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QuickList of Env Sci Research Databases

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  • Agricola  
    Indexes articles in "applied biology" including aquaculture & fisheries, forestry, wildlife management & conservation, extension & education. 1970-present.
  • CAB Abstracts
    Similar subject coverage to Agricola but produced by the British Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux. Longer date coverage: 1910-present
  • Engineering Village
    Indexes engineering journal articles, conference papers, and web sites, 1884-present. Useful for engineering aspects of the Building and Construction Technology program, or regarding structures for water resources or conservation plans.
  • Environment Index
    Citations to articles on the environment from scientific, legal, and popular journals, 1950’s- present.
  • GeoRef
    Scholarly articles, books, dissertations, maps, and reports relating to geological sciences, 1785-present.
  • GreenFILE
    Scholarly journal and magazine articles on the environment and sustainability in building, agriculture and energy, 1973-current.
    Good place for an overview. Journal articles, encyclopedia entries, case studies and web sites on environmental issues, arranged topically and/or geographically
  • PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) International
    References to public policy literature: articles, scholarly and government literature, and research reports, in European languages, 1915-present.
  • SciFinder Web
    Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) databases for chemistry and related scientific fields. Mid 1800's -. Also known as Medline and CAPlus.
    Requires account registration with UMass Amherst email account. License terms require that users connect to SciFinder Web through a computer on the UMass Amherst network.
  • Sustainability Watch
    Presents best practices in a variety of sustainability areas including environmental impacts and pollution prevention initiatives, corporate citizenship, and long-term sustainable business practices.
  • Web of Science
    Indexes selected peer-reviewed journals. Sciences covered from 1900-present. Special feature: Extensive cross-indexing of cited references in all articles.

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