This guide will help you find and use key resources for environment subjects.

Finding books

To find books and ebooks use Discover. Watch a short video to help improve your search.

Where are my books in the Library?

You will find relevant books throughout the Library, for example:

  • Environmental chemistry: 574, level 3
  • Environmental engineering: 628, level 2
  • Legal aspects: 344, level 4
  • Social aspects: 363, level 3

For help ask a member of staff on the floor or watch Find a book in the Library.

Many of our books are online, watch Find and use ebooks to learn more.

Finding journals

Use Discover to search for journal articles on a topic or to search for a journal by title. Watch our short videos Find a Journal by Title and Browse Journals by Subject to improve your search.

Key journals

Your lecturer may recommend specific titles, but you can also browse our journal collection to see what journals we have for your subject area.

Finding and using databases

Databases enable you to do a more strategic search than you can on Discover. They help you find information quickly and efficiently by allowing you to search using a combination of search terms, to filter and narrow your results (by date or subject area for example) and save your searches for later.

Key databases


These databases cover a wide range of subject areas and are a good starting point if you're not sure where to search for information.

  • ProQuest: an extensive multidisciplinary database covering a wide range of subjects. Use the filters in the results screen to narrow to journal articles, or limit the date range. If ProQuest is too general, use the option “change databases” to search just a part of the database, for example try the ProQuest Environmental Science Collection.
  • Science Direct: a full text scientific database offering access to peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters focusing on research in science, technology and medicine
  • SpringerLink: access to journals, books, series, protocols and reference works, including a wide range of environment resources.
  • Web of Science: easy to use, high quality sources of scientific research. Features information on the number of times an article has been cited and the journal impact factor.

Environment specialist

These databases are subject specific, offering a more focused search.

  • British Standards Online (BSOL): full text of over 60,000 British, adopted European and International standards includes the complete set of all Eurocodes in full text.
  • Compendex: the broadest and most complete engineering literature database in the world with over 20 million indexed records from 77 countries across 190 engineering disciplines.
  • Construction Information Service: full text industry and technical information - contracts, current regulations and related news and briefings.
  • Digimap: maps and map data - we subscribe to Digimap Ordnance Survey collection, Historic Digimap, Geology Digimap and Environment Digimap.
  • GreenFILE: a collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles including content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
  • Knovel: a wide selection of DRM free ebooks on a range of engineering subjects as well equations and tables with dedicated Earth Science and Environment and Environmental Engineering collections. A useful mobile app and browser add-in are also available.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Information Service (OHSIS): industry and government information from key health, safety and environmental management publishing organisations covering legislation, guidance, standards and best practices.

There is some overlap between the databases but every database also has unique content. Some databases provide help guides - these are available within the Discover record for that database. If you need further support, contact your librarian.


Websites can offer a range of information, for example policy documents and statistics, which may be difficult to find elsewhere.

There are lots of useful websites freely available, including those run by governmental agencies like the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and the UK Environment Agency, intergovernmental organisations like the International Energy Agency and professional bodies like the Energy Institute.

The Online Ethics Centre for Engineering and Science is a repository of resources on science, engineering, and research ethics, for engineers, scientists, scholars, educators and students.

With such a wide variety available you need to ensure that the sites you are using are trustworthy. We provide guidance on evaluating websites.