ENVS 490: Research Seminar in Environmental Studies
VCU Libraries Research Guide

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Finding Journal Articles
 Logging in to VCU Library Journal Article Databases

Using the  button to find articles (4 minute video tutorial)

VCU Libraries Meta-search for Journal articles
searches these 11 databases simultaneously,
including the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection,
Social Work Abstracts, Education Research Complete, Business Source Complete,
MEDLINE/PubMed, CINAHL Plus, Computers & Applied Sciences Complete,
Criminal Justice Abstracts, Environment Complete, Humanities International Complete
and Academic Research Complete.
VCU Libraries Meta-search uses the * symbol for truncation
Use   to find full-text of articles not provided in
VCU Libraries Meta-Search

Environment Complete
(subset of the meta-search tool linked above)
Subject coverage includes ecosystem, ecology, renewable energy sources, natural resources,
pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, and social impacts.
Full-text available for 40 percent of periodicals covered.
Environment Complete uses the * symbol for truncation
Use   to find full-text of articles not provided in
Environment Complete

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
    Coverage: (1981 - present)
    Abstracts of a variety of sources including journals, reports, books, and environmental impact studies.
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management uses the * symbol for truncation
Use   to find full-text of articles not provided in
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management

Biological and Agricultural Index PLUS
Coverage: (1983 - present)
    Citations to articles in English-language periodicals; abstracts and full text coverage for selected journals.
Periodical coverage includes a wide range of scientific journals, from popular to professional.
About 45 % of the focus is on agriculture.
Biological and Agricultural Index PLUS uses the * symbol for truncation
Use   to find full-text of articles not provided in
Biological and Agricultural Index PLUS

BIOSIS Previews
    Coverage: (1926 - present)
    The foremost reference database in the life sciences; provides abstracts of literature in biological and biomedical areas.
Includes Biological Abstracts, Biological Abstracts/RRM, and BioResearch Index.
BIOSIS Previews uses the * symbol for truncation
Use   to find full-text of articles not provided in
BIOSIS Previews

PAIS International
Abstracts from the current and recent international literature on public affairs,
public and social policies, and international relations.
Includes PAIS Archive, 1915-1976.
PAIS International uses the * symbol for truncation
links are provided for finding full-text articles.

Disaster Information Management Research Center
From the US Dept of Health and Human Services (free via the web)
Collection, organization, and dissemination of health information for natural, accidental, or deliberate disasters.
Biological Warfare Resource Guide

Dow Jones/Factiva
This is another database conatining full-text articles from nearly 6,000 newspapers,
journals, and transcripts. Formerly known as the Dow Jones Publications Library.
For searches of ALL publications in Factiva,be sure to select
"all content" below where you have typed in your search terms.
Factiva uses the * symbol for truncation
All articles listed are provided in full-text by Factiva.

CQ (Congressional Quarterly) Library
Full text of the Congressional Quarterly and Congressional Researcher,
publications covering Congress and topics of federal legislative interest.
CQ Library uses the * symbol for truncation

Dissertations and Theses Full-Text
    Coverage:  (1637 - present)
    Full text for most dissertations from 1997 to the present.
Includes full text for some earlier dissertations, along with over 2.4 million
dissertations and theses citations from around the world.
Dissertations and Theses Full-Text uses the * symbol for truncation

Google News
Free news search of 4,500 online news sources.
Only about one month of archive
Google does not use truncation, use OR (capitalized) instead
i.e.,   africa OR african

For more, see the VCU Libraries'
Environmental Studies Resource Guide
and the VCU Libraries home page .

Finding Books

VCU Library Catalog
For books, videos and periodical titles (but not contents) owned by VCU's two libraries.
A USA-wide online catalog of libraries-to see if your public library or
another nearby library has the title you need
Google Book Search
Search within the text of millions of books that google has scanned cover to cover.
This tool can help in identifying which books contain your subject interests.
Books-in-Print with Reviews
To see what's recently published on your topic.

Online Reference Books

Full-text searchable database of more than 150 CRC Press books on a wide range of environmental topics.
Search or browse individual books, or search multiple books. Texts are in interactive PDF format.

CQ Political Reference Suite
Primary and secondary sources on U.S. government, politics and world
affairs published by Congressional Quarterly. Includes
Congress and the Nation, Political Handbook of the World, Politics in America,
Vital Statistics on American Politics, Washington Information Directory
and more.

Green Cities: An A-to-Z Guide

Encyclopedia of Urban Studies

Other Sage Online Reference Books in
Public Policy and Public Administration

Finding Journals
To find articles by topic, see "finding journal articles" above.
To find a known journal title, first try our VCU Library Catalog's  Journal Search
to see if we have a web/online copy of the journal you need.
or  if we own that journal in printed form on our library shelves.

Resource Delivery Services
You can request any book or journal article we do not own at VCU
via ILLIAD  and we will try to provide it to you for free
via Interlibrary Loan.

If you live outside the Richmond metro area
(as defined here -scroll down to "Metro Richmond Zip Codes " section )
and are registered in our ILLIAD  system you are eligible
for free book and article home delivery services.
If you live in the Richmond metro area, article delivery for
journal articles from our VCU Libraries shelves are available
at $5.00 per article via ILLIAD request.

Citing Your Sources
Have you tried the Landmarks Citation Machine  ?
It automatically formats your citations into both APA and MLA format!

For heavier lifting, so to speak, you may prefer the new tool called Refworks ,
which allows you to create on online account and put your found citations from each
database (like PsycInfo, InfoTrac, or Social Work Abstracts) into folders by topic--
then format them in APA style for your paper's bibliography.

The VCU Honor System  requires citing your sources,
whether they be books, journal articles, web pages, e-mail communications,
or articles printed out from online databases like InfoTrac Onefile.

Environment/Policy Web Sites

Useful Websites from the VCU Libraries'
Environmental Sciences Research Guide

The Wonk Salon: The Best Policy Research on the Web

Census Bureau Subjects A-Z
American Factfinder
US Census: State & Local Government Finance

For Country Comparisons
Infonation Advanced
Department of State Background Notes
CIA World Factbook
Global Edge Country Insights
Global Edge Country Comparator
Heiros Gamos: Law & Government Resources
The Economist: Country Briefings
Newslink News Directory
IMF Country Reports
Africa South of the Sahara
WWW Virtual Library: Intl Affairs: Africa
Africa Focus

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Need help?
The Library's Reference Desk toll-free phone number is.....
1-866-VCU-BOOK and local number is 828-1101

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Page composed by Dan Ream
Last updated  November, 2011