Ka-Neng Au
1 September 2011
Learning Tools: Class Guides: Dana Class Guides:
Topics in Environmental History (510:568)
Prof. Neil Maher


Primary Sources

Environmental Issues: Essential Primary Sources
Covers the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries with "full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context."

New Jersey Environmental Digital Library. An online library of literature and multimedia relating to the New Jersey environment. The collection includes documents and reports, scientific studies, photographs, videos, maps, and more. The map collection and the GIS data can be searched or browsed independently. For many of the materials for which there is no full-text, it is possible to request that the item be scanned and the full-text added to the collection.


Consider starting with one or more of these online encyclopedias in Environmental Science to find essays on issues, themes, and topics. [Rutgers Restricted]

Encyclopedia of Environment and Society
Explores socio-environmental issues related to themes such as agriculture, animals, biology and chemistry, climate, conservation and ecology, countries, geography, history, movements and regulations, organizations, people, politics, pollution, and society.

Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change
Includes "articles that explore major topics related to global warming and climate changeó-ranging geographically from the North Pole to the South Pole, and thematically from social effects to scientific causes." Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Water Science
Provides coverage on vital issues including current laws and regulations; irrigation management; agricultural water economics; agroforestry; erosion control; nutrient best management practices; and water sanitation.

History in Dispute. Volume 7: Water and the Environment Since 1945: Global Perspectives
"Addresses heavily debated questions by offering different critical perspectives on major historical events, drawn from all time periods and from all parts of the globe."

Journal Articles

Then, use one or more of the following databases to locate articles published in scholarly and academic journals. [Rutgers Restricted] For the full-text of journal articles, click on or , which will lead to locations of the articles.

    Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Index. Provides access to information on environmental topics such as: air, marine, and freshwater pollution; detection, monitoring, and analysis of pollution; effects of oil spills; point and non-point pollution; sewage and wastewater treatment; industrial and municipal disposal of sludge; hazardous wastes and refuse; toxicology of pesticides; heavy metals; agricultural chemicals; risk assessment; and environmental action.

  • Sustainability Science Abstracts. Provides coverage on research dealing with the interactions between natural and social systems, and with how those interactions affect the challenge of sustainability: meeting the needs of present and aspirations of future generations while substantially reducing poverty and conserving the planetís life support systems.
    Science and Engineering
  • Applied Science and Technology Full Text. This database from H.W.Wilson is multi-dsciplinary and includes many articles in full-text

  • Compendex. Comprehensive bibliographic database providing broad coverage of engineering and applied science. Includes citations and abstracts from over 5,000 engineering journals, conferences and technical reports.

Recommended Internet Resources

Citing your Sources

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