sciences. Part of the Web of Science Core Collection on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • CQ Magazine (formerly CQ Weekly)   

    Government full-text magazine that covers the activities of the U.S. Congress back to 1983. On the CQPress Electronic Library platform.

  • Current Contents Connect   

    Database providing complete tables of contents, abstracts, and bibliographic information from the most recently published issues of leading scholarly journals. On the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Data Citation Index   

    Index of data studies and data sets in international repositories, covering social sciences, physical sciences, life sciences, and arts & humanities, with citation information. On the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • E&E News PM   

    Full-text news database providing coverage of breaking and developing policy news from Washington DC, around the country and around the world. Updated daily at 4:30 pm Eastern time.

  • Ecology Abstracts   

    Ecology Abstracts focuses on how organisms of all kinds - microbes, plants, and animals - interact with their environments and with other organisms. Included are relevant papers on evolutionary biology, economics, and systems analysis as they relate to ecosystems or the environment.

  • EnergyWire   

    A source of news on business and political issues surrounding the rapidly expanding unconventional energy industry.

  • Environment Abstracts   

    This database encompasses all aspects of the impact of people and technology on the environment and the effectiveness of remedial policies and technologies, featuring more than 950 journals published in the U.S. and abroad. The database also covers conference papers and proceedings, special reports from international agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, associations and private corporations. Other materials selectively indexed include significant monographs, government studies and newsletters.

  • Environmental Engineering Abstracts   

    This database is a comprehensive index to world literature on all technological and engineering aspects of air, water and soil quality, environmental safety, sustainability and energy production.

  • Environmental Impact Statements   

    Environmental full-text database that covers environmental impact statements back to 1985 with full-text back to 2003. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Environmental Issues Online   

    Environmental Issues Online brings together multimedia materials (text, archival primary sources, video and audio) around key environmental challenges, including climate change, water/air pollution, biodiversity, conservation, agriculture, deforestation and more. The database is curated around specific environmental issues and events from the 20th and 21st centuries. Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the field of Environmental Studies, content is drawn from the social sciences, ecology and earth science, and the humanities.

  • Environmental Studies (Gale in Context)   

    Database focused on the study of sustainability and the environment, providing news, background information, video, commentaries, primary source documents, and statistics in research areas including energy systems, healthcare, food, climate change, population, economic development. On a Gale platform.

  • Environmental Studies and Policy (Gale OneFile)   

    This collection contains more than 3.3 million articles, addressing such issues as global warming, climate change, alternative energy, environmental policy, going green, recycling, soil, plants, agronomy and much more.

  • Environmental Studies in Video   

    Environmental Studies in Video will contain 500 hours of film covering all realms of environmental studies, particularly ethics, policy, economics, law, sociology, planning, and environmental science. The collection addresses specific topics including alternative energy, pollution control, eco-design, sustainability, farming and agriculture, the food industry, LEED certification, waste issues, and climate change.

  • Essential Science Indicators   

    Science research analysis database showing publication performance statistics and trends data based on journal article publication counts and citation data from Thomson Reuters databases. On the InCites platform.

  • Filmakers Library Online Volumes 1 & 2   

    Multidisciplinary video-streaming platform presenting award-winning documentaries and independent films. The collection contains 1,019 films and 806 hours of content. Transcripts are available for 87% of the collection. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Forest History Society (FHS) Database    UW login not required

    Forestry indexing database that covers books, journal articles and dissertations back to 1633. On the Forest History Society platform.

  • Forest Inventory and Analysis    UW login not required

    Reports from the U.S. Forest Service on status and trends in forest area and location; in the species, size, and health of trees; in total tree growth, mortality, and removals by harvest; in wood production and utilization rates by various products; and in forest land ownership.

  • General Science (Gale OneFile)   

    The General Science Collection includes more than 350 full-text, non-embargoed journals and more than 1.6 million articles. Key subjects covered include the biological sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.

  • GeoRef   

    Major geology indexing database that covers maps, journals, books, conference papers, reports and theses. It covers North American geology back to 1669 and world geology back to 1933. On the ProQuest platform.

  • GeoScienceWorld   

    Major geology database platform that combines the GeoRef indexing database and full-text eJournal collection from major geoscience societies.

  • GreenFILE    UW login not required

    Environmental indexing/full-text database that selectively covers journals, magazines and government documents. On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • Greenwire   

    A database including news on major environmental and energy-related events.

  • Historical Sea Ice Atlas    UW login not required

    Mapped historical data about sea ice from the oceans surrounding northern Alaska. Allows downloading of source data.

  • Humanities Index   

    Humanities indexing database that covers journal, magazine and newspaper articles published in the UK and other English-speaking countries back to 1962. On the ProQuest platform.

  • IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] Reports and Data    UW login not required

    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's publications including Assessment Reports (published materials composed of the full scientific and technical assessment of climate change, generally in three volumes, one for each of the Working Groups of the IPCC, together with their Summaries for Policymakers, plus a Synthesis Report); Special Reports (an assessment of a specific issue and generally follow the same structure as a volume of an Assessment Report); and Methodology Reports (practical guidelines for the preparation of greenhouse gas inventories).

  • JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments)   

    Video journal offering demonstrations of experiments in biology, neuroscience, immunology and infection, medicine, bioengineering, engineering, chemistry, environment, and developmental biology.

  • JSTOR (Journal Storage Archive)   

    Multidisciplinary eJournal platform that provides complete back runs of journals in the following licensed collections: Arts & Sciences I-IV and VII, Life Sciences, Plant Sciences, Current Scholarship and Early Journal Content. On the JSTOR platform.

  • JSTOR Global Plants   

    Botanical indexing/full-text database the reproduces backfiles of journals to their beginnings, botanical specimens, reference works, correspondence and illustrations. On the JSTOR platform.

  • JSTOR Sustainability Collection   

    Collection includes journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of sustainability. The subjects of resilience and sustainability are explored broadly, covering research on environmental stresses and their impact on society.

  • Library of Congress Digital Collections    UW login not required

    Gateway to over 300 digital collections maintained by the Library Of Congress including documents, photographs, motion pictures, sheet music, sound recordings, and more.

  • Lyell Collection   

    Geology indexing/full-text database of full-runs of selected journals, special publications and books from the Geological Society (U.K.). On the Geological Society platform.

  • Macaulay Library    UW login not required

    Online archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings, with a focus on birdsong. Maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

  • Oceanic Abstracts   

    Worldwide technical literature pertaining to the marine and brackish-water environment. The database focuses on marine biology and physical oceanography, fisheries, aquaculture, non-living resources, meteorology and geology, plus environmental, technological, and legislative topics. This database is comprehensive in its coverage of living and non-living resources, meteorology and geology, plus environmental, technological, and legislative topics.

  • OnePetro   

    Petroleum full-text database that provides research reports from a number of energy-related societies. On its own platform.

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context   

    Current events full-text database the collects materials (articles, reference books, media) on controversial issues. On the Gale In Context platform.

  • OurEnergyPolicy.org    UW login not required

    Database aggregating and indexing publicly available reports, white papers, studies, journal articles, and other materials aboutenergy policy. Topics include: Biofuels, Climate Change, Coal, Electric Vehicles, Energy Efficiency, Energy Security, Environment, Hydropower, Legislation, Natural Gas, Nuclear, Oil, Regulation, Solar, Technology, Wind and more.

  • Petroleum Abstracts   

    A comprehensive source of information on the oil and gas exploration and production industry.

  • Pollution Abstracts   

    Pollution Abstracts combines information on scientific research and government policies in a single resource. Topics of growing concern are covered from the standpoints of atmosphere, emissions, mathematical models, effects on people and animals, and environmental action in response to global pollution issues. To ensure comprehensive coverage, material from conference proceedings and hard-to-find documents has been summarized along with information from primary journals in the field. Subject coverage: air pollution, marine pollution, freshwater pollution, sewage and wastewater treatment, waste management, land pollution, toxicology and health, noise, radiation, and environmental action.

  • PubAg    UW login not required

    National Agricultural Library's search engine covering research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. Contains full-text articles relevant to the agricultural sciences, along with citations to peer-reviewed journal articles with links to publisher sites and elsewhere for full-text access. Covers all of the core topics of the agricultural sciences including nutrition, food safety, food quality, animal and crop production and protection, natural resources, sustainable agricultural systems, rural development, agricultural economic and policy issues, agricultural imports and exports, agricultural statistics, extramural research, and Extension education.

  • Science (Gale in Context)   

    Science In Context integrates authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos, showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity. Millions of full-text articles are drawn from hundreds of national and global newspapers, magazines, and journals. More than 200 experiments and projects from U*X*L Experiment Central provide practical experience. Content is aligned to national and state science standards, including Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Project 2061. Subject areas covered include biographies; biology; chemistry; earth and environmental science; general science; health and medicine; math, engineering and technology; and physics and astronomy.

  • Science Citation Index   

    Science indexing database covering journal articles and citation information back to 1900. Part of Web of Science on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • SciFinder Scholar   

    Major chemistry indexing database covering journals, patents, dissertations, books, and websites. Also covers specialized substance and reactions sources. Access requires creation of a personal account.

  • SciFinder-n (new interface)   

    New interface to this major chemistry database covering journals, patents, dissertations, books, and websites, as well as specialized substance and reactions sources. Also includes the MethodsNow database of full synthetic protocols, the PatentPak interactive patent mapping tool, and the Retrosynthesis Computer-Aided Synthetic Design (CASD) module for automated retrosynthesis planning. Access requires creation of a personal account; logins previously created for SciFinder Scholar remain valid for SciFinder-n.

  • SciTech Collection   

    Areas covered include materials science, aerospace engineering, civil engineering, biology, aquatic sciences, environmental science, computer science and earth sciences in addition to many more. It fully incorporates ProQuest Natural Science Collection and ProQuest Technology Collection.

  • Scitech Connect (OSTI - includes Energy Citations Database)    UW login not required

    Repository of technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, and data funded by the U.S. Department of Energy from the 1940s to today. Consolidates the contents of OSTI's Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database.

  • Treesearch    UW login not required

    Full-text database of publications by Research and Development scientists in the US Forest Service, including papers appearing in journals, conference proceedings, or books.

  • VIVO (USDA)    UW login not required

    Database of research being conducted by US Department of Agriculture scientists.

  • Web of Science (core collection)   

    Multidisciplinary indexing database that combines journal citation index databases in arts & humanities, social sciences and sciences, as well as conference proceedings and book citation indexes. The Current Chemical Reactions and Index Chemicus databases are also included in the Core Collection. All component databases can be searched separately as well.

  • Wilderness.net    UW login not required

    Comprehensive, inter-agency database of information about all U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service and National Park Service wilderness areas.

  • Wiley Online Library   

    Multidisciplinary collection of library-licensed journals and ebooks published by Wiley and associated publishers.


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