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Environmental Studies: Explore Topics

This page provides information for the Environmental Studies major at Brevard College

Find Background Information

Good places to find background information:
  • Your textbook or class readings
  • Encyclopedias and reference books
  • Credible websites
  • And of course ...

Environmental Studies Reference Sources

Clarify Your Question

Broad resources like the ones in the Exploration tab help to place your topic in the context of the broader discipline that you study, reveal useful search terms, and - best of all - stimulate questions that inspire your writing.

Important Considerations
  • The shorter the paper, the more specific the topic.
  • Is there a specific area within the broader topic that you're curious about or even irked by?
  • Is there a cause-effect relationship that you're curious about?
  • Look for unanswered questions.
  • Are there time periods or groups of people within the discipline that strike a chord for you?
  • If you think you've got a topic worth writing about, try to explain it informally to a friend. Are there gaps in what you know? Did any questions come up?
Are there books on your topic?

When a reference tool is too broad, it can be useful to seek out a book, and sometimes scholars get together to tackle a subject, breaking it apart into chapters written by experts on that specific subtopic. We call those books anthologies, and they can be very helpful in choosing a rabbit hole, so to speak.

Environmental Studies Book Databases

More Reference Databases

Handbooks, Encyclopedias, & Dictionaries

The Mountain Encyclopedia

In print. 551.432 H328m
Compendium of topics related to mountains, including geological, geographical, and zoological terms, as well as many entries on significant figures

Environmental Issues: Essential Primary Sources

Speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art alongside overview information that places each document in context.

A Dictionary of Environmental History

Covers key terminology, events, places, dates, topics, as well as the major personalities in the history of the discipline

Environmental Geology

Specialists in remote sensing, geophysical methods, hydrogeology, geology, and geochemistry must maintain awareness of developments in order to formulate approaches to environmental issues

Oxford Dictionary of Environment and Conservation

Provides entries on scientific and social aspects of the environment, its key thinkers, treaties, movements, organizations, concepts, and theories.

Encyclopedia of Ecology

Covers the complete field of ecology, from general to applied.

Oxford Dictionary of Ecology

Contains entries on all aspects of ecology and related environmental scientific disciplines.

International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics

In print. R 363.7056 I61
The essential reference source to enable all those with an interest in the politics of the environment

Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity: Standard Methods for Mammals

Print. 599.05248 M484w
A comprehensive manual for designing and implementing inventories of mammalian species

Forensic Ecology Handbook: From Crime Scene to Court

Provides an essential resource for practitioners in the field of forensic science.