The Environment: Databases

Full-text journal article databases

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Other environmental databases by subject
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NEW!! Greenfile
Open-access to citations and full-text scholarly and general interest titles, govenrment documents and reports on human affects on the environment.
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Important! There is environmental information in a majority of databases that are not dedicated specifically to environmental research. For more comprehensive research help...

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engineering & sciences
public policy
social sciences

Other Environmental Databases by subject

Engineering and Science
Public Policy

Arts Building Suite
Online access to articles, reviews, and news from Environmental Building News (EBN), a product listings from the GreenSpec products directory, and project case studies from a High-Performance Buildings Database.


World Development Indicators Online
from the World Bank - provides datasets for more than 700 development indicators, in areas such as finance, communications, the environment, education, labor, health, and economics, for 208 countries and 18 country groups, from 1960 to the present.

Engineering & Science

Agricultural & Environmental Biotechnology Abstracts

Biology Digest
(in FirstSearch: Life Sciences) is a non-technical digest in biology, technology and health that covers 200 biological journals. This database is designed for undergraduates and non-scientists

Chemical Abstracts/SciFinder Scholar
SciFinder Scholar is an interface to scientific information from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS); search more than 14 million chemical references and more than 223 million substances;
point-and-click access to the entire CA database, with references to nearly 9,500 journals going back to 1907, as well as patents from 29 countries, technical reports, books, conference proceedings, and dissertations. It covers world-wide literature in all areas of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and related sciences. Citations are linked to full text articles of electronic journals to which Carnegie Mellon subscribes. Links to full text patents are also available in many cases.

Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management
Search many databases in one interface from Cambridge Scientific Abstracts providing multidisciplinary coverage in the environmental sciences.

EI Compendex
a comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database with abstracts from over 5,000 international journals, conference papers and technical reports

(in FirstSearch: General Science) covers global literature on geology, geography, ecology and related disciplines. Includes all references published in Geographical Abstracts journals. Over 5000 journals indexed; over 2000 books, conference proceedings and reports indexed. Beginning in 1989, Ph. D. and Masters theses are also included.

National Library for the Environment
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).
The service provides daily news coverage on environmental issues; access to congressional reports and briefing books, laws and treaties, educational resources; information about jobs & careers, meetings; over 300 links to journals (some full text), virtual topic libraries, reference materials; and much more.

Official resource for government sponsored U.S. and worldwide scientific, technical, engineering and business-related information; includes summaries of research, development and engineering, and analyses prepared by federal agencies, contractors and grantees; also the means through which unclassified, publicly available research reports are made available for sale by agencies such as NASA, DOD and the EPA.

Public Policy

Congressional Green Sheets
congressional environmental, energy and natural resources news

CQ Library
an excellent resource for nonpartisan news and analysis of public affairs. It provides full-text web access to two of Congressional Quarterly's premiere publications, the CQ Weekly and the CQ Researcher.

LexisNexis Congressional

comprehensive access to U.S. legislative information

Policy Central
the online home for these National Journal publications: National Journal, CongressDaily, The Hotline, American Health Line, and Technology Daily. These are good sources for keeping up with a wide variety of public policy issues


TRIS Online
public-domain, web-based version of the Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) bibliographic database, as a component of the National Transportation Library. Its purpose is to enhance transportation research, safety, and operations by sharing knowledge and information


Community of Science
a global registry designed to provide accurate, timely, easy-to-access information about what new funding opportunities exist, and who is working on what subject, and where. "Science" in this context is defined along the lines of the Latin word "scientia," meaning "knowledge." Researchers in all disciplines are welcome in the Community of Science

LexisNexis Academic
features full-text access to business, legal and general medical/health information. This database offers continually updated news items, background information on current issues, company financial information, company and industry news, law reviews, federal case law, accounting and auditing tax information, and access to quick information through online reference resources and directories. LexisNexis also has a section that includes full-text of several health newsletters and abstracts of articles in major medical journals.

Proquest Direct
premier online information service, providing convenient search and retrieval from thousands of news and other publications. Many articles are in full-text and image format.

Web of Science
is a multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts, covering the literature of the sciences, social sciences and the arts & humanities. Users may choose to search across all the databases, or select just one. This unique database indexes and links cited references for each article. All formats provide complete bibliographic data and additional features, such as cited reference searching, links to related articles, plus author and publisher addresses.