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ENG 175: Environmental Destruction: Research Resources


This research guide is designed for students doing research for Literature and the Environment. If you run into any problems, or need more assistance, don't hesitate to use the calendar to request a personal research session. For a quick overview of doing research for this class - see my video. ~ Rosalind Tedford

Books and eBooks

Use the library's online search interface, Primo, to locate books, ebooks, films, and other materials. For quick videos on how to use the search check out ZSR's YouTube Channel Playlist

  • To find books on a theme or issue in an author's work, enter the name of the author/work and a term that best conveys the issue you are researching, e.g. Thoreau Environmentalism.
  • Use the filters on the left to refine your search by date range, format, and other categories.
  • Change the "Relevance" sorting menu to "Date Descending" to retrieve more recent books first.
  • Here are some terms for you to try out:
    • Environmentalism
    • "Environmental Protection in Literature"
    • "Environmental Policy"
    • "American Literature"
    • "Green Movement"
    • Ecocriticism

Browse the Stacks

ZSR Library uses the Library of Congress classification system to keep books with similar subjects near each other. You may want to check out these areas of the library to browse for books on environmentalism and literature. Look for call numbers that start like this:

  • GE - Environmental Sciences (Reynolds 7)
  • GF - Human ecology. (Reynolds 7)
  • JA 75.8 - Political Science -Theory - Politcal Ecology (Reynolds 4)
  • PN - Literature (General) (Reynolds 5)
  • PR - English Literature (Reynolds 3)
  • PS - American Literature (Reynolds 3)
  • QH - Natural History (General) (Reynolds 1)

Podcast Project Research

Government Resources
ZSR Databases 

Background Information to Start Your Research

Background sources provide an overview of a given subject, introduce basic concepts, summarize key issues, define terminology, and cite factual information. The articles, written by experts in the field, may also refer to other entries on related topics, and frequently include brief bibliographies to lead the researcher to other resources.


Use online databases to locate short and subject-specific resources like journal articles, newspaper articles, book chapters, and more. Below are some of the most likely databases to be useful in your research. 

Literature and History Databases

Environmental Science Databases 

Politics and Law Databases

Subject Guide

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