Environmental Policy Databases


LexisNexis Congressional: This site includes congressional publications, current topics of debate, members and committees, full text of proposed and recent bills, laws and regulations, and much more. From this site, you can also search the Federal Register and other documents.

For legislation in the House:

For legislation in the Senate:




National Library of the Environment is a free, non-advocacy online environmental information service managed by the Committee for the National Institute for the Environment (CNIE), a non-profit organization. CNIE's mission is to improve the scientific basis for making decisions on environmental issues through the successful operation of a National Institute for the Environment (NIE)


THOMAS: In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Search for Legislation, Committees and their reports, congressional voting, presidential nominations, and so on.

Environmental/ Government Policy Websites


Regulations.gov is your source for all regulations (or rulemakings) issued by U.S. government agencies.


The Federal Register:Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.


The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) is a currently updated version of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It is not an official legal edition of the CFR.


The NLE currently posts 2050 CRS Reports on environmental and related topics.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), part of the Library of Congress, prepares its reports for the U.S. Congress. CRS products undergo review for accuracy and objectivity and contain nontechnical information that can be very useful to people interested in environmental policy.


Peter S. Thacher Environment Collection, 1960-1996. Environmental Science and Public Policy Archives, HarvardCollege.


CQ weekly:Readers get in-depth reports on issues looming on the congressional horizon, plus a complete wrap up the previous week's news, including the status of bills in play, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, committee and floor activity, debates and all roll-call votes.

Environmental Reference Resources

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology 


Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry


Water encyclopedia


Books in the collection

TD9 .S37 2002E&S Library, Reference
Dictionary of water and waste management

TP168 .R49 2002E&S Library, Reference
Handbook of chemical and environmental engineering calculations

QD142 .A5 2005E&S Library, Reference
Standard methods for the examination of water & wastewater

TD208 .D75 2001E&S Library, Reference
The drinking water dictionary

TP248 .I8M45 2003Mellon Institute Library, Reference
MDI and TDI : a safety, health and the environment : a source book and practical guide

GE170 .H3663 2007Hunt Library
Handbook of globalization and the environment