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Article Indexes & Databases

Core Research Databases

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Publication coverage: 1980 - present
A comprehensive, international and interdisciplinary database for the fields of physical and human geography, including geology, ecology, geomechanics, mineralogy, oceanography, environmental issues and Third World studies....
International coverage of articles and books about environmental issues.
Multidisciplinary database covering all aspects of human impact on the environment.
Publication coverage: 1926 - present (updated weekly)
All areas of life science including agriculture, biochemistry, biotechnology, ecology, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetics, neuroscience, pharmacology, public health, toxicology, zoology.
BIOSIS journal abbreviations.
Publication coverage: 1884 - present (updated weekly)
Key index to engineering literature.
Publication coverage: 1980 - present
A comprehensive, international and interdisciplinary database covering physical and human geography, geology, ecology, and Third World studies.
Publication coverage: 1900 - present
Online version of Science Citation Index
Database indexes 8,500 leading scholarly research journals.

Related Research Databases

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Publication coverage: 1970-
Produced by the National Agricultural Library. Citations only.
Catalogue of air photos held by Queen's University Library Maps and Air Photos Collection
Publication coverage: Varies by journal start date.
Fulltext critical reviews of primary research literature in the biomedical, physical and social sciences.
AMS Electronic Resources Fund
Publication coverage: Coverage varies beginning at 1977-
A full-text database of Canada's leading newspapers as well as leading regional papers (including The Kingston Whig Standard).
Publication coverage: Varies with publication
Comprehensive indexing of articles published in and about Canada. Consists of four sections, Business, Current Events, Education, and Reference.
Publication coverage: 1965 - present
Current Research @ Queen's indexes and abstracts dissertations and theses defended at Queen's University. Full-text available for titles published after 1996. Microfiche copies of Queen's thesis are available in Stauffer library.
Publication coverage: 1886 - present
Indexes the international literature in the field of economics. Includes coverage of journals, books, book chapters, reviews, dissertations, conferences and working papers.
Publication coverage: Varies by journal title
Scholarly journal publishers such as Kluwer, Elsevier, Springer, Cambridge and Oxford University Presses and more.
Publication coverage: 1948 - present
Energy and energy-related scientific and technical information from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Publication coverage: Varies by publication.
Access restricted to the Queen's community (5 user limit)
Nearly 9,000 sources from 118 countries in 22 languages. More than 120 continuously updated newswires. Key newpapers include same-day and archival coverage of The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Globe and Mail etc.
Catalogue of current and historical Canadian and U.S. geological survey maps housed in the Lindsley Earth Sciences Reading Room at Queen's University.
The Queen's University Library's collection of GIS data consists of a variety of local, national and international coverages. Use this database to see what data are available. Staff are also available to assist you in locating data - please contact us at academic.services@queensu.ca.
Publication coverage: 1951-   (updated quarterly)
Focuses mainly on the four core social science disciplines - anthropology, economics, politics and sociology - but also covers a wide range of related subjects.
Publication coverage: 1915 - present
Index to publications on global public policy and social issues from the early twentieth century through to the present.
QSpace offers a resource for collecting, preserving and providing online access to digital content produced by the Queen's community.
Publication coverage: 2004-Present

A specialized electronic reference product, Referex Engineering draws upon hundreds of premium engineering titles to provide engineering professionals with the answers and information they require, at work and in practice. Referex Engineering comprises three carefully crafted collections combining key sources of reference material. Content ranges from broad based engineering titles to highly specialized professional reference texts, provided an extensive and detailed base of reference material to support researchers, academics, R&D engineers, technicians and corporate engineers alike in their diverse work processes.

Each collection includes:

  • Handbooks of engineering fundamentals
  • Titles focused on technique and practice Highly specialized professional information
  • Situational reference
  • How-to-guides
  • Scholarly monographs
Science.gov is a gateway to government science information and research results initiated by U.S. government science organizations.
Publication coverage: 1907 - present.
Print holdings: 1907 - 1999 (v. 1 - v. 131) in Stauffer Library storage.
Search Chemical Abstracts, Medline, the Registry File, and CAS React. 5 simultaneous users.
Publication coverage: 1952 - present
Comprehensive index to the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

All databases for Environmental Studies

All databases for Engineering & Science

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries & Handbooks

All items are available in the Reference Section on the first floor (Level 5) of Engineering and Science Library, unless otherwise noted. Suggestions are welcomed: Morag Coyne


Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide

Green Cities: An A-to-Z Guide

Green Consumerism: An A-to-Z Guide

Green Energy: An A-to-Z Guide

Green Food: An A-to-Z Guide

Green Politics: An A-to-Z Guide


Encyclopedia of Hydrology and Water Resources
Ref GB655.E53 1998
This encyclopedia covers many aspects of hydrology and water resources, including water pollution. Planners, policy makers, regulators and decision makers are the primary audience.

Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences
GC9.E57 2001


Environmental Analysis and Remediation
Ref GE10.E49 1998
An eight-volume professional-level compendium covering all aspects of the environment with an emphasis on comprehensive coverage of sampling, analysis, and remediation. Topics such as pollution sources, pollution transport, regulations, and health effects are also presented. The eighth volume includes a detailed subject index.

The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Environmental Change
GE10 .E534 2001 Stauffer Library Reference

Dictionary of Environmental Science and Technology
GE10.P67 2000

Encyclopedia of Environmental Science
Ref GE10 .E535 1999t

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy
Ref GE42 E533 2009

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics
GE45.S73 E53 2002 Stauffer Library Reference
A comprehensive overview of environmetric research and its applications

Encyclopedia of Global Change : Environmental Change and Human Society
GE149 .E47 2002 Stauffer Library Reference

Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change
Ref GE149 .E443 2002 (5 vols)

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences

Oxford Reference Online - Earth and Environmental Sciences


International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics
GE170 .I55 2002 Stauffer Library Reference


Canadian Environmental Directory
Ref TD171.5.C2 C3t
This is a national listing of environmental organizations and associations, special libraries, government groups, and more. Sections include: Products and Services, Government, and Associations.

Encyclopedia of Ecology and Environmental Management
Ref GE300.E53 1998


Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (3 vols)
Ref GF10.E63 2004


Encyclopedia of the Biosphere
Ref GF75 .B5613 2000t
An 11-volume reference set featuring comprehensive coverage of the earth's major biomes, their characteristics, and their operations. It explains for students and general researchers how their ecosystems have been transformed by human activity.


Conservation (4 volumes)
QH75 C64 2009
v. 1. The idea of conservation v. 2. The conservation of diversity v. 3. Conservation and development v. 4. The politics of conservation.


Encyclopedia of Ecology
Entries cover a range of topics, including: Behavioral Ecology Ecological Processes Ecological Modeling Ecological Engineering Ecological Indicators Ecological Informatics Ecosystems Ecotoxicology Evolutionary Ecology General Ecology Global Ecology Human Ecology System Ecology

Encyclopedia of Environmental Biology
QH540.4.E52 1995
A three-volume work intended for use by both students and research professionals. Articles cover a range of topics related to the study of the environment such as agroecology, artificial habitats for fish, desertification, coral reef ecosystems, fire ecology, forest insect control, germplasm conservation, nutrient cycling in forests, and restoration ecology. Each article includes a glossary of terms and a bibliography. The third volume includes a detailed subject index.

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
Ref QH541.15 .B56E53 2001
A four-volume comprehensive study of the topic of diversity in the natural world.

Seas at the Millennium: an Environmental Evaluation
QH541.5 .S3 S35 2000


Dictionary of Environmental Law and Science
KE3617.3 T54 1994 Lederman Law Library


Encyclopedia of Water Science
Print: Ref S494.5 W3 E54 2003

Soil and Environmental Science Dictionary
S592 S59 2001

Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment
Ref S596 E53 2005t

Encyclopedia of Soil Science
Print: Ref S592 .E517 2008

Dictionary of Agriculture
S411 D573 1998

Dictionary of Agricultural and Environmental Science
S411 T76 2003


Encyclopedia of forest sciences
Ref SD126 .E53 2004t


Encyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering
Ref TD9 E5 2006

Environmental Engineering Dictionary
TD9.L44 1992

Environmental Engineering Dictionary and Directory

Environmental Engineers' Handbook
Print: TD145.E574 1997


Mining Environmental Handbook
TD195.M5M56 1997t

Dictionary of Environmentally Important Chemicals
TD196 C45A97 1998

Handbook of Physical-Chemical Properties and Environmental Fate for Organic Chemicals
Print: TD196 O73 M32 2006


Water Encyclopedia
Print: TD345 .L393 2005


Encyclopedia of Energy Technology and the Environment
TJ163.235.E53 1995
This four-volume encyclopaedia provides information on the technology involved in energy production and use as well as information on how those technologies affect the environment and quality of life on this planet.

Environmental Data Sources

CRC Handbook of Environmental Control

  • Separate volumes are devoted to the provision of data on air pollution, solid waste, water supply and treatment, and wastewater treatment and disposal. A fifth volume on hospital and health care facilities is located in the Health Science Library. A cumulative series index accompanies the set, which is dated but which contains an amazing variety of facts and figures on every conceivable aspect of the subjects treated.

Handbook of Environmental Data on Organic Chemicals
TD196.73.O73 V47

  • This comprehensive handbook provides information on chemical and physical properties, air, water and soil pollution factors, and biological effects. Chemicals are listed in strict alphabetical order and entries include common name and synonyms, molecular and structural formulas, CAS Registry Number, manufacturing source, use,users, and formulations, natural sources and occurrence and man-caused sources. There is an excellent introductory section which describes and defines the various data elements.

Handbook of Environmental Degradation Rates
TD193.H73 1991

  • A compilation of rate constants for individual abiotic and biotic degradation processes for chemicals of anthropogenic origin as they pertain to the environmental compartments of soil, water, and air.

Handbook of Environmental Fate and Exposure Data for Organic Chemicals
TD176.4.H69 1989

  • This series of books provides detailed outlines of how individual chemicals are released, transported, and degraded in the environment and how they are exposed to humans and other organisms. It reviews and evaluates data on physical/chemical properties, commercial use and possible sources of environmental contamination, environmental fate, and monitoring of each chemical.

Pesticide Manual
Ref SB951.P434 2009

  • An authoritative and definitive source of information on the composition, properties, uses and environmental impact of pesticides (incorporates the Agrochemicals Handbook )

Water Encyclopedia
TD345.L393 2005

Government Information Sources

Environment Canada

United States Environmental Protection Agency

ACToR (Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource)

European Environment Agency

Queen's Government Documents Unit Environment Page

Selected Websites

Agricultural Biotechnology

Center for Environmental Information and Statistics

E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database & Thesaurus

EarthTrends: The Environmental Portal

Envirofacts Warehouse


Environmental Agencies of the World

Environmental Organization Webdirectory

Forest Conservation Portal

Global Forest Watch


NatureServe Explorer

School of Environmental Studies (Queen's University)

Seek - the Science Environment for Ecological Knowledge

Sierra Club

Terms of Environment (USEPA)

The Tree of Life

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

World Conservation Monitoring Centre

World Conservation Union

World Wildlife Fund

Worldwatch Institute