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Environmental Science: Articles on your topic

A guide to the library resources for environmental science.

Start with these...

Primary Sources

Primary Sources in the Sciences:

  • Report original research, ideas, or scientific discoveries for the first time
  • Report results and data from experiments or research studies
  • Are also referred to as primary research, primary articles, or research studies
  • Are frequently found in peer-reviewed or scholarly journals
  • Explain the research methodology used
  • Often include methods, results, and discussion sections
  • Do not include secondary sources such as meta-analyses, systematic reviews, or literature reviews

Examples of Primary Sources:

  • Research articles published in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals
  • Conference papers
  • Patents
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Clinical trials
  • Lab notebooks

Searching Tips

Keywords are...

  • A good way to start a search.
  • The important concepts in your own words.
  • Found anywhere in the article (title, author, subject terms, etc.).
  • Very flexible.

Connecting concepts...

  • Join similar ideas or alternate term with "OR."
  • Link different parts of your topic with "AND."
  • Exclude concepts with "NOT."

Limit to Peer-Reviewed, Refereed or Scholarly articles...

  • This is part of the publication & editorial process for academic and research journals.  Being peer-reviewed is a sign that a paper's author(s) have done a certain level of due diligence in their work and their research is complete, manages conflicts-of-interest, and is fair and objective.

Narrow the Date Range...

  • When looking for Current Research or Evidence-Based Practices limit your date range to the last 3-5 years.

Still not finding anything?  Ask a Librarian!

PDF vs. Find Full-Text

When you're looking at search results in a database you're going to see a few different ways to get to the full article, usually either...

 or  Find Full-Text green button

Both of these will take you to the article!


Click the Find Full-Text button and a new tab or window will open. In this tab, your article will load automatically. You will also see a YELLOW ribbon with a link saying "Go To Full Text Finder Results"--click the link if the article doesn't load on its own.