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ENST 350: Getting Started

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Library Resources for ENST 350

Here is a list of some of the best Reference Books on Earth and Environmental Sciences:

  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues : REF. GE10 .E52 2000 3V.
  • Atlas of United States Environmental Isuues: REF. TD171 .M37 1990
  • Encyclopedia of global change : environmental change and human society: REF. GE149 .E47 2002
  • Encyclopedia of Environment and Society: REF. HM856 .E53 2007
  • West's Encyclopedia of American Law: REF. KF 154.W47 2005


Try Starting Your Research Here

The Library offers CREDO as an online resource for finding the background information you need to begin your research for paper or presentation.



Credo Reference is an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 100 videos.


The Research Process

Name of a law: Often the name of the act passed by the legislature.

  • After the executive officer signs the act into law, the different provisions of the act are issued as Statues at Large.
  • Until the provisions are assigned titles and sections in the Code for the state or federal government, the Statutes at Large are the official legal citation.
  • Federal laws are codified in the U.S. Code
  • What this means for studying the course of enactment of a law:
    • If there are court challenges prior to the codification of the law, it will be referenced by the Statute at Large number in those cases. You should know that number to be thorough in your searching.
    • Also: Code of Federal Regulations – this is how the laws are interpreted and enforced by federal agencies (the executive branch)
    • Need to dig down and decide which title and section of the US Code will apply to the environmental problem you wish to solve.

Subject Guide

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