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Waidner-Spahr Library

Environmental Science & Environmental Studies: Articles

Databases Focusing On Environmental Issues

Use these databases to search for articles on your environmental studies/science topic. Click here to access our tutorial on choosing a database.

General Science Databases

Getting the Articles

If you find an article in a database:

Look for a link to the pdf or HTML version of the article. If there isn't one, click on the "Get It!" button to see if we have access. 

Get It!

Tutorial: How to Use the Get It! Button

Finding a specific article:

If there is no direct link or "Get It!" button, search the Journals List for the title of the journal in which it was published. If you find the journal title, see if we have access to the year in which the journal article was published, and then follow the relevant link. 
 
Requesting articles we don't own:

If we don't have access to an article in our collection, then you can place an order for it through ILLIAD.

The first time you use ILLIAD, you will need to set up an account. 

Once you have an account, just click the "ILLIAD" link in the "Get it!" button and log in. The request form will be automatically populated with the citation information for the article. Just hit "submit" and wait for your article to arrive. Articles often arrive in the same day, but sometimes take a few days.  Be sure to plan ahead!

Locating Articles

Basic process for finding articles

If you find an article that looks interesting check to see if there is a link to the pdf or HTML version of the article by the citation. If not, then click the "Get It!" button to see if we have access to it either electronically or in print.

Get It!

 
If you cannot see either a direct link to the article or the "Get It!" button then search the Journals List for the title of the journal in which it was published. If you find the journal title here check to see if we have access to the year in which the journal article was published, and then follow the relevant link. Click here to access our tutorial on how to use the "Get It!" button.

 

Requesting articles we do not own

If we have neither print nor electronic access to an article in our collection, then you can place an order for it through ILLIAD.

You will have to set up account the first time you order an article but once you have done this once you can use this same account each time you want an article.

Once you have an account set up then you can just click the "ILLIAD" link in the "Get it!" button and log into your account and the request form will be automatically populated with the citation information for your desired article so you only need to submit the request.

(If you do not have a journal citation, but instead have a topic, use one of our databases to locate citations).

Evaluating Sources

It is important to evaluate the credibility of a source before you use it for your research. This evaluating sources guide will help you ask the right questions in order to determine if a source is the best one to use. 

The quick reference guide and video below will help you to identify scholarly sources, specifically.

Databases in Other Subject Areas

Articles related to Environmental Studies/Science can be found throughout the library.  Depending on your topic, you may wish to search databases from other disciplines, including the ones below.  But don't let this list limit you.  See our full list of research guides for others.

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