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Environmental Studies: 
Endangered Species, Biodiversity 
& Conservation

Compiled by D. Metzger
CSUS Science Librarian

Books Reference Sources Journal Articles Internet Sites

Use the Library of Congress call numbers below as a general guide for browsing the shelves in the Library, or use the EUREKA Library Catalog  to find  books by Title [if you of a specific book], Keyword or Subject. But be warned:  Only use a Subject search if you know the appropriate LC Subject Heading.

It is often best to begin with a keyword seach of your species  and if you like the results, look a the Subjects listed in the entry to find additional books.

GF 90       Landscape Assessment
GV 191.67   Recreational Aspects of Wilderness Areas/Outdoor Recreation
HC 79  Environmental Economics
HC 103.7    Economic Geography of Natural Resources
KF 5505  Conservation of Natural Resources-legal
QH 75 - QH77 Endangered Species-general
QK 86   Endangered Species-plants
QH 91.8    Biodiversity-marine
QL 81.5 - QL 84.77 Endangered Species-zoology

Reference Sources

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Journal Articles

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Identify articles by using one of the following indexes/abstracts. Most electronic indexes are restricted to CSUS students, faculty, & staff. Once you have identified an interesting article, use the
Find It linkFind It graphic at the bottom of an article summary to determine if we have the journal online, and/or use the EUREKA Library Catalog to determine if we have the issue in print. If you have a citation and just need to determine if we have the issue you need, use the Journal Titles tab.

Instructions for off-campus access are available at Connecting to Library Databases from Off-Campus.

Databases can be accessed through the Library's Database and Article Searching link on the Library homepage.  

    Electronic Indexes

    Citation database from the National Agriculture Library, includes journal articles, book chapters, reports, etc. on anything related to agriculture. Journal  coverage goes back to 1970.  Some full text links.

  • Acadmeic Search Premier
    Full text of over 1,000 journals in all subject areas. Good place to look for general information.

  • Biological Abstracts
    The largest index to biological information covering life science and biomedical research literature published from more than 4,000 journals internationally.

  • The Environmental Issues & Policy Index (1973-current)
    Included are citations to journals focusing on the full range of environmental topics, including scientific, technical, law and policy.

    Over 200 full text journals, but beware--there are no current articles, black-out period ranges from 3-5 years.

  • Lexis-Nexis: Academic Universe
    Full text legal information plus hundreds of newspapers from around the world.

    Science Direct
  • Searches over 1,000 journals in science, medicine and technology. Usually quite technical and mostly full text.

  • Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide (1935-current)
    Covers all aspects of wildlife & wildlife management. Good for conservation issues. Includes references from the US Fish & Wildlife Service and focuses on wild mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

  • Wiley Interscience (1996-current)
    Full text of ~300science journals.

Print Indexes

  • Bibliography of Agriculture (1942- 1991)

  • Biological Abstracts (1923-1995)

  • Zoological Record (1870-1995 for sections 1-14, 1870-current for sections 15-19)

Internet Sites

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  • Biodiversity Glossary of Terms, http://www.wri.org/biodiv/gbs-glos.htm

  • CALFED Bay Delta Program, http://calwater.ca.gov
    The mission of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program is to develop and implement a long-term comprehensive plan that will restore ecological health and improve water management for beneficial uses of the Bay-Delta System. 

  • California Digital Conservation Atlas http://atlas.resources.ca.gov/
    According to their introduction, "The Atlas brings together data from a variety of local, state, and national sources, and allows users to mix and match those layers of information at different scales for creating custom maps." Data sets include vegetation, wetlands, watersheds, urban areas, soils, farmlands, conservation plans, projects and more.

  • California Environmental Resources Evaluation System, http://ceres.ca.gov
    Lots of information and links. Be sure to look at the "Environmental Information" section searching by Geographic area, theme or data type.

  • California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB), http://www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/cnddb/
    The most up to date information on CA plants and animals. This database inventories the status and locations of rare plants and animals in California.

  • California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB), http://www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/cnddb/
    The most up to date information on CA plants and animals. This database inventories the status and locations of rare plants and animals in California.

  • List of Endangered and Threatened Animals of California, CA Fish & Game, http://www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/cnddb/pdfs/TEAnimals.pdf

  • Life History Accounts and Range Maps, CA Fish & Game,
    Database contains approximately 700 entries and is based on an updated version of the book, "California's Wildlife" edited by D.C. Zeiner.
  • List of Endangered Threatened and Rare Plants of California, CA Fish & Game, http://www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/cnddb/pdfs/TEPlants.pdf

  • Convention on Biological Diversity, http://www.cbd.int/convention/
    From the United Nations-the international agreement to preserve biodiversity worldwide. Includes selected reports on biodiversity, the text of the agreement with subsequent modifications, and quarterly reports. Has the U.S. signed yet?

  • Endangered Species Program, http://www.fws.gov/endangered
    From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, searchable by species.

  • Endangered Species Related Laws and Policies, http://www.fws.gov/Endangered/policy
    From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service site, links to the text of  laws, notices, policies, etc.

  • Environment Canada Environmental Indicators,
    Use this site to explore the state of the environment by monitoring programs on different species, mostly birds.

  • The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920, http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amrvhtml/conshome.html
    Documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage, through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress. The collection consists of 62 books and pamphlets, 140 Federal statutes and Congressional resolutions, 34 additional legislative documents, excerpts from the Congressional Globe and the Congressional Record, 360 Presidential proclamations, 170 prints and photographs, 2 historic manuscripts, and 2 motion pictures. 

  • National Environmental Directory, http://www.environmentaldirectory.net/
    A directory of 13,000 organizations in the US.

  • Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project, http://www.ice.ucdavis.edu/snep/
    SNEP  evaluation of an entire set of Sierra Nevada ecosystems, including their social, economic, and ecological components, as requested by Congress in 1996. Site includes several databases used as part of the SNEP.

  • 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Specieswww.redlist.org/
    From the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, this database provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information of all kinds of species.
    NOTE: read the introduction for what is and is not included in the database.

  • World Atlas of Biodiversity, http://stort.unep-wcmc.org/imaps/gb2002/book/viewer.htm
    An easy to use GIS-based program from the UNEP. You choose a map layer (aspects of biological diversity) and then impose the data on a geographical map.  

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Send questions, comments or suggestions to: Deborah Metzger, Science Reference Librarian
3.15.06  Last revised on 9.2.08