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Environmental benefits and risks are not evenly distributed across all communities. Some communities are excluded from decision-making about resource management which results in limited access to ecosystem goods and services as well as greater toxic exposures. Native tribes around the world are frequently excluded from environments in which they thrived for generations. Low-income communities or people of color are more likely to be exposed to environmental risks including consequences of climate crisis, pollution, and waste. This challenge therefore addresses the unevenly distributed access to nature and natural resources.

Background Information

Reference resources provide a starting point for your research projects.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference provides hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and more in one place. Below is a sample of keyword searches in Credo Reference related to this topic:

Call Numbers & Subject Headings

You can use the list of call numbers and subject headings below as keyword searches in our catalog and databases, or you can go to these sections of the library to find books on these topics.

  • GB3-5030: Physical geography.
  • GE1-350: Environmental sciences.


Books from Lane Library

All books in this list are located in the Franzen Center on Floor 3A.

Search terms for additional books in Lane Library’s catalog:

Discovery Search: Search Lane Library’s books, ebooks, and articles in one place.

Books from other libraries

WorldCat: Search for books not available at Lane Library and borrow from other libraries for free through interlibrary loan.



The following databases are useful places to search for articles. Contact a librarian if you would like more information on how to search for articles on your specific topic.

  • Academic Search Complete: Wide range of academic disciplines, including for scholarly and popular journals.
  • BioOne: Full-text journals in biology, ecology, and environmental science.
  • GreenFile: A collection of scholarly, government, and general-interest titles covering environmental studies.
  • JSTOR– Full-text archive of scholarly journals in the arts and sciences. Issues from the past three to five years may not be available.
  • New York Times: Access to news and archival content from NY Times. If you run into a paywall, here is more information on how to sign up.
  • ProQuest Research Library: Includes both popular and scholarly periodicals covering a variety of subjects, with over 3300 titles available in full text.
  • ProQuest Social Science Journals: Social science topics.

Get articles from other libraries

If you cannot find a full-text version of the article you need, request it through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan is a free service that allows you to borrow books and articles from other libraries. Find answers to frequently asked questions about ILL here.

Government Sources, Statistics, and Websites

Government sources


  • CIA World Factbook : Background information on each country in the world.
  • Gallup polls: Public opinion polls regularly conducted on political, social, and economic issues.
  • ProQuest Statistical Abstracts: Over 1400 indexed tables of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
  • US Census Bureau: Access to data from federal surveys and censuses.
  • World Almanac: Annual book with political, economic, scientific, and educational statistics. / Lane Library AY67 .N5 W7.

Schumacher, Karlyn

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