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Finding Resources on Climate Change


 
Overview & Facts
 

The Subject Gateway for Environmental Science/Studies provides a list of sources of background information including encyclopedias in the Reference Collection on the main floor of Cook Library, as well as online encyclopedias and research databases. For resources on environmental policy in the U.S. and globally, see my website Environmental Policy.

  • Encyclopedia of Global Change: Environmental Change and Human Society [Ref GE149 E47 2002]
    • Available in print only on the main floor of the Cook Library in the Reference stacks
    • See pp. 561-5 for an Outline of the Contents, noting especially the articles listed under HUMAN FACTORS, RESPONSES TO GLOBAL CHANGE and RESOURCES
  • Sage Knowledge includes several encyclopedias which have relevant articles on the various aspects of climate change
    • Once in the research database, type your search words into the search box
    • Use the Advanced Search feature if you want to search for your search terms in the title of an article
    • Since these are encyclopedias, the most effective way to search for information is to use broad topics like you would when searching for books - For example, climate change, greenhouse gases, global warming
    • In particular, look for articles in Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, Encyclopedia of Environment and Society, Encyclopedia of Geography, and 21st Century Geography: A Reference Handbook
  • CQ Researcher is a magazine-type publication that provides background information on topics of wide interest
    • Note the list of related reports, which has a focus on issues in the U.S. rather than globally.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - includes several encyclopedias which have relevant articles mostly on the social and ethical aspects of climate change
    • See Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History
    • Or once in the research database, type your search words into the search box
    • Use the Advanced Search feature if you want to search for your search terms in the title of an article
    • Since these are encyclopedias, the most effective way to search for information is to use broad topics like you would when searching for books - For example, climate change, greenhouse gases, global warming
  • Encyclopedia of Earth is a freely searchable online encyclopedia which has articles written by professors, professionals, and other experts
  • GreenR offers information from a wide variety of sources including: reference; magazine, newspaper & journal articles; statistics, and other primary sources (reports)
    • Browse the topic Environment and Ecology to see what topics are covered
  • Some of the websites for organizations listed below also provide an overview of climate change: World Bank; World Wildlife; EPA; NASA; and Nature Conservancy and Greenpeace under the subtopic - impact.
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Books
video See the help guide video: Finding Books with Cook OneSearch
 

You can use either Cook OneSearch or the Library/USMAI Catalog to find books. If you want a larger selection of books available in all of the University System of Maryland libraries, check the USMAI Catalog.

  • A good way to search for books on climate change, is to type climate change or climatic changes, as the latter is a subject heading that the people who index books use
  • Other examples of topics that might get you started are: greenhouse gases or global warming
  • To find materials on human factors, rather than scientific aspects, try adding one or more terms from the following list:
    • human, social, cultur*, ethic*, political
    • If you use more than one term separate them with the word or ( For example: human or social)
  • Or, you can try a searches like: climate change and developing countries or climate change and Africa, or climate change and poverty
 
Magazine, Newspaper, & Journal Articles
video See the help guide videos: Scholarly vs. Popular: What's the Difference?, Finding Articles with Cook OneSearch and Finding Articles: Getting Started in EBSCO Databases
 

The Subject Gateway for Environmental Science/Studies provides a list of research databases where you can search for popular and scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles on the many aspects of climate change, although the focus tends to be scientific.

  • GreenR is a good place to start as it indexes different types of resources including encyclopedias, journals, magazines, news, podcasts, and movies
  • For a search that deals more with the social aspects of a topic, rather than the scientific, use Cook OneSearch, which combines many research databases
  • Here are some search strategies for topics that students have researched in past semesters
 
Websites
 

Search for reliable websites using the Intergovernmental Search Engine or the Non-governmental Organizations Search, a general Google search (but use caution to pick reliable sites) or search the individual organizational websites, some of which are listed below.

 

Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine

  • Custom search engine that searches through intergovernmental (e.g. UN, EU, WB) organization sites, providing background and commentary on international issues
 

Gateway to the United Nations Systems Work on Climate Change

  • Use the Firefox browser to view this site. (It appears that Internet Explorer [Microsoft] does not work.)
  • Highlights topics such as: The Science; Mitigation; Adaptation; Technology; Financing
    • Under each of these topics are subtopics such as facts and links to relevant UN resources
  • Also visit the official site for UN Climate Secretariat ; UN Environment Programme: Climate Change ; and the Kyoto Protocol
 

Climate Change at the National Academies [National Academy of Sciences]

  • Links to many resources on climate change, including videos such as the National Research Council's Climate Change: Lines of Evidence, which discusses the causes of climate change
 

World Bank: Climate Change

  • Search by: Data; Research & Analysis; Topics; or Region
  • Also visit the Climate Change Knowledge Portal, which has maps and allows comparison of data
  • See also: World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change [World Bank], which provides an overview of the effects on climate change on development
    • Also available in reference stacks: Ref HC59.7 W659 2010
 

European Commission for Climate Action [European Union]

 

 

NASA: Global Climate Change

  • Includes: key indicators; evidence; causes; effects; uncertainties; interactives; images and video
 

U.S Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] : Climate Change

  • Basic information and information on topics such as: greenhouse gas emissions; health and environmental effects; regulatory initiatives; and U.S. Climate Policy
 

NOAA Climate.gov

  • Includes sections on ClimateWatch, Data & Services, and Understanding Climate
  • Use the search feature to find materials including articles, videos, and imagaes on topics realated to climte change such as global warming, greenhouse gases, coral reefs, acidification, sea level, glaciers & ice caps, and deforestation
 

Non-governmental Organizations Search

  • Custom search engine that searches through non-governmental organization sites, providing backgound and commentary on international issues
 

World Resources Institute [WRI]

 

World Wildlife Organization [WWO]: Climate

  • Some areas covered include: What's at Risk?; Adapting to Climate Change; Protecting Forests; and Policy
 

Developing Climate Change Resilience

  • An initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation
 

Nature Conservancy: Climate Change

  • Looks at threats, impacts, and policies
 

Greenpeace International: Climate Change

  • Covers topics such as energy, coal, climate impacts, oil, solutions, and Arctic
Films

Films on Demand is a research database that provides streaming video of films on many academic topics, including climate change, global warming, greeenhouse effect, water supply, food supply, and related topics.

  • To see what is available generally on the environment, look under the subject Environmental Science within the database

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The URL for this Web page is http://pages.towson.edu/sara/climate_change.html
See also: Environmental Policy

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