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Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

Collection Development Policy | School of the Environment | Owen Science & Engineering Library

Owen Science and Engineering Library contains many resources for students and faculty interested in the environmental sciences. Since this is an interdisciplinary subject, resources can be found with those of other areas such as ecology, energy, engineering, health, pollution and water. The purpose of this subject guide is to alert visitors to some of the resources available at Owen Library and online. If you have any questions not answered on the WSU Libraries website, or would like to request a book, journal, conference proceeding, etc. on subjects related to this area, please contact Betty Galbraith. For questions about WSU's academic program, please see the School of the Environment.



Reference Books

The following is a list of reference books in the Owen Library related to environmental sciences. Reference books are located on the first floor of the Owen Science & Engineering Library.


  • American Nature Writers Ref PS163 .A6 1996
  • Dictionary of Environmental Science and Technology Ref GE10 P67
  • Dictionary of Environment and Conservation Available online courtesy of the WSU Libraries
  • Environmental Encyclopedia Available online courtesy of the WSU Libraries
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering Ref TD9.E5 v. 1-2
  • Global Biodiversity Ref QH76 G56x
  • Handbook of Environmental Analysis Ref TD194.6 S65x
  • Handbook of Environmental Management and Technology Ref TD191.5 .B87
  • Information Sources in Environmental Protection Ref GE30 I56
  • McGraw-Hill Recycling Handbook Ref TD794.5 M397 2001
  • Standard Handbook of Environmental Science, Health, and Technology Ref GE123 .S73
  • World Resources Ref HD75.6 .W67x

Climate Change/Global Warming

  • Dictionary of Global Climate Change Ref QC981.8.C5 M38


  • Dictionary of Ecology Available online courtesy of the WSU Libraries
  • Ecology Basics Available online courtesy of the WSU Libraries


  • CRC Handbook of Energy Efficiency Ref TJ163.3 C73
  • Energy Management and Conservation Handbook Available online courtesy of the WSU Libraries
  • Energy Management Handbook Ref TJ163.2 T87 2001, and available online courtesy of the WSU Libraries
  • Handbook of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Available online courtesy of the WSU Libraries


  • Dictionary of Environmental and Civil Engineering Ref TA9 .W43 2000
  • Environmental Engineering Dictionary and Directory Ref TD9 .P36 2001
  • Handbook of Environmental Engineering Calculations Ref TD145 H27 2000


  • Environmental Contaminant Reference Databook Ref TD196.C45 P73
  • Handbook of Ecotoxicology Ref QH545.A1 H36 2003
  • Handbook of Environmental Chemistry Ref QD31 H335
  • Handbook of Environmental Data on Organic Chemicals Ref TD196 O73 V47
  • Rapid Guide to Hazardous Air Pollutants Ref TD883.1 B37
  • Wiley Encyclopedia of Environmental Pollution and Cleanup Ref TD173 W55 1999


  • Dictionary of Waste and Water Treatment Ref TD9 S37 1981
  • Drinking Water Inspector's Field Reference Available online courtesy of the WSU Libraries
  • Encyclopedia of Hydrology and Water Resources Ref GB655 E53 1998
  • Water Encyclopedia Ref TD351 V36
  • Water in Crisis Ref TD345 W264 1993
  • Water Supply Bulletin Ref GB705 W2 A3 (#39 pertains specifically to the Palouse River Basin)
  • Water Quality Trading Assessment Handbook Available online courtesy of the WSU Libraries

Indexes and Abstracts and Other Databases

  • BioOne (2000-present): A collection of high impact journals produced by scholarly societies.
  • GeoRef: GeoRef is a comprehensive geoscience database covering such areas as mineralogy and crystallography.
  • Medline (1966-present): Medline is the major index to the biomedical research journal literature.
  • Toxnet: A cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas.
  • Water Resources Abstracts (1967-present) Contains abstracts of current and earlier journals, monographs, and reports covering the characteristics, supply, condition, use or management of water resources. Available in the Owen Library only.

Internet Links

Environmental Science and Regional Planning (Social Science)

Environmental Science and Regional Planning at WSU's Holland and Terrell Libraries

Collection Development Policy

School of the Environment

The Holland and Terrell Libraries contain resources for students and faculty interested in the social science aspects of Environmental Science and Regional Planning. If you have any social science-oriented questions not answered on this page or the WSU Libraries website, please contact Betty Galbraith at the Owen Science Library or review the School off the Environment webpage. 

Tutorials & Other Resources

Resources for Environmental Science

Book or Compilation:

  • Find a book from here at WSU or from one of our Summit libraries.
  • Borrow a book from anywhere in the world using Interlibrary Loan
  • Request that we buy a book for the WSU library (don't forget your WSU contact info!).
  • Come by and browse the shelves! Here are the call numbers where you can find most biology topics on the 5th floor of the Owen Science and Engineering Library. Look at QE, QH, QK, QL, QM, QP, and QR.

 Article or Conference Presentation:

  • For known items, look for the journal title in our Library Catalog to see if we own the issue that you need.
  • If you need to find articles on a subject, but don't know where to begin, there are a large number of places to search. WSU pays for some resources to help:
    • Go to the WSU Libraries' databases of Environmental Science journal articles
    • To search within any one of these databases, click on the name and it'll take you to that database.
    • When you find an article, watch for theFind it at WSU button button:
      • Click on this button you will redirected to WSU Search it where you can see if we have an article electronically or can borrow it from another library.
  • For articles published prior to our online indexes, check the library for our print indexes. Examples:
    • Biological Abstracts:
      • 1926-1995 (Owen A&I South Alcove)
      • 1969-present (BIOSIS online)
    • Biological Abstracts/RRM: This is the major indexing source in biology for reviews, reports and meetings.
      • 1965-1995 (Owen A&I South Alcove)
      • 1969-present (BIOSIS online)
    • Science Citation Index:
      • 1955-1991 (Owen A&I East Alcove)
      • 1980-present (Web of Science online)

Open Access Scholarly Journal Article:

Dissertation or Theses:




Technical Reports

  • Think U.S. Government documents:
    • NTIS: the National Technical Information Service
    • OSTI
    • U.S. government's official web portal
    • Technical reports, journal citations, databases, Federal web sites from 14 scientific and technical information organizations

Institutional Repositories:

Gathering Statistical Resources:

Internet Resources

Library Research Techniques

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