Environmental Science Research Guide:Finding Information

A guide to research materials in environmental science, ecology, environmental engineering and related fields.


There are a lot of ways to start finding information. These are just a few options. Learn more from the boxes on the right. 

Using Bell Library's Quick Search

The video below shows you how to conduct a quick search from Bell Library's homepage and how to access the resources you find there. 

Google and Wikipedia

Google and Wikipedia are great places to start your research! Finding background information and identifying keyword and phrases that relate to your topic are important parts of the research process, and Google and Wikipedia are perfect tools for that! 



After Google and Wikipedia have given you some insight into the language used to talk about your topic, identify some keywords and use them in library databases. 

Choosing a Database

Need a Different Perspective?

It's not uncommon for an assignment to require you to consider a point of view different from your own. When this happens, it might be hard to know where to start looking. Here are a few resources you can check out if you need to find multiple perspectives on a topic.

Interlibrary Loan: Get Materials We Don't Own!

If you need anything Bell Library doesn't own, Interlibrary Loan is the service that can find and deliver those materials to you!

Usually, we'll be able to get the material to you in a few days, but a hard copy (like a full book or journal issue) will take us a little longer.

Don't forget: If you're a distance learner and need print items, we can use FedEx to get the item to you.