This research guide introduces selected academic publications related to global environmental history. Use the menu on the left to navigate and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Use the book now button on the right to schedule a meeting with me.

Encyclopedias, Companions & Handbooks

The Library has a large collection of subject-specific encyclopedias, handbooks, and companions with exhaustive and well-researched articles written by subject experts. These essays are great introductions to the historiography of a topic and helpful in defining and focusing it. They often include recommended secondary and primary sources.

Companion to Global Environmental History
Edited by J. R. McNeill and Erin S. Mauldin. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2012

Companion to American Environmental History
Edited by Douglas C. Sackman. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2010.

Oxford Handbook of Environmental History
Edited by Andrew C. Isenberg. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press)
Each handbook introduces and surveys the state of scholarship through review articles written by leading subject specialists.

Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press)  Tutorial
Offers expert literature reviews.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias (Oxford University Press)
Offers peer-reviewed topical introductions and literature reviews written by well-regarded authorities.

Gale eBooks
Search multiple encyclopedias simultaneously. GVRL includes the Environmental Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, and U.S. Environmental Policy and Politics: A Documentary History among many other titles.

Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History
Edited by Lynn Dumenil. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Chronology of Americans and the Environment
By Chris J. Magoc. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

Books & Book Chapters

Much of the scholarly literature in the field is published in books which are often referred to as monographs. Find books in the Library’s collection with a Books & Media search. For a more comprehensive review of the literature consult WorldCat and use the integrated Borrow from other libraries feature to request books which are not locally available.

Falvey Library Catalog (Books & Media)
Keyword and subject searches in the Library's catalog are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets such as topic, era, language or region. Facets are located on the right hand side of the results screen.

WorldCat (FirstSearch)
Offers comprehensive indexing of books published world-wide and highlights those available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested with an online request form. Look for the Borrow from another library link.

Presents an archive of selected core journals and books in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics.

EZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Requests books that are not available on campus from other libraries.

Academic Journals

The Library subscribes to a wide range of history journals including Environment and History and Environmental History. Use the Journal & Article Finder or the Articles & more search options on the Library’s website to look up known references. Request articles from journals that are not part of the Library's collections through interlibrary loan. The journal databases listed here index the contents of most if not all history journals and are by far the best tools to discover articles published in these journals.

America: History and Life (EBSCO)
Indexes the literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes citations for journal and magazine articles, book reviews and dissertations. Abstracts of journal articles are included together with selected full-text. Indexing goes back to 1964.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals, magazines, books, book reviews and dissertations that cover world history from 1450 to the present, excluding North American history. Includes abstracts for academic journal articles and selective full-text content. Coverage extends back to 1953.

Provides a full text archive of academic journals and books in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. The most recent three to five years of a journal are usually not included.

Articles & More Search
Search all the library's e-resources simultaneously. While results may be fuzzy and overwhelming, Articles & More is easy to use and can be helpful as long as results are limited to peer-reviewed journals.

Primary Sources

Discover primary sources through the Books & Media search option on the Library’s website. The Library’s collections include many books with reproduced primary sources. Author and subject searches are particularly helpful. Use WorldCat to expand your search and ask for assistance if needed. Consult the Newspapers & Magazines and/or the Primary Sources research guides for further details. for further details.

Books & Media
Find primary sources in the catalog with keywords such as correspondence, diaries, personal narratives, speeches, documents and sources together with keywords that describe your topic.

WorldCat (FirstSearch)
Includes all books published in English as well as many foreign language works. Highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested with a convenient link to an online request form.

New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Provides full-text access to the complete New York Times archive except for the most current three years. Use Nexis-Uni for access to current content.

Washington Post Historical: 1877- (ProQuest)
Contains the full text of all Washington Post and Washington Post/Times-Herald title variations, from 1877 until seventeen years ago. For more recent Washington Post articles, see Nexis Uni (1977 - present).

Black Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Offers access to the major African American newspapers of the 20th century: the Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), the Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988), the Cleveland Call & Post (1934-1991), the Chicago Defender (1910-1975), the Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), the New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), the Norfolk Journal & Guide (1921-2003), the Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001), and the Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002).

The Times
Note: The newspaper is available full text in the database, Lexis-Nexis * [July 1985 - to date]

Nexis Uni  Limitations on Use
Formerly known as LexisNexis Academic. Provides full text access to national and international newspaper and magazine articles and news transcripts, business, company, and industry information in the U.S. and abroad, and legal documents, including U.S. Federal and State court cases, and law reviews. Coverage varies.

Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (EBSCO)
Indexes popular U.S. magazines

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)
Indexes popular U.S. magazines.

American Periodicals (ProQuest)
Provides access to the full text of American magazines and journals published from the colonial period to the early 20th century.

British Periodicals (ProQuest)
Provides access to British periodicals published from the 17th through the early 20th century with the majority of content from the 19th century. Covers a broad range of topics.

Internet Archive
Provides digital access to books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Most of the freely available files are books published prior to 1923 and government documents.

Hathi Trust Digital Library
Provides full text access to digital copies of books, pamphlets, and journals available in the public domain. Most of the freely available texts are pre-1923 imprints and government documents.

Citing Your Sources

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 17th edition of the Manual is the most current. The online version includes a Citation Quick Guide with examples. The Library's website offers a short introduction and overview to the Notes and Bibliography System commonly used in the humanities.