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Earth & Environmental Science: Getting Started

Reference Books

A great way to start your research is by reading overviews and summaries of a potential topic.  Reference books, like encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks, provide this type of authoritative information in a very condensed format.   Reference books will:

  • include helpful introductory information
  • contain citations to other sources
  • list statistics, dates and facts
  • provide reviews, biographies and definitions

Use these materials to give you ideas for a topic, write down relevant facts and keywords, and then search Primo or the library databases to locate books and articles.  

History and People

Oceans and Coasts

Invasive Species

Environmental Issues


Natural Disasters