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Global Environmental History

Exploring and Focusing Topics

The Library has a large number of subject-specific online encyclopedias with exhaustive and well-researched entries written by subject experts. The essays in these encyclopedias and companions are great overviews and generally helpful in defining and focusing a topic. All essays include bibliographies that lead to further sources on a topic.

Encyclopedias, Companions & General Histories

Gale Virtual Reference Library
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.
A self-paced interactive tutorial is available for those new to this resource.

Oxford Handbook of Environmental History

Companion to American Environmental History
Includes over 30 essays that examine the field of American environmental history. Organized in five topically themed parts, with essays ranging from American Indian Environmental Relations to Cities and Suburbs.

Companion to Global Environmental History

Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History
See the essay on environmentalism by Donald Worster.

Chronology of Americans and the Environment
Browse critical events in American Environmental History from pre-Columbian times to the twenty-first century.

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (2nd Ed.)
Entries related to environmental ethics cover such topics as speciesism, environmental justice, issues of land use, and agricultural ethics.

Encyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States

Encyclopedia of American Social Movements
See the excellent entries on the Environmental Movement and the Native American Movement.

Environmental Law Handbook
21st edition

The Environmental Debate: A Documentary History
Primary sources on American environmental history from the colonial period to the present.
Print only.

U.S. Environmental Policy and Politics: A Documentary History
Primary sources on American environmental policy ranging from complaints about industrial pollution in colonial Philadelphia to the Kyoto Protocol.
Print only.

Oxford History of Historical Writing
See chapter on "The Historiography of Environmentalism."

Companion to Western Historical Thought
See chapter on "Historicizing Natural Environments."

Discover relevant articles in encyclopedias, companions and handbooks with the help of the library's Articles & more search option. Simply select Articles & more, type keywords which describe your topic into the search box and select the format facet Reference on the results screen (see screenshot below).



Falvey Library Catalog
Books and book chapters in the Library's print collection are an important source of critical literature. Search results can be narrowed with facets, which appear to the right of the results. Topic, region, era, and language are generally helpful facets.

WorldCat (OCLC)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.
WorldCat Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Use E-ZBorrow or interlibrary loan to request resources not available in Falvey's collections.

Journal Articles

America: History and Life (EBSCO)
This database indexes over 1,700 academic history journals such as Environment & History, Environmental History, Environmental Review, Environment & Culture. The FindIt button links to the full text of the articles in the Library's collection as well as to an interlibrary loan form. An online tutorial is available for those new to this database.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
An annotated reference guide to the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Provides indexing of more than 2,300 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955 as well as book reviews and dissertations.
A Short Introduction to Historical Abstracts is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

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.

A searchable and browsable archive of full-text core journals in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics. JSTOR does not include all of the library's journal content.


Environmental History (OUP)
Published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of Forest History Society and American Society for Environmental History.
Coverage: 1996 - present (Vol. 1 -)

Environmental History Review
Published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of Forest History Society and American Society for Environmental History.
Coverage: 1990-1995 (Vol. 14 - Vol. 19)

Environmental Review: ER
Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Forest History Society and American Society for Environmental History.
Coverage: 1976-1989 (Vol. 1 - Vol. 13)

Environment and History
Published by White Horse Press in affiliation with the European Society for Environmental History.
Villanova University does not subscribe to this journal, but its contents can be discovered through JSTOR and pertinent articles may be requested through interlibrary loan.

Primary Sources

Falvey Library Catalog
Discover primary sources published in books with the help of the library's catalog. Add keywords such as diaries, reports, correspondence, speeches, sources, "personal narratives," or any other term that describes a type of primary source.

New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Complete coverage from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current two years. Includes classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary. A simple search for the phrase "environmental justice" shows that the New York Times used this phrase for the first time on January 17, 1977 in reference to the dumping of mining waste into Lake Superior.

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).

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

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

Lexis Nexis Academic
Provides full-text access to a wide range of news, business, and legal sources.

Alternative Press Index (EBSCO)
Indexes over 200 journals from the alternative, radical and left presses, newspapers and magazines covering cultural, economic, political and social change. Includes selected abstracts from research journals. Includes such titles as Earth First!, Green Horizon, Peace Review, New Solutions, and Co-op America Quarterly.

Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)
Offers access to full-text articles from newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. While most of the content is in English, significant Spanish and other language content is included. Coverage for most newspapers and magazines goes back to the early 1990s, but earlier content is also available.

CQ Press Library (CQ Press)
Combines many Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Press resources for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set: 1817–1994 (Readex)
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives from the 15th Congress through the 103rd Congress. The collection covers a wide range of subjects ranging from the Lewis and Clarke Expedition to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.

Citing Your Sources

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 17th edition of the standard style manual used by writers and editors of scholarly books and journals.
For a quick introduction watch the online tutorial A Brief Introduction to the Chicago Manual of Style.
Chicago-Style Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to Chicago Style.
Use the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide for easy reference.

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