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Research Guides

Environmental Sciences: Find Books

UI Library databases and materials for finding information in the interdisciplinary fields of the environmental sciences.

Can I Order Books from Other Libraries?

Yes! If you want something we don't own, we can always order it for you from another library at no cost to you. 

How can  you tell whether we own something or not? In most cases, a yellow dot will appear next to an item that we don't own, but that is owned by one of our partner libraries. Follow these steps to request an item:

  1. Sign in, either upon your initial catalog search, or by clicking "Sign In" in the upper right hand corner of the results page
  2. Choose the "Find It" tab listed underneath the item record.
  3. Choose "Place Summit Request".
  4. Once your request is submitted, it will be processed and one of our partner libraries will send a copy to our library within 3-5 business days. 

If Summit does not own the item, or you can't find it in our catalog, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. You can fill out a registration form to get started; once signed in, you can place new requests by format using the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. 

See this page for examples of what to look for.

E-Books

Search the Library Catalog

Tips for Searching the Library Catalog:

  • Choose the search scope by selecting either UI + Summit + Articles (all materials); UI + Summit (items owned by UI and member libraries); or UI Library Only (items owned only by the UI Library).   
  • Limiting your search: Start with a basic search and once you find a book that seems to be about your topic, you can use the format and/or other options located on the left to further narrow your search.
  • On the Advanced Search page, the year, language, and location (to name a few options) of items can be limited.
  • Subject headings can be a great way to narrow in on your topic.

Useful call number and classification areas at the UI Library

Geography by region or country G1100-3102   4th floor
Environmental Science  GE  4th floor
Sustainable development  HC79 3rd floor
Urban Sociology and Planning     HT101-400  3rd floor
Organic farming S605  3rd floor
Conservation of natural resources S900 3rd floor
Environmental technology, pollution and water supply TD 2nd floor
Energy conservation TJ163 2nd floor
Renewable energy sources TJ807-830 2nd floor

If you have questions about accessing an ebook, see our ebooks web page

Floor Maps

To find library items

Take a look at our library floor maps

Need Help Finding A Book on the Shelves?

The UI Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system to organize its books; you can find a good explanation of how to interpret one of these call numbers here, and browse call number categories on the Library of Congress website.

Need help finding books on the shelves in this building? Watch the brief video "Joe Vandal Finds a Book in the UI Library"!