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Books in the CSUMB Library

The CSUMB Library Catalog lists books and videos in the CSUMB Library's collection.

Check here for a quick list of books on:
environmental ethics
environmental justice
environmental policy
environmentalism and environmental movements
human and social ecology
conservation and endangered species
global warming and climate change

Selected Online Reference Sources

Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America
Climate Change: In Context
Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy
Encyclopedia of Sustainability
Environmental Encyclopedia
Environmental Issues: Essential Primary Sources
Environmental Justice: A Reference Handbook
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy
Pollution: A to Z
Renewable and Alternative Energy Resources: A Reference Handbook
Waste Management: A Reference Handbook
Water: Science and Issues

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Books at Other Libraries

First try...
CSU Union Catalog to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.

Then try...
MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region
Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California
WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the catalogs above.

Library databases

Highly recommended:
Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management
comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences
scholarly, government and general-interest titles on all aspects of human impact to the environment

Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts
environmental science of marine and freshwater environments
Biological Abstracts
life science and biomedical research literature
Search Government Publications via GPO Federal Digital System
indexes U.S. government documents, legislation and regulations, including congressional committee reports and hearings
Social Sciences Index
anthropology, economics, geography, law and criminology, political science, social work, sociology, and international relations

Others to consider:
Academic OneFile
interdisciplinary coverage of journals
Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)

interdisciplinary index to journals and magazines
Annual Reviews Backfile
authoritative scientific review articles synthesizing prior research
Conference Papers Index
papers and poster sessions presented at major scientific meetings
Google Scholar
broadly interdisciplinary coverage of scholarly publications
JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection
extensive backfiles of selected research journals
Science Direct (Elsevier)
peer-reviewed journals in physical and life sciences
SpringerLink Journals
peer-reviewed journals in life and physical sciences
Water Resources Abstracts
technical and scientific literature on water-related topics covering the characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use and management of water resources
Wiley Interscience
peer-reviwed journals in physical and life sciences

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Once you have located citations to journal articles, follow the Find Text button to determine whether the text of an article is available in the Library or through its subscription databases. More...

You may also consult the CSUMB Journals List for a list of journals available at CSUMB in the library or online.

California and West Coast

CERES - California Environmental Resources Evaluation System
California Coastal Commission Publications a variety of Web documents on coastal issues of regional relevance
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary a wealth of local information on aquatic and marine topics
Former Fort Ord Environmental Cleanup Web Site
California Natural Diversity Database from California Department of Fish and Game
California Department of Conservation
California Climate Change Portal
California Climate Change Center at UC Berkeley
California Environmental Protection Agency
West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health California, Oregon and Washington

Online dictionaries and reference sources

Terms of Environment from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The Encyclopedia of Earth
StreamNet Glossary of Terms Related to Fisheries Management
Encyclopedia Britannica Online has numerous brief articles on environmental topics
Biodiversity and Conservation, a hypertext book by Peter J. Bryant, UC Irvine
Integrated Assessment of Climate Change: The Model Visualization and Analysis Service from CIESIN


Science.Gov portal to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies
Congressional Research Service Reports on the Environment
Congressional Research Service Reports alternate, updated collection
Resources for the Future issue papers
National Council for Science and the Environment
The Encyclopedia of Earth
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
ECOTOX Database of single chemical toxicity data for aquatic life, terrestrial plants and wildlife.
Environmental Justice Resources
U.S. Department of Energy Information Bridge
U.S. Global Change Research Information Office
Ecosystem Resources from USGS
National Wetlands Research Center
Water Quality Information Center US National Agricultural Library
Pew Oceans Commission reports and analyses on marine resource management
BISON Biodiversity Information Serving our Nation from USGS

Environmental studies portals

Environment via Yahoo!
EarthTrends Environmental Information Portal from World Resources Institute
GEO Data Portal online data and graphs from the U.N. Environment Programme
Environmental Issues from About.com
Greener a search engine for all things green
Virtual Library - Environment


Global Change Master Directory from NASA
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Environmental Evidence Library from the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the UN
United Nations Environmental Programme

General Interest & Practical Tips

Greening Schools
Story of Bottled Water
Environmentally Friendly Cars
Recycling 101

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