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  • Read a scientific article? This movie from Purdue can step you through it.(Thanks to Michael Fosmire, Purdue University)


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Background Information

Access Science: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology:
Encyclopedia articles, illustrations, definitions, biographies, bibliographies, and learning resources appear in full-text in this online, searchable reference database.

Annual Review of Environment and Resources: A journal that provides reviews of topics within environmental science, including energy.

SAGE Reference Environment Encyclopedias: A selection of reference materials relating to the environment, climate change, energy and society.

Databases available at JMU
  • General Article Databases

    Excellent source for citation searching or finding original articles in physics. Check out the list of journals they index here.
    This is a general article database containing basic information on topics in physics. Remember that this searches popular, as well as scholarly, articles.
    General article database containing information on some physics topics

  • Energy/Environmental Article Databases

    Indexes and abstracts journal articles, conference proceedings, reports, books and government...
    Contains full text for over 820 journals on subjects from the ecosystem's ecology to urban planning...
    Abstracts of U.S. government environmental impact statements. Each entry includes...

  • Statistics

    The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. This current edition is published by ProQuest and contains information from 2013 onward.
    Access social, political, economic, and health data compiled by the US Census Bureau from 1878-2012.  Data sources include government agencies, private organizations, and professional associations.

  • International Information

            World FactBook -

A comprehensive full text source for theory and research in international affairs...
Provides full-text for over 600 U.S. and over 700 international news sources.

  • Databases focusing on Current/Controversial Topics

Searches subscribed CQ Press reference works and historical documents.
Contains secondary and primary sources discussing today's social issues...
Full text analysis of opposing viewpoints for more than 600 controversial topics in the news...

Energy Sites on the Internet

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Search the Internet for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research...


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