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Helicopter over a flooded Central Mozambique (Center for Climate Security)


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Reference Resources

Gale Virtual Reference Library CU

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.


CQ Press 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.


If you find something that you need but cannot get through our Library, you can make requests for items that we do not hold through Prospector or ILL



Complete with the latest research on pollution reduction, emissions, and environmental contamination, this e-book collection provides complete access to references on methods for site assessment, remediation, and soil and water quality monitoring.




Articles and Online Resources

GREENR CU (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.


Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management CU

Abstracts and citations from scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications on the environmental sciences


Greenfile CU
This multidisciplinary resource provides access to material on all aspects of the human impact on the environment. It indexes scholarly, government and general publications.

More Article Databases

Find Articles
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.


Technical Reports

Technical reports are government funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related studies or documents. NTIS acquires, indexes, abstracts, and archives the largest collection of U.S. government-sponsored technical reports in existence

Over 350 topics are covered so you are bound to find something in here that is related to your subject. These are reliable, data-based reports vetted by real researchers in these fields.


National Technical Reports Library CU
Government-sponsored research reports by experts in various scientific and technical fields.


This gateway to government science resources finds documents that traditional search engines like Google cannot find.



Very similar to Science.gov, this is a gateway to international government science resources.

Congressional Materials

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. A component of Congressional. Limit your search to CRS Reports in the advanced search box.


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.


Citing congressional information

The government information library has completed a short guide to citing congressional information on this website.

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. 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. 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.


Custom Google Search for IGO's


This custom Google search allows you to look for information, data, reports, and statistics from Intergovernmental Organizations


Search IGO (Intergovernmental Organization) web sites:

US Federal Resources on the Environment

Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is a leader in the nation's environmental science, research, education, and assessment efforts.

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.


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.

This site provides online public access and a comment system for regulations and federal actions. Dockets contain research reports and studies as well as the comments of individuals and organizations.



Citing Your Work


You'll be working with a lot of references for this project, and there are several tools that will make managing your research easier. You'll never lose a citation again, or have to deal with a text document full of links. In this class, we’ll be working with Zotero, but let one of your librarians know if you’d like to try another system.


These citation management tools will help you manage your literature research, cite, and create bibliographies.


Zotero is an open source tool that works with Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. Your folders of citations exist on your computer, and you can back them up to the internet cloud. It quickly creates bibliographies and formats papers in many citations styles. Here are some resources to help you use Zotero:


Citing Sources
This guide goes over the various formats you can use to cite materials. It also provides links to quick citation sheets.


More Help!

We are always happy to answer questions or set up appointments to have a more in-depth discussion of your research.


You can also go to the How Do I? page for additional assistance..



Elise Gowen

Earth Sciences and Environment Librarian



Kate Tallman

Government Information Librarian




Leanne Walther

Government Information Specialist




Rebecca Kuglitsch

Head of Gemmill Library of Engineering, Mathematics, & Physics





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