Environmental Studies

This guide is intended as a starting point for students. Contact Susan Tudin, Geography and Environmental Studies Subject Specialist, for online or email consultations. 


Your assignments at university are an invitation to join a scholarly conversation by exploring topics in depth, formulating a unique research question, examining the research of others along with primary sources, building an argument, and drawing your own conclusions.  A good research topic is one that sparks your interest and allows you to ask new questions in order to find meaningful answers. This guide is intended to help you get started.

Pick a research topic

Key environmental sources:


Search Omni, the library's main search box to easily find peer-reviewed journal articles on any topic.  Remember to refine your search by selecting the following options: Peer-Reviewed Journals, Articles and Subject (optional) to obtain high quality, academic literature. For more help, use the Omni Search Tips

Recommended databases for environmental studies:

For more databases, browse the databases by subject list.

Key Environment Journals

Note: If the library does not have what you need, you can order books and/or journal articles from other libraries through RACER. If you are a first time user, you must register first before you can start using it.

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Referencing your sources is an important part of academic writing. Why?

  • it lets you acknowledge the ideas or words of others if you use them in your work
  • it helps you to avoid plagiarism
  • it demonstrates that you are using the scholarly record and that you can provide authority for statements you make in your term paper
  • it enables readers to find the source information

Geographers most often use APA citation style:


Content last updated: September 24, 2020