Shatford Library

Shatford Library

Sustainable Resources and the Green Movement

1. Library Catalog - Find Books and Media

The Library Catalog is a database of books, media and course reserves located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the Library Catalog. (

Basic Search

Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (eg. title field or subject field).

To find information about a person, use Basic Search within Subject Browse (select from the drop down menu).

To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject tab and type in a library subject heading.

Subject headings:

  • Alternative fuel vehicles
  • Climatic changes
  • Conservation of natural resources
  • Ecology
  • Energy conservation
  • Energy consumption
  • Energy development
  • Energy policy
  • Environmental degradation
  • Environmental management
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental protection
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Extinction
  • Global warming
  • Globalization
  • Green movement
  • Pollution
  • Recycling
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Solar energy
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable living
  • Traffic congestion
  • Water -- Pollution
  • Wind power

Related subjects (Narrower, Broader and See also):

  • Carbon dioxide -- Environmental aspects
  • Coal-fired power plants
  • Deep sea ecology
  • Eco-tourism
  • Ecofeminism
  • Ecological houses
  • Environmental indicators
  • Forest ecology
  • Habitat conservation
  • Indicators - Biology
  • International trade - Environmental aspects
  • Marine resources conservation
  • Nature -- Effect of human beings on
  • Nature conservation
  • Nuclear energy
  • Petroleum reserves
  • Power resources
  • Refuse and refuse disposal
  • Social responsibility of business
  • Transportation -- United States -- Planning
  • Urban transportation policy
  • Water-supply
  • Water rights

To search for a title you have two options: 1. select title from the drop down menu (to search by title keyword) or 2. select title browse from the drop down menu, to search by exact title wording. (Skip the first word of the title if it is an article, e.g. 'a', 'an' or 'the').

To search by author, select the Author tab, then type in the author's last name, then first name, e.g. 'Carson, Rachel'.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search is used to combine topics, select search fields, and use other limitors to narrow a search.  You may want to search for an item using part of a title and selecting the title field from the drop down menu.  Another option is to search by ISBN.

  • Example: human beings (as a phrase, keyword anywhere) AND environment (all of these, keyword) AND effect (keyword)

To search by keyword, type in the words you want to search for, then select from the menu whether you want to search for all of these, any of these (e.g., RNA or ribonucleic acid), or as a phrase (e.g., marine resources conservation).

Examples of combined searches:

Search for: crops farms agriculture [any of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere] AND Search for: climate [all of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]

Search for: landfills [all of these],
Search in: [Keyword Anywhere] AND Search for: recycling [all of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]

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2. Reference Books

Basically, there are two kinds of reference books: general resources, which are broad in scope and deal with all fields; and specialized resources, which deal with specific disciplines such as ecology. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library.

Specialized Dictionaries

  • Dictionary of Ecology REF 577.03 D 1
  • Dictionary of Ecology and Environmental Science REF 363.7 D 1
  • Dictionary of the Environment REF 574.503 A 1
  • Dictionary of Dangerous Pollutants, Ecology and Environment REF 363.7003 T 1
  • Animal Behavior Desk Reference: a dictionary of animal behavior, ecology, and evolution REF 591.5 B 11
  • Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science REF 503 U 2
  • Facts on File Dictionary of Environmental Science REF 363.7003 W 1, 2007
  • Dictionary of Environmental Science and Technology REF 363.7003 P 1
  • Dictionary of Environmental & Civil Engineering REF 624.03 W 1-2
  • Dictionary of Environmentally Important Chemicals REF 363.1791 A 1

Specialized Encyclopedias

  • Encyclopedia of Wood: a tree-by-tree guide to the world's most versatile resource REF 674.03 E 1
  • Environmental Encyclopedia REF 363.7003 E 3
  • Encyclopedia of Global Change: environmental change and human society REF 363.7003 E 2
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Studies REF 363.7003 A 1
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues REF 363.7003 E 1
  • Wiley Encyclopedia of Energy and the Environment REF 333.7903 W 1
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Biology REF 574.503 E 1
  • Conservation and Environmentalism: an Encyclopedia REF 363.7003 C 1
  • Encyclopedia of Endangered Species REF 591.52 E 1
  • Encyclopedia of Community Planning and Environmental Management REF 307.12 S 1
  • Grzimek's Encyclopedia of Ecology REF 301.3 G 1
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Environmental Science REF 301.3 M 1

Almanacs and Yearbooks

  • Cousteau Almanac: an inventory of life on our water planet 574.5 C 5
  • Sand County Almanac Illustrated 574.9 L 3-4
  • Our American Land 630 O 1
  • Cutting Energy Costs 333.79 U 1
  • World Wildlife Yearbook 591.5 W 3

Handbooks, Manuals, Directories

  • Parks Directory of the United States REF 917.304 S 1
  • Environmental Career Directory 371.4253637 E 1
  • Environment, Origins, and Population REF 970.1 H 8, v. 3
  • Rainforests of the World: a reference handbook 577.34 G 1
  • American Insects: a handbook of the insects of America north of Mexico REF 595.7 A 1
  • Global Ecology Handbook: what you can do about the environmental crisis 363.7 G 1
  • Nature in the West: a handbook of habitats 574.50978 R 1
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3. Databases and Indexes - Find Articles

To access databases from the main library page, look for Browse Databases by Name |  by Subject (

A freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment. Provides approximately 295,000 citations from open access scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. Full text available for more than 4,600 records.
Opposing Viewpoints:
Articles about social issues. Includes opinion articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, and full-text periodical articles from magazines and newspapers.
CQ Researcher:
Articles covering controversial issues with summaries, insight into all sides of the issues, bibliographies and more. (coverage since 1991)
Thousands of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles covering all disciplines. Includes scholarly journal articles.
Science Full Text Select (WilsonWeb):
Full text science database that covers approximately 320 journals in a broad range of science topics. Includes scholarly journal articles.
SIRS Knowledge Source :
Articles about Arts and Humanities, articles from popular magazines, newspapers and U.S. government publications. Look under "Government Reporter", Domestic Affairs, Environmental Protection and Conservation or search by government department (eg. Energy Department).
Encyclopedia Britannica Online:
The complete Encyclopedia Britannica with related web links.
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4. Resources on the World Wide Web

Finding reliable information on the web can be difficult. Use the ipl2 site or see recommended websites below.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change
United Nations Environment Programme
Climate Change (U.S. EPA)
American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
Renewable Resource Data Center
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The California Solar Initiative
Energy Tutorial
Green Design/Sustainable Architecture: Resources
Wind & Water Power Program
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center
Alternative & Advanced Fuels: Biodiesel
Harvesting Clean Energy
Alternative and Renewable Fuel & Vehicle Technology Program
Popular Mechanics: Alternative Fuel
The City Project
Shrinking the Carbon Footprint of Metropolitan America
Clean Air-Cool Planet
Wastes (U.S. EPA)
Water Recycling and Reuse: The Environmental Benefits
Garbage: How Can My Community Reduce Waste?
Smart Growth America
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last updated: 07/15/2011 by S. Coates, P. Johnson revision #7