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About this guide

 

This guide will help students and faculty in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability navigate the library to meet their learning and research needs by:

  • showcasing relevant databases to find articles
  • providing information about books, both print and electronic
  • linking to more collections and additional resources
  • identifying tools that support academic goals and objectives

 

Find articles lists databases for specific topics, such as:

  • climate change, sustainability ethics
  • governance of aquatic systems, coastal regions
  • ecological restoration and rehabilitation
  • animal populations and landscape genetics
  • agricultural biotechnology
  • global environmental politics and food security
  • water resource management, security, governance, policy
  • environmental politics, democratic theory
  • social dimensions of invasive biology
  • agroecology, agroforestry, soil ecosystems
  • enchantment, ontological and behavioural change
  • ecological processes and patterns in long-term human settlements

 

A brief overview of databases on:

  • how to navigate
  • what databases contain
  • some of the functions and benefits

 

Find books has information on:

  • direct link to search the library catalogue
  • how can I get my books during COVID-19?
  • how can I find my books?
  • library catalogue search function
  • placing holds and recalls
  • not in the catalogue?
  • should we order a copy?
  • on-campus book return bins locations
  • new books
  • core texts for the discipline
  • eReference material
  • eBooks and eBook collections
  • questions? Contact me

 

More resources:

  • library guides
    • essential
    • subject specific
    • topic specific
    • for advanced library users
  • unique collections
    • data; statistics
    • films
    • Geospatial Centre
    • Special Collections & Archives (SC&A)
      • Digital library
      • Special Collections / Rare books
  • publications of selected centres and institutes
    • Heritage Resources Centre
    • Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3)
    • Southwestern Ontario Research Data Centre (SWORDC)
    • Water Institute
    • Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation (WICI)
    • Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation (WISIR)
    • Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE)

 

The Research toolkit provides an overview of the research process and tips to help with:

  • academic writing, essays and research papers
  • help with references, citing your work
  • bibliometric tools
  • more than technical skills, soft skills
  • time management tips
  • the research process
  • saving your search strategy
  • setting up alerts
  • publishing your work?
  • need funding?

Access

     

Access to the electronic resources requires your WatIAM credentials. You can login before you start your search from the library's homepage using the get access from anywhere link, located on the Library's homepage, or when the system prompts you to enter your credentials. If, for any reason, you encounter any difficulties with this step, please contact me directly or library staff through our Ask Us service to resolve the issue. 

 

NEW and TRIAL DATABASES

For a limited time we have access to the following databases as a trial:

  • Flipster until October 29, 2021
  • SciFinder-n until January 31, 2022

See our database webpage.

 

Omni: your library catalogue

The library catalogue, Omni, is a dynamic platform that provides more functionality, more options, and additional academic library catalogues to browse and search for information. The redesign makes navigation more intuitive, detailed descriptions provide more context, all of which makes for a more rewarding experience. Searching in the advanced search option is recommended for optimum results.

 

Current examples of research topics:

 

  • Adaptive and collaborative governance in coastal and marine systems
  • Aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology
  • Biogeography and forest ecology
  • Coastal conservation and social-ecological systems
  • Cumulative effects assessment
  • Community-based/participatory research
  • Ecological restoration, resilience and conservation
  • Ecology and policy of parks and protected areas
  • Energy governance and policy
  • Environmental assessment law and process reform
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Environmental politics and non-rational drivers of behaviour
  • First Nations, adaptive capacity, resilience and climate change
  • Gender and environmental governance
  • Global and agricultural governance
  • Global change ecology
  • Historical ecology
  • Human dimensions of environmental change
  • Identity, spirituality and ritual in water decisions
  • Landscape genetics
  • Local and sustainable agriculture in Arctic Indigenous communities
  • Maker culture and consumer society
  • Managing complex social-ecological systems in peri-urban and remote First Nations communities
  • Pollination and invasive species ecology
  • Re-conceptualizing conservation, parks and invasive species for the Anthropocene
  • Social dimensions of biodiversity conservation and climate change
  • Social innovation and complex social-ecological systems
  • Social movements, environmental/climate justice, just transition
  • Social-psychological dimensions of water decisions
  • Soil health, biochar, carbon sequestration
  • Sustainability assessment principles and applications
  • Sustainable agriculture and climate change resilience
  • Sustainable energy strategies
  • Urban political ecology and green economic development
  • Water and environmental governance
  • Water resources management
  • Water scarcity, drought and efficiency mechanisms
  • Wildlife ecology and management

Need help?

 

You can email me with your question(s), or book a consultation. Email questions are answered within1-2 business days. Consultations can be booked up to a month in advance and could be up to an hour in length.

 

Why bother?

Good question.

Because I can help you:

  • navigate databases
  • locate items quickly
  • create a research strategy
  • cite your references
  • and more . . .