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Just getting started?

Start by doing some background research. Take time to engage in some brainstorming exercises that will help you identify key subject terms. Encyclopedias and other reference resources can be used to help you refine your subject terms and the citations in these sources can be used to find more information on your topic.

Consider how much time you have to complete your assignment and how hard it will be to get the resources you need for your topic. If you are finding your research difficult to manage, narrow your topic or break your research down into manageable sub-topics. If you are not finding enough information on your topic, try using broader subject terms.

Other Useful Guides

Guide to the Library Using Databases Citation Guide

Library Catalog: Books, Videos, e-Books and more!

Call number areas to browse

Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Environmental Sciences GE Ecology QH540-QH549.5 Climate Change / Global Warming QC903, QC981.8
Biotic Communities QH541 Nature Conservation QH75 Environmental Policy GE170-GE190
Environmental Ethics GE42 Biodiversity QH541.15 Green Movement GE195-GE199

The books in the library are organized by subject. You can browse these call number areas to find related books. So, if you are searching the library catalog and find a book that looks interesting or particularly relevant to your research, you can search the shelves in the library in the same call number area to find related items.

Reference Sources

Title Call Number
Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues REF GE10 .E523 2011
The Oxford Companion to Global Change REF GE149 .C84 2009
The Facts on File Dictionary of Ecology and the Environment REF QH540.4 .F35 2004
Life on Earth: An Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution REF QH541.15 .B56 L54 2002
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The reference collection is located at the back, right-hand side of the library. Items in this collection cannot be checked out, but a copier is conveniently located so you can make copies of the resources you find.

To search the Library Catalog for reference books about Environment and Ecology, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Environment and Ecology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search by selecting "Collection: Reference Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Circulating Books

Title Call Number
Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource TD388 .W365 2010
Blue Skies, Green Politics: The Clean Air Act of 1990 and Its Implementation KF3812 .Z9 B78 1995
Energy Alternatives TJ808.2 .E64 2010
Reconstructing Earth: Technology and Environment in the Age of Humans GE105 .A39 2005

Find More Ecology Find More The Environment Find More Sustainable Development


To search the Library Catalog for books about Environment and Ecology, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Environment and Ecology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Circulating Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

E-Books

Title E-Book Type
Plant-Environment Interactions EBSCO eBook
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics: From Air Pollution to Climate Change netLibrary eBook
Fire in North American Tallgrass Prairies netLibrary eBook
Environmental Engineering netLibrary eBook

Find More United States Environmental Protection Agency Find More Effect of Human Beings on Nature Find More Deforestation


To search the Library Catalog for e-books about Environment and Ecology or a related subfield, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Environment and Ecology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Electronic Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items available to Montgomery Library patrons only, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Audio/Visual Materials

Title Call Number
Community Interactions: Competition, Predation, and Symbiosis QH541.15 .C66 C66 2005
Planet Earth QH45.2 .P53 2011
How the Earth Changed History GF51 .H69 2010
How Ecosystems Work: Energy Flow & Nutrient Cycles QH541 .H69 2005

Find More Oil Spills – Environmental Aspects Find More Environmental Protection Find More Adaptation (Biology)


To search the Library Catalog for books about Environment and Ecology, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Environment and Ecology" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Media: Videos, DVDs, films, slides, etc." from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Periodicals

BioScience ePeriodicals Collection
Natural History ePeriodicals Collection
New Scientist ePeriodicals Collection
Science News ePeriodicals Collection
Scientific American ePeriodicals Collection
Sierra Periodicals Collection

The periodical section is located in front of the circulating collection, next to the outdoor patio area. The periodical collection is organized by title. These items cannot be checked out, but there is a copy machine available adjacent to the periodical section.

Tips!

Requesting items not available at Montgomery Library:

If there is an item listed in the catalog, but it is not located at Montgomery Library, just select the “Request First Available Copy of this Item” button from the catalog record to have the item sent to Montgomery Library for pick-up. To complete your request, you need your library barcode and PIN number. Generally, your PIN number is the last 4 digits of the phone number you used to register for classes. If you have problems accessing the databases, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

If the item is not available in the catalog:

Just select the “Requests” tab located in the upper, right-hand side of the screen. Complete and submit the Inter-Library Loan Request Form – LSCS. Contact a librarian if you need help!

Research Databases: Find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles

Recommended Databases

Academic Search Complete Multi-disciplinary database; full text of articles from over 5,300 journals, magazines and newspapers, plus image collections.
Films On Demand High-quality, educational streaming video from companies such as Films for the Humanities, BBC, and PBS.
GreenFILE A unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment is offered. Nearly 300,000 records, full text for selected titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles.
Health Reference Center Academic (for environmental health) Full-text from a variety of medical, nursing and allied health sources: journals, reference books, pamphlets.
HighWire Press Includes the largest archive of free full-text science journals with one million plus free full-text articles.
Public Library of Science: Biology Launched in 2003, PLoS features "peer-reviewed, open access scientific and medical journals that include original research as well as timely feature articles
Science & Technology Collection Includes 800 full text journals in subjects such as biology, chemistry, computer technology, geology, and physics.

Tips!

Finding the right database:

If you’d like to explore a subject area: Access the Research Databases: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Select a category that is relevant to your topic.

If you know the title of the journal you’re looking for, use the A to Z Electronic Journal Search to find out which database provides access to that journal: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> A to Z Electronic Journal Search -> Select “Search” tab

If you know the database title: www.lonestar.edu/library ->Find Articles Tab -> Find Database by Title

If the full-text/PDF version of an article is not available, select the “Check LinkSource for more information” link to see if another database offers full-text access.

Accessing Databases from Home:

You can access these databases from home using your library barcode number. If you have problems accessing the databases, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

If you are not able to find a resource that you need in the databases or in the library catalog, you can request the item via the Interlibrary Loan Form: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/interlibrary-request.htm

Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed Sources

Scholarly articles are written by an authority on the subject and are meant to share primary research with others in the field. Unlike popular sources, scholarly sources generally have a narrow audience and include a clear author or sponsoring association. These documents are very structured and usually include a literature review, methodology, and extensive citations. Many scholarly sources are also peer-reviewed which means others in the field reviewed the work before it was published. Many databases will allow you to limit your search to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources – look for this option.

Websites

Occasionally the librarians at LSC - Montgomery library will find a website they consider exceptional or particularly useful for academic research.

Suggested Websites:

Environmental Sciences and Ecology (Internet Public Library 2) ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&cid=1&tid=7136&parent=7115
The World’s Biomes (University of California Museum of Paleontology) ucmp.berkeley.edu/exhibits/biomes/index.php
Ecological Society of America esa.org
Environmental Conditions Where You Live (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) epa.gov/epahome/whereyoulive.htm
Scorecard: Pollution in Your Community scorecard.goodguide.com
EarthShots: Satellite Images of Environmental Change (U.S. Geological Survey) earthshots.usgs.gov
Endangered Species (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) fws.gov/endangered/species/index.html
Ecosystems (U.S. Geological Survey) usgs.gov/ecosystems
Environmental Laws (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) epa.gov/lawsregs/laws

Getting research assistance . . .

Subject Librarian

Sarah Palacios-Wilhelm
Email: sarahpwilhelm@lonestar.com Phone: 936.273.7393 Office: bldg. F-161 office number

Reference Desk

Email: mclr@lonestar.eduPhone: 936 273 7390

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