Key environmental studies reference works:
- Canadian Environmental Resource Guide
- Dictionary of Environment and Conservation
- Environmental Encyclopedia
- Green Cities
- SAGE Reference series on Green Society
- Oxford Reference Online
- State of the world (2017 edition in print only, REF HC59.A1S7)
- EarthEd: rethinking education on a changing planet
Search Summon to easily find peer-reviewed journal articles on any topic. Remember to refine your search by selecting the following options: Scholarly & Peer-Review, Journal Article and Discipline to obtain high quality, academic literature (see diagram below).
You can also limit your search to many other source types in Summon, such as books/e-books, newspapers, magazines, trade publications, videos, dissertations or conference proceedings. While many sources are published in different formats and written for specific audiences, they do not have solid authority as with the scholarly, peer reviewed literature.
You can also search subject-specific databases to find journal articles. They offer many advanced search features, only contain scholarly literature, and search results are more focused.
Subject-Specific databases for environmental studies:
- Academic Onefile
- Canadian Business and Current Affairs
- Environment Index
- Social Sciences Full Text
- TRID Transportation Research
- Web of Science
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.
- Alternatives Journal
- Ambio: a journal of the human environment
- Canadian Journal of Environmental Education
- Environmental Politics
- Ethics and the Environment
- Journal of Environment and Development
- Local Environment
- Society and Space (Environment and Planning D)
The red arrows on this sample Summon search show the elements selected to refine the search.
- Find Books (print, electronic or audio format)
Recommended book titles:
International Environmental Agreements Database Project (University of Oregon)
- Addicted to Plastic
- Bike City
- Dirty Energy
- My Brooklyn
- The Story of Stuff
- Water for Profit
Search Watmedia for films at other Ontario universities.
Key web sites:
- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
- David Suzuki Foundation
- Pembina Institute
- GreenPeace International
- World Resources Institute
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Natural Resources Canada
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- United Nations Environment Program
Click here for more government information.
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
Alternate Citation Guides:
- Communicating in geography and environmental sciences (print only)
- Making Sense; a student's guide to research and writing: geography and environmental sciences (print only)
- Writing an annotated bibliography: link to the Youtube video or web page for instructions
- Writing the research paper: link to the Youtube video
Writing Services: located on the 4th floor of the library
- offers students help with learning the mechanics of academic writing
- Make an on-campus appointment