Finding Books and Journal Articles

To find books or journal articles, you have three options:

1. Use the library's main search box

  • type in the keywords of your topic
  • this discovery tool searches most of the library's databases, simultaneously, for all types of material, ie: journal articles, book reviews, books/e-books, newspapers, magazines,videos, reports, etc.
  • each search can return many results (much like Google), so you must use the filters to refine your search results
  • use the Advanced Search and narrow by Subject terms (controlled vocabulary)
  • remember to login first if you are searching from 'off campus'

2.  Search specialized databases for Environmental Studies

  • these databases are focused on environmental studies & contain citations or full text links to journal articles, books, conference proceedings, reports, and dissertations
  • you will find more precise articles with fewer results to browse

Recommended databases for journal articles/books include:

3. Use a search engine

  • Google Scholar (access via the library's web site only) - Google Scholar is a large search engine that searches information on the web and provides links to full-text articles to which the Carleton Library subscribes, or to articles made freely available by the publisher. It also provides articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and scholarly articles posted on the web.
  • Although it is easy to use and includes 'cited by' and ranking features, it does not provide full text without a library subscription and the coverage for the humanities and social sciences is uneven. There is no 'filter option' for just scholarly publications and very few options to limit or narrow your search results.

Remember: If you cannot get a book or journal article at Carleton's library, you have borrowing privileges at the University of Ottawa Library with your ID cards. You can also register for a RACER account to have material brought in or emailed to you from other libraries.

Content last reviewed: September 19, 2018