ESIC: Books, Magazines, Newsletters & More
The Environmental Studies Information Center in the A.J. Lewis Center is a great place to find timely information on environmental issues. Oberlin users can search the ESIC online catalog. Learn more: Facebook 
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Atlases & Maps

National Map Some full text available Resource contains images
Dynamic and printable topographic maps, including small-scale datasets, hydrography data, link to The Global Map.  
USGS Maps, Imagery, and Publications Resource contains images
Aerial photographs, satellite images, publications (Professional Papers, Water Supply Papers, etc.), topographic maps.

Background & Context Sources

Biodiversity Heritage Library Some full text available Resource contains images
Consortium of natural history and botanical libraries offering open access to biodiversity literature. 
Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy Restricted Resource
Examines the philosophical and ethical issues underlying contemporary and historical environmental issues, policies, and debates. Covers concepts, institutions, topics, events and people, including global warming, animal rights, environmental movements, alternative energy, green chemistry, industrial ecology, and eco-sabotage.

Chemical & Physical Properties Data

Common Chemistry
CAS Registry Number®, chemical names (both formal and common), molecular formulas, and structures or sequences for ~7900 chemicals of widespread general public interest.

Data Some full text availableopenURL Resource contains images
Data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, and design data visualizations. Includes data on climate, education, energy, health, science, and more.
Dryad Digital Repository ( Some full text availableopenURL Resource contains images
A nonprofit repository for data underlying the international scientific and medical literature.


Academic Search Complete Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Multidisciplinary - good for nearly all subjects. Scholarly and trade journals, popular magazines, newspapers, conference proceedings, book reviews, and more.
AgEcon Some full text available
Research in agricultural and applied econonomics.
Agricola Restricted Resource
Journals, monographs, theses, patents, software, audio-visual materials, and technical reports; all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, from National Agricultural Library.

Dates of Coverage: 1970 - Present

Annual Reviews Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Critically reviews the most significant research literature in over 40 focused disciplines within the fields of biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences. These reviews both summarize recent scholarly advances and prompt new research activity. Excellent database of in-depth, secondary sources.
BIOSIS Previews (via Web of Science) Restricted Resource
Indexes worldwide biological and medical literature.  Includes Biological Abstracts.  Dates of coverage: 1969 to present.  Select BIOSIS Previews from the pull down menu beside the Web of Science Core Collection heading. Restricted Resource
Includes Environmental building news, 1992- , lists for GreenSpec products and specification guidelines, and detailed project case studies of high-performance buildings.
Environment Complete Restricted Resource Some full text available
Covers agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, natural resources, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and conference papers of the North American Association of Environmental Education.

Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index Restricted Resource
Has a special focus on environmentally sustainable horticultural and design practices, for gardening enthusiasts, professionals, and students.

GeoRef Restricted Resource
Indexes all topics in geoscience, in journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports, theses and all publications of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Dates of Coverage: 1785-present

GeoScienceWorld Some full text available Resource contains images
Search and access full-text of 40 peer-reviewed journals indexed, linked, and inter-operable with GeoRef.   Includes also full-text of hundreds of technical and scholarly ebooks at
note: Subscribers & Oberlin users
GreenFILE Restricted Resource Some full text available
Scholarly, government and general-interest titles that examine environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments. Multidisciplinary, drawing on agriculture, education, law, health and technology sources.
Toxnet: Toxicology Date Network
Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.
Urban Studies Abstracts Restricted Resource Some full text available
Indexes publications covering key areas of relevance to urban studies, including city and regional planning, urban affairs, community development, urban history, architecture, and more.
Dates of coverage: 1973-present
USGS Publications Warehouse Some full text available Resource contains images
United States Geological Survey publications.  All series and formats.
Web of Science Restricted Resource
Scholarly literature in the sciences, health and medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities and proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions.  Includes cited reference searching across many databases.

Search all databases in Web of Science (includes Medline and BIOSIS, direct link for on-campus users).

Dates of coverage: 1965 to present.


Access Science Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Online version of McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 10th ed.  2007 plus updates.

OBIS record for print edition.  Sci Reference Q121 .M3 2007  vols.1-20
Climate vulnerability: understanding and addressing threats to essential resources Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Extensive review articles covering the vulnerability of Human Health, Food Resources, Energy, Ecosystems, and Water Resources to Climate; world-wide.  More.
Encyclopedia of Aquatic Ecotoxicology Some full text available Resource contains images
Ecological and toxicological effects of chemical pollutants on populations and ecosystems, and the fate of pollutants in the environment.
note: Oberlin College users only.

Handbooks & Guides

FishWatch: U.S. Seafood Facts Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video
Easy-to-understand science-based facts to help consumers make smart sustainable seafood choice, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife Some full text available Resource contains images
Guides for Ohio wildlife: mammals, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, stream fishes, amphibians, reptiles, owls, raptors, spiders, waterbirds, warblers and more.


Bioimages Resource contains images
Plants and animals, many images may be shared under Creative Commons license for non-commercial use, with attribution.
Global Plants Some full text available Resource contains images
Community-contributed database in JSTOR of more than two million high resolution plant type specimen images and other foundational materials from the collections of hundreds of herbaria around the world.
Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station Forestry Image Collection Resource contains images
5,000+ photos dating back to the early 20th century. Images portray trees, cultivation, care, and the effects of human activity on forest ecosystems. 


BioOne Restricted Resource Some full text available
Scholarly journals from scientific societies, publishers and libraries in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences. Some full text availableopenURL Resource contains images
American Geophysical Union's leading source for trustworthy news and perspectives about the Earth and space sciences and their impact. Research summaries from AGU journals, conferences, and earth sciences news world-wide.
Nature Restricted Resource Some full text available
Peer-reviewed research articles of highest quality; scientific news, commentary, letters, reviews. Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary scientific journal. Weekly. Current print issues in science library.
note: No access to pre-1950 articles online.  Print archive kept on campus.  See holdings in OBIS.
Science (archive in JSTOR) Restricted Resource
Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Current issues are received in print in the science library and are also accessible online at

Organizations & Associations

Sierra Club
America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

Software & Web Tools

Bibliographic management software; an online research management, writing and collaboration tool designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.
note: Oberlin College affiliated users only.

Web Sites

Appropedia Some full text available Resource contains images
Wiki dedicated to collaborative solutions in sustainability, appropriate technology and poverty reduction.  Try the "Surprise me!" link.  Multi- and international coverage of sustainable development.  Editing is open to all.
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