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This guide is for Southern Oregon University students who are doing research in environmental studies or environmental education.
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Databases to Search for Scholarly Articles

What is are scholarly (or peer-reviewed) articles, and how can they be found at SOU?
Scholarly articles are published after scrutiny and comment by "peers" (usually experts in a field of study), a process that leads to refinement and improvement of the article by the time it appears in print.  Peer-reviewed articles are written for an informed, usually academic audience. Scholarly journals look different from popular literature such as news or hobby magazines.  For more information about how to recognize peer-reviewed articles, click here.  SOU Hannon Library has subscriptions to print scholarly journals and provides access to thousands of online peer-reviewed articles from journals online.  Use the databases below to find online and print articles in fields of environmental studies. 
EBSCO GreenFile,  Agricola, and Academic Search Complete (may be searched separately or together) - may be limited to peer-reviewed sources.  EBSCO databases allow searching multiple databases at once. Consider this if your topic also touches upon topics in other subject areas such as Anthropology, Communication, Military Science or Sociology. In EBSCO databases full text, when available, may be downloaded or e-mailed to your e-mail account complete with full citation in the format (APA, MLA, etc.) recommended for your assignment.  You may also create and maintain folders of sources in EBSCO databases.  
Sage Journals - searchable database of over 460 scholarly journals, many in science and technology
Wiley InterScience Journals   - searchable database of 1,500 scholarly journals, some available in full-text at SOU

SpringerLink Journals - searchable database of 1,300 scholarly journals, some available in full-text at SOU.  Unclick "Articles" at far left before you search.  You may limit retrievals to articles once you have the results. 

JSTOR - an archive of core peer-reviewed journals allows searching from the first year of a journal to 3-5 years ago; limit by subject is recommended
Gale Environmental Studies and Policy Collection - includes public policy and private sector perspectives; may be limited to peer-reviewed sources

    Google Scholar

    • Google Scholar
      "Search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations." Most are NOT full text. You can then use "Journals by Title" (bottom this page) to find the citation within Hannon Library Databases.

    Digital Archives and Websites

    Daily Climate - digest of current news items about weather and climate, the effects of weather and climate, energy and energy sources; cite items like online magazine or newspaper articles (sources should be included).  Ads may appear in article views.

    Southern Oregon Digital Archives Bioregion - recent and historical texts (many illustrated, many with maps) treating government and nonprofit environmental issues in Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion

    Oregon Explorer Natural Resources Digital Library - has regional portals for the Umpqua, Deschutes, Willamette and Lakes Basins, and North Coast; Topical links cover wildfire, wetlands, and land use.

    Klamath Waters Digital Library - recent and historical materials about water issues of the Greater Klamath Basin, including government and interest group materials, some illustrated, some have maps; Oregon Institute of Technology Digital Collections also offers the Crater Lake Digital Research Collection

    Western Waters Digital Library - significant resources on water in the Western United States

    GEOS Institute - Publications link for Ashland-based nonprofit research organization; work on climate change is international in scope, earlier work as National Center for Conservation Science and Policy was partly regionally focused

    SORA: Searchable Ornithological Research Archive - Full text archive of important journals in bird studies; some titles are historical, while others have a three-year delay.

    Links for Climate Data - In Helpful Links box

    Links for Water Issues Data - In Internet Resources, Government Sites box

    Western Soundscape Archive  - Ambient recordings of birds and other animals in environments of western states, including Oregon, plus Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; with species images                             

    World Database on Protected Areas - Terrestrial and marine biodiversity conservation sites worldwide


      Featured Books

      Search for books in the Hannon Library Catalog.  If you are away from the library and need electronic books, limit your search by Material Type EBooks. You may borrow hard-copy books from 36 other Northwest institutions through searching in Summit and completing the online request process.

      Cover Art
      Carbon Capture - Jennifer Wilcox
      Call Number: SD387.C37 W55 2012 Floor 3
      ISBN: 1461422140
      Publication Date: 2012

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      Coal Energy Systems - Bruce G. Miller
      Call Number: e-book available online; log in if required and follow steps to access
      ISBN: 0124974511
      Publication Date: 2004-10-15

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      Climate Change and Threatened Communities - A. Peter Castro; Dan Taylor (Editor); David W. Brokensha (Editor)
      Call Number: QC903.2.D44 C55 2012 Floor 3
      ISBN: 1853397350
      Publication Date: 2012

      Cover Art
      The U. S. Energy Grid - Greenhaven
      Call Number: TJ163.25.U6 U8 2012 Floor 3
      ISBN: 0737756020
      Publication Date: 2012

      Cover Art
      Nuclear Power - Greenhaven Press (Editor)
      Call Number: K9008 .N83 2013 Floor 3
      ISBN: 0737760621
      Publication Date: 2012



      Journals by Title

      How do I find a particular journal?

      1. Open the Hannon Library Catalog.
      2. Select “In the title” from the first dropdown.
      3. Enter the journal title in the search box.
      4. Select Material Type: “Journals.”
      5. Hit Search.

      If we have it, you should see results appear in a list. Click “View Online” to see options for reading the journal online. Click “Get it” to learn more about what physical print issues we have.

      If you don’t see any links, then we probably don’t have it and you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan. It will take 1-7 business days and costs $2 for SOU students for each article. You will receive it electronically when it arrives.


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