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ES 103 Introduction to Environmental Studies

Library Research: International Environmental Project


1. Google Searching vs Library Database Searching
2. Wikipedia - Is it starfish or sea star?
3. Discovery Search - Search library resources in ONE interface
3. Environmental Studies Resources / Country Study Resources / Books
4. Managing your research results / APA Citation Style 
    - RefWorks
    - MyEbscohost
5. How to find Journal "locations" / ES Journals / Newspapers
6. Evaluating Your Sources

International Environmental Project

Listed below are selected library resources to start your research for background on your chosen country.  Start with specialized reference sources to get background information.  Journal articles and books can be researched for your country as you get deeper into your subject.  Researched your country’s culture, history, demographics, economic indicators, politics, gender relations, ethnic, racial and religious makeup, and most pressing environmental problems.

Note: Library resources will give citations in MLA or APA format that you may use in your bibliographies. 

RefWorks allows you to import references from online databases, organize your references into folders, and then create bibliographies.  You can select from a variety of style forms (eg APA, MLA).  RefWorks is free to the SMC community and available from any computer with Internet access.

Reference Sources

Europa World
Europa World is the online version of the Europa World Year Book. First published in 1926, the year book covers political and economic information on over 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Political Handbook of the World
Provides information on the major aspects of each country's government and political party as well as data on communications and news media.

Credo Reference
Search a large number of subject and general reference sources

Global Road Warrior

eHRAF World Cultures

Gale Virtual Reference 
Search a broad range of subject encyclopedias

CIA World Factbook
Country information and maps which is in the public domain. It may be copied without obtaining permission from the Central Intelligence Agency.


A toZ Maps Online
Thematic maps from the world.

Credo Reference
Do an image search on your country in specialized encyclopedias and atlases.

Country Studies
Online book-length versions of sources previously published by the U.S. government for diplomats.

(Environmental Science)


Google Public Data Explorer
Makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. Includes visualizations for data from the World Bank, OECD, Eurostat, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and more.

LexisNexis Statistical

World Development Indicators

ProQuest Statistical Insight  - example

United Nations data search allows you to search across multiple sources such as UNESCO, Food and Agriculture Organization, etc.

Statistics and reports from United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Click on Worldwide from the menu and select a UNESCO region to pull up various countries.

World Bank
Select a country from the Countries menu button and find statistics, publications, and special reports related to that country.

UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing Countries provides country profiles on least developed countries. See List of Least Developed Countries.

The World Health Organization a branch of the United Nations provides statistics and reports related to health trends globally.

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