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Selected Resources for Environmental Science

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Library of Congress Subject Headings.

34th ed., 6 vols., 2012.
Kept on the long table by the main bank of EZRA/Web terminals.

Subject headings will be similar to, but may be different from those used in periodical indexes.

Call Numbers for Environmental Science

Following are some of the common call numbers for books on environmental topics. It is useful when browsing for books to have a general call number, but it is not a replacement for doing an EZRA (our online catalog) search.

GE for Environmental Sciences
QE for Geology
QH for Ecology
QR for Microbiology
S for Agriculture

Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: EZRA -- our online catalog
At other Ohio academic Libraries: OhioLINK
In North America For ILL: WorldCat

Books on Scientific Writing and Presentations

Scientific Writing: Easy When You Know How by Jennifer Peat et. al.
Link to electronic book
The Craft of Scientific Writing by Michael Alley
T11 .A37 1996
Scientific Papers and Presentations by Martha Davis
T11 .D324 1997
The Art of Scientific Writing by Hans Friedrich Ebel
QD9.15 .E23 2004

Reference Books

Below is a select list of reference books relating to environmental science. These books can be found in the science and main libraries as noted.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues (4 volumes)
Reference GE 10 .E523 2011
A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation
Reference GE10 .P375 2007
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (20 volumes)
Access Science @ McGraw-Hill: the Online Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
Reference Q123 .M15 2003 (6th edition)
A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences
Reference QE5 .D55 2013
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences (2 volumes)
Reference QE5 .E5137 1996
Encyclopdia of Geology (5 volumes)
Reference QE5 .E516 2005
Glossary of Geology
Main Stacks QE5 .G37 1980
Geology (2 volumes)
Main Stacks QE5 .G465 1999
A Dictionary of Biology
Reference QH 302.5 .D54 2008
A Dictionary of Biology
1996 Available Online
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Bioscience
Main Stacks QH302.5 .M382 2003 (2nd edition)
Encyclopedia of Environmental Biology (3 volumes)
Reference QH540.4 .E52 1995
Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
Main Stacks QH540.4 .L56 1998 (2nd edition)
Encyclopedia of Microbiology (4 volumes)
Reference QR9 .E53 2000 (2nd edition)


For entry level courses in Environmental Sciences, a general subject database can be a good place to start.

Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete is a multi-subject database containing both scholarly and popular publications. Some material is available in full-text. It is a good starting point for entry level courses.
Newspaper Source
Index to articles from 224 regional U.S. newspapers, eighteen international newspapers, six newswires, and nine newspaper columns. Some articles available in the full-text.

If you are in an upper level Environmental Sciences course you will likely want to try a more subject specific database.

Environment Complete
Covers all areas of environmental science and indexes 1,200 journals, some full-text.
Green File
Covers all aspects of human impacts on the environment. 1913 to present.

Since environmental science covers a lot of different areas, you may also need to search databases that are focused on other subjects such as biology, geology or chemistry.

Biosis Previews (Formerly Biological Abstracts)
Biosis Previews indexes articles from all fields of Biology.
Index to 200 years of articles on geology and earth sciences.
Index to over 4.8 million citations in all areas of agriculture, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library.
Web of Science -- Science Citation Index
Index and cited references for articles in the sciences.
Chemical Abstracts (STN Easy)
Chemical Abstracts covers all areas of Chemistry including those of interest to biologists. It is a good place to look for topics in the realm of Biochemistry. Unlike most of our databases, we have limited hours of access and a password is required. Please talk to a reference librarian to learn more about our hours of access and password.

A full list of all databases and indexes available at Wittenberg can be found at:


Periodicals are where most of the information for your research papers will come. Remember that there are scholarly publications as well as popular publications You will most likely want to stick to scholarly publications for your research. For hints on how to tell the two apart, please see Scholarly vs. Popular Articles.

Wittenberg owns many scientific journals in both print and electronic formats. The links below will help you to find out what journals we own, the format, and where they are located.

Journals the Library Has
This is a searchable index of the periodicals Wittenberg owns in electronic and print formats. Location and dates owned are also provided.

Journal Interlibrary Loan Form
Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles not owned at Wittenberg from other libraries. Please see the form for more details.


When using the internet, always be thinking critically about what you are viewing. Good and bad information both reside on the internet and it isn't always easy to tell the two apart. For hints on spotting good web pages, please see the library's page on Evaluating Web Sites.

If you choose to use internet sites as information resources, you must cite them just as you must cite a book or journal article. For help citing webpages and other online resources, take a look at Citing Electronic Resources.


If you are having trouble with your research, please contact Alisa Mizikar, the Science Librarian, via email at or call 937-327-7515. You can also contact any of the reference librarians at or at 937-327-7511.

Compiled by Alisa Mizikar.

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