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ESPM 10: Environmental Issues: Start

Relationship between human society and the natural environment.

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Welcome!  Use this guide to search for books, ebooks, articles, and other resources on environmental topics.

For more resources, use Bioscience Top Ten List, visit the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library web site, or use the ESPM Guide. Please contact us if you have difficulty finding or accessing library resources.  

Wireless Access

On campus use: Airbears 2.

Off-Campus Access

Off-campus access to licensed resources is limited to current UCB faculty, staff and students.

Use the Proxy Server to access licensed resources after authenticating as a Berkeley student, faculty or staff member. You must configure your web browser. Proxy resources: Proxy Server FAQ. iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch setup instructions.

Virtual Private Network (VPN) will establish a "tunnel" to our campus network, allow access a broader variety of licensed resources.

Sample Search

Research and analyze an environmental event or particular adverse event.

  • Write your research topic as a question, subject idea or thesis statement.
    Example: What are the adverse effects from air pollution?

  • List the main concepts.
    Example: acid rain, water contamination, algae blooms, haze, smog, effects on wildlife, ozone depletion, crop and forest damage, global climate change, respiratory system diseases, human health problems,
  • List key words, phrases, synonyms, & alternative terms to search: - Be Creative.
    Example: air pollution, indoor air pollution, natural ventilation, asthma, air particles, threat to human health, technology, equipment, water contamination, smog,
  • Remember to include other collections and disciplines:
    Environmental Design
    Public Policy
    Public Health

  • Sample searches:
    air pollution and California
    (air pollution or smog) and global warming

More on getting started

Library Research Workshop 101
An online tutorial providing an introduction to library and research skills at the UC Libraries, including:

  • Understanding an assignment
  • Choosing a topic
  • Developing search terms (keywords)
  • Choosing sources


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