Smart Searching

To save time and effort when searching the library's online databases, try these searching tips:

  • Brainstorm a variety of keywords to use when searching (global warming, climate change, environmental health)
  • Use quotes to search for a phrase ("colony collapse disorder")
  • Connect keywords with and (agriculture and environment
  • Use or to search synonyms (swine flu or H1N1)
  • Use * to get different word endings (ethic* will find ethics, ethical, and ethically, etc.)

Use the peer reviewed, scholarly, or refereed search limiters in databases.

Library Search -- Books

Search for books and ebooks in LibSearch


Advanced Search

Search for Journals/Magazines

Basic Reference Sources

Not sure where to begin your research?

Try searching for biology and environmental science dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Search Help

Check out our Library Help Center for help searching CLICnet, Scopus, and many other online databases.

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