David & Lorraine Cheng Library

William Paterson University of New Jersey

Environmental Science Resources

Databases/Online Journals

Biological Abstracts
Biological Abstracts provides citations and abstracts for life science and biomedical research literature published in more than 4,000 journals. The database offers easy access to the latest information in virtually every life science discipline. Subject areas covered include agriculture, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, ecology, the environment, microbiology, neurology, pharmacology, public health and toxicology. Biological Abstracts contains more than 10 million archival records from as far back as 1969, with more than 370,000 citations added each year. Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.
Biology Digest (FirstSearch)
Bibliographic database provides detailed life science citations and abstracts written in a nontechnical style for students and interested nonscientists. Please note that this database is accessible ONLY IN THE LIBRARY.
Chemical Abstracts (STN on the Web)
Index to the published research literature in chemistry. PLEASE NOTE THAT access to this database is by password only.
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
Over 4,000 articles, 7,500 illustrations, 180,000 index entries and 26,000 links. From the opening page, select "Search Our Database" to use the main search screen. Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.
GEOBASE (FirstSearch)
Bibliographic database provides geography, geology and ecology citations and abstracts. Covers journals, books, monographs, conference proceedings, and reports. Please note that this database is accessible ONLY IN THE LIBRARY.
Environmental studies and ecology database contains citations and abstracts for articles from over 265 academic journals, with additional references to books, essays, industry profiles, magazine and trade publication articles, market research reports, and pamphlets. Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.
JSTOR Archive of major journals. Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (7 titles) JSTOR
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Recent Content
Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 2003-2004
      Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 1970-2002  
Ecological Applications 1991-2007
Ecological Monographs 1931-2007
Ecology 1920-2007
Journal of Animal Ecology 1932-2004 2005-2009
Journal of Ecology 1913-2004 2005-2009
Approximately 1,200 full-text journals in the sciences and social sciences (with 120 environmental science journals), plus indexing and abstracting for over 500 additional journals. Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.
SpringerLink E-Journals Collection
Over 1,900 full-text scholarly journals in a variety of disciplines including behavioral sciences, biomedical and life sciences, business and economics, chemistry and materials science, computer science, earth and environmental science, engineering, humanities, social sciences and law, mathematics, medicine, physics and astronomy. Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.
Wiley InterScience (E-Journals Collection)
Full-text access to over 170 journals published by Wiley, with many titles in chemistry, the life sciences, medicine and health care, engineering and business, and other subjects in the natural and social sciences. Please note that access to this database is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.

Earth and Environmental Sciences List of Journals (Online and Print)

Listed by Subject - Please note that access to the online journals is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff

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New Jersey Environment Links

Jersey Sierran
Quarterly publication of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club, covering environmental issues in the state. Also see the Sierra Activist, a daily news summary with links to dozens of articles.
New Jersey Audubon Society
The New Jersey Audubon Society (NJAS) is a privately supported, not-for profit, statewide membership organization. The New Jersey Audubon Society fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey's citizens; protects New Jersey's birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey's valuable natural habitats.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
The New Jersey Conservation Foundation preserves land and natural resources. Through acquisition and stewardship, NJCF protects strategic lands; and promotes strong land use policies.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
On America's first official "Earth Day" April 22, 1970, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was born. New Jersey became the third state in the country to consolidate its past programs into a unified major agency to administer aggressive environmental protection and conservation efforts managing natural resources and solving pollution problems.
New Jersey Environmental Digital Library
The NJEDL is an online library of environmental literature and multimedia related to New Jersey. The collection includes documents and reports, scientific studies, photographs, videos, maps, and more. Most of the items in this collection are considered "grey literature" - unavailable through common research tools like library catalogs and indexes.
New Jersey Geological Survey
The NJ Geological Survey is a public service and research agency within the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. The agency's purpose is to map, research, interpret and provide scientific information regarding the state's geology and ground water resources. This information supports the regulatory and planning functions of DEP and other governmental agencies and provides the business community and public with the information necessary to address environmental concerns and make economic decisions.
NY/NJ Baykeeper
NY/NJ Baykeeper is the citizen guardian of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. They improve public access, conserve and restore public lands, restore aquatic habitats, encourage appropriate and discourage inappropriate development, carry out public education, and work with federal and NY/NJ state regulators and citizen groups as partners in planning for a sustainable future for the Hudson-Raritan Estuary watershed.

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U.S. Geological Survey
The USGS is an independent fact-finding agency that collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems.
U.S. Department of the Interior
Find information about improving national parks, promoting healthy forests, protecting endangered species and wildlife, improving the quality of life for Indian tribes and the promotion of energy policy.
Geological Timeline - San Diego Natural History Museum: Fossil Mysteries
This site has a complete timeline of life forms and geologic development. Retrieve information about the the collection and preservation of scientific specimens for research.
How Volcanoes Work
Created by noted vulcanologist Dr. Victor E. Camp in conjunction with NASA's Project ALERT (Augmented Learning Environment and Renewable Teaching), this site contains sections on volcano morphology, dyanamics, historical eruptions. Also included are eruption animations, links to downloadable programs, and discussion of advanced topics.
Mineralogy Database
This mineral database contains 4,339 individual mineral species descriptions with links and a comprehensive image library. Visit the "What's New" section for details.
Soil Science Society of America
Locate information on enhancing the sustainability of soils, the environment, and society by integrating diverse scientific disciplines and principles in soil science.

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(ALSO) Advancing the Science of Limnology and Oceanography
ASLO fosters a diverse, international scientific community that creates, integrates and communicates knowledge across the full spectrum of aquatic sciences, advances public awareness and education about aquatic resources and research, and promotes scientific stewardship of aquatic resources for the public interest. Its products and activities are directed toward these ends.
Beach Standards Monitoring and Notification
Improving public health and environmental protection for United States beaches.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA History is an intrinsic part of the history of the United States and the development of its science and commercial infrastructure. The ancestor agencies of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration include the United States Coast Survey established in 1807, the United States Weather Bureau established in 1870, and the United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries, established in 1871.
The Oceanography Page
A very inclusive geographical listing of sites including electronic publications, societies, newsgroups and mailing lists about the ocean. These pages are maintained by Dave Stevens of the School of Mathematics at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, England.
U.N. Atlas of the Oceans
The UN Atlas of the Oceans is an Internet portal providing information relevant to the sustainable development of the oceans. It is designed for policy-makers who need to become familiar with ocean issues and for scientists, students and resource managers who need access to databases and approaches to sustainability.
Data and information on the location, status, threats, monitoring, legislation, and management of coral reefs in 131 countries. Locate data on coral bleaching and custom-made maps of coral reefs. ReefBase is a project by The WorldFish Center, an international, non-profit research organization dedicated to reduce poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture. The WorldFish Center is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a strategic alliance of members, partners and international agricultural centers that mobilizes science to benefit the poor.
This website is dedicated to ocean education, where you will find information about things like: the biggest sea animals, marine biology careers and answers to common ocean/animal questions.

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National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center
Current Weather and Forecasts as well as other weather related information for the United States.
The Online Guides for Meteorology
The Online Meteorology Guide is a collection of web-based instructional modules that use multimedia technology and the dynamic capabilities of the web. These resources incorporate text, colorful diagrams, animation, computer simulations, audio and video to introduce fundamental concepts in the atmospheric sciences. This web server is a result of cooperation amongst personnel in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Collaborative Visualization Project (CoVis), the Horizon Project, and NCSA.
National Climatic Data Center
The mission of the National Climatic Data Center(NCDC) is to provide access and stewardship to the nation's resource of global climate and weather related data and information, and assess and monitor climate variation and change. The NCDC makes available a wide variety of data files and reports at no charge to educational institutions, but the reports must be accessed through this link on the Library's web page.
Naval Oceanography Portal /Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)
Surface Analysis Charts and Satellite Imagery to forecast typhoons and other severe weather.
U.S. Global Change Research Program
The Global Change Research Program integrates federal research on climate and global change, as sponsored by thirteen federal agencies and overseen by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, the National Economic Council and the Office of Management and Budget.

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Environmental Law

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Describes what the EPA does including developing and enforcing regulations, performing environmental research and furthering environmental education.
The Environmental Law Net
Environmental Law Net was created in 1998 to provide information on environmental law research and news for attorneys, and environmental managers. Environmental Law Net is produced and edited by professionals in the industry and environmental lawyers.
ECOLEX: The Gateway to Environmental Law
The ECOLEX database includes information on treaties, international soft-law and other non-binding policy and technical guidance documents, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. Users have direct access to the abstracts and indexing information about each document, as well as to the full text of most of the information provided. ECOLEX is operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP.
European Environmental Law
At the European Environmental Law Website you can find full text cases, legislation and other materials related to European Environmental Law. Apart from these primary sources, several dossiers and articles offer a more in depth view on specific issues.

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(ATSDR) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed this agency is to utilize science to take responsive public health actions, and provide trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and disease related to toxic substances.
Envrofacts Data Warehouse
This site from the Environmental Protection Agency contains information about more than 650 toxic chemicals that are being used, manufactured, treated, transported, or released into the environment. With Envirofacts, you can determine which facilities in your area of interest have reported toxic releases, Including air emissions, water surface water discharges, releases to land, underground injections, and transfers to off-site locations.
Ecological Exposure Research
This site from the Environmental Protection Agency contains information used to improve the scientific basis for understanding, measuring, and protecting biological integrity so that EPA and other resource agencies can make sound, defensible environmental decisions.
Toxic Cleanup Program
This site is from the Washington State Department of Ecology. They address the legacy of contaminated sites resulting from past practices as well as on newly created and discovered contamination problems. Learn about cleanup sites, sediments and underground storage tanks.
Scorecard, The Pollution Information Site
Get an in-depth pollution report for your county, covering air, water, chemicals,as well as answers to the most commonly asked questions on nationwide pollution.

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The Hydrologic Cycle: online meteorology guide
This interactive site from the University of Illinois describes the Hydrology cycle in detail.
America Waterworks Association: Water Wiser
The AWWA is a resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America.
Ground Water and Drinking Water
This site from the Environmental Protection Agency contains a list of contaminants and their Maximum Contaminant Level (MCLs). It also gives information about the standards for safe drinking water and explains the EPA's standard-setting process. The national primary drinking water regulations are also explained. The complete regulations regarding these contaminants available from the Code of Federal Regulations web site.

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Maintained by R. Schwartz - Library Liaison to the Environmental Science Department
Last Updated April 8, 2010