Resources for ENVS 3020: Advanced Writing for ENVS
Tar sands in Canada (from WikimediaCommons, Author Jungbim)
- Follow this link to download the VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your laptop or home computer. This will allow you to access all of CU-Boulder's subscription databases while you are off-campus.
Citing Your Work
- RefWorks CU
RefWorks is a database that lets you save your citations and then format them in the style of your choice. Check out this quick guide for help using this resource. FAQS for RefWorks: Tips on getting started and instructions on how to use RefWorks. Use the tab, Adding Resources, to find information on the various ways to add bibliographic information for your sources.
- Citing Sources
This guide goes over the various formats you can use to cite materials. It also provides links to quick citation sheets.
- Search Strategy Worksheet
Use this worksheet to develop your search strategy and record your keywords.
- Reference Universe CU is searchable by article titles and index terms found in back-of-the-book indexes from a wide variety of subject encyclopedias, compendia, handbooks, and other reference works.
- CQ Press Electronic Library CU
This database is a source of articles on and about the work of Congress.
Chinook is where you find books, periodical/journal titles (print and electronic), encyclopedias, government publications, and other resources available at CU.
- Research and Subject Guides Database
Want to find even more guides? This database contains all the guides from Government Information as well as all the other libraries on campus. You can find information on how to use databases, how to cite material, and how to start your research. Either click the box for a specific type of guide and then browse among lists of research guides, or do a keyword search (by topic, course, citation style, etc.).
- Find Articles and More
Databases are grouped by subject (e.g. Environmental Studies) and provide lists of citations. Look in different subject areas (Political Science, Biology, etc.) to get different perspectives on your topic/issue.
GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources)
This online resource covers issues of sustainability and the environment, with a special emphasis on emerging green technologies. Content includes news articles, videos, case studies and research reports. Interactive maps provide easy ways to search or browse by topic, country, or region.
This multidisciplinary resource provides access to material on all aspects of the human impact on the environment. It indexes scholarly, government and general publications.
- National Technical Reports Library CU
Produced by the National Technical Information Service, this database provides access to government-sponsored research reports done by experts in various scientific and technical fields. Over 600,000 reports are available full text online. The Government Information Library should have copies of most material indexed in the database.
This gateway to government science resources allows searches across more than 40 databases covering over 2,000 web sites. Science.gov users are able to find documents that traditional search engines like Google cannot find. The "Advanced Search" option lets users limit searches to a particular area of interest or source of information.
This is an international version of Science.gov that allows searching across the scientific and technical reports from over 50 countries.
- Congressional (ProQuest) CU
Use this database to find hearings with expert testimony showing differing points of view on issues debated before congressional committees. Hearings can help identify when an issue became a national concern as well as the major players in the national discussion.
- Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports CU
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the research arm of Congress. CRS reports are short (usually) background briefs prepared for members of Congress on any issue that is a topic of discussion. They are well researched, non-partisan, and include bibliographies that lead to more information.
Citing congressional information
- C-SPAN Video Library
This web site archives all of the C-SPAN videos from 1987-today. In here are videos of hearings, House and Senate debates, C-SPAN interviews, and much more.
- Yearbook of International Organizations CU
Search by keyword, geography, subject, and personal name to retrieve profiles of international organizations. Entries contain contact information, brief history, treaties administered, structure, lists of publications, and relationships with other international organizations. Results can be downloaded. Also features custom Google search entitled “Search IGOs” that searches the contents of websites of all intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), comprising over 3000 bodies including the United Nations, the European Commission, the World Bank, etc. The search is an excellent way to find authoritative information from international organizations.
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
This site features searchable thematic portals, such as Climate Change, Freshwater, Poverty & Environment, Sports & Environment, and Urban Issues. Each theme includes links to documents, current news, and, in some cases, searchable databases. For a comprehensive data search, check out the GEO data portal.
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Focusing mainly on world hunger, this site includes information on a broad array of topics, including agriculture, biosecurity, nutrition, consumer protection, economics, fisheries, forestry, sustainable development, trade, biotechnology, and gender and food security. For a subject-based list of resources from the FAO, check out this portal.
- Government Information Library's List of International Organizations
This page includes an extensive list of links to international governmental organizations from the Asian Development Bank to the World Trade Organization. It also has a search engine that lets you search across these organizations.
U.S. Federal Resources on the Environment
- Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is a leader in the nation's environmental science, research, education, and assessment efforts. The EPA develops and enforces environmental regulations; offers financial assistance to states, non-profits, and educational institutions; sponsors environmental research; sponsors partnerships and programs; and publishes research and reports.
- Browse Topics
Organizes topics by broad category. Links users to recommended EPA web pages for any given topic. Also includes an extensive alphabetical list of all topics.
- NSCEP/NEPIS (National Service Center for Environmental Publications and National Environmental Publications Internet Site)
Provides citations for the print materials and full-text access to the online publications from EPA, with over 28,000 digital documents.
- Rulemaking Gateway
Provides an overview of the EPA's rulemaking process and lets you see what is happening along each step, from pre-proposal to proposal to final rule.
- Browse Topics
This site provides online public access and a comment system for regulations and federal actions. The "Advanced Search" function provides access to rulemaking dockets and various non-rulemaking dockets from the EPA and other federal agencies. Dockets contain research reports and studies as well as the comments of individuals and organizations.
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Debra Van Tassel