By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 22nd, 2014

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GreenR (stands for: Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) contains global perspectives on global environmental issues.


To reveal all of the global environmental topics covered by GreenR, click the “View all ” button (upper middle, directly following ‘Browse Issues and Topics’).


Sources include: reference book articles, newspapers, broadcast news, radio news, magazines, newspapers, reports and scholarly journals.

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New Reference Book: Nature and the Environment in 20th-Century American Life

By - Systems Librarian May 21st, 2009

Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian

Nature and the Environment in 20th-Century American Life by Brian Black, Westport: Greenwood, 2006.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 304.2 B56N20

Did recent Earth Day activities generate an interest in topics related to the environment?  This new reference book is a great way to continue fueling the inspiration.  Read about oil and the automobile, the evolution of the National Park Service and/or the Donora Smog of 1948.  Dozens of additional topics are covered and discussed in this new source.  Photos and primary texts are scattered throughout the volume.

Helpful for: Humanities IV, U.S. History Research, Environmental Research

New Reference Books: Earth Day Edition

By - Systems Librarian April 21st, 2009

Here are two new reference books in Ohrstrom Library’s collection with special significance for Earth Day:

Human Development Report 2007/2008 Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), director and lead author Kevin Watkins, 2007.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: Ref. 303.44 Un3 2007/2008

Human Development Report 2007/2008

UNDP’s annual report measures the health, welfare, economic and physical security and well being of people in 175 UN member nations plus Hong Kong and the Palestinian Territories, as well as the status of international treaties on human rights, the environment, and labor. Each year, the report opens with an extensive analysis of a key international development issue, and this year’s focus is climate change and the responses, projected outcomes, and potential impact on human development around the world. Both cautionary and hopeful, this is a useful and fascinating read.

HELPFUL FOR: Leadership for Social Justice, Topics in Global Events

FUN FOR: global citizens, Eco-Action members, debaters, future pundits and policy wonks, tree huggers, activists, voters

Deb Baker – Interim Reference Librarian

The Facts on File Dictionary of Environmental Science by Bruce C. Wyman and L. Harold Stevenson, Facts On File, 3rd ed., 2007.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF REF 363.7 W98

Over 4,000 terms are defined, including: nuclear winter, silviculture, and ethanol.

Several appendixes conclude the volume, including: environmental acronyms, plastic recycling codes & earth, atmosphere and water statistics.

Helpful for: Ecology, Eco-Action, Earth Day.

Lura Sanborn– Reference Librarian