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Environmental Science and Studies Research Guide

This guide serves all of Iowa State's environmental programs as well as the many courses that share themes of sustainability, resource management, and environmental awareness.

open hand holding dirt and leafResearch guide for Environment & Sustainability

This research guide will assist you with environmental science, environmental studies and interdisciplinary sustainability research. If you have any questions or suggestions I'd love to hear them. You can schedule a research appointment or email me a question using the contact information on this guide.

Getting started with environmental and sustainability research

One of the challenges of environmental and sustainability research is that it is multidisciplinary. In practical terms this means that you'll need to search multiple databases and change search terms to match different disciplines. 

Another challenge is that the words "environment" and "sustainable" are used in many different ways so searches with these words will need added context. Make sure to add other words to your search to narrow results down to what you need. As an example, "urban sustainable water use " is a better search than "sustainable water." 

Make sure to review the Search Tips & Tricks page if you're having trouble getting results and try consulting another research guide (some examples are below) or contacting a librarian for help.

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Lorrie Pellack
Head, Research & Instruction Services Dept.
150c Parks Library
Ames, IA 50011-2140
Phone: 515-294-5569