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.
Reference resources provide a starting point for your research projects.
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:
- Climate change
- Environmental justice
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Environmental Protection Agency in Wisconsin
- Environmental risks
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.
- Access to environmental justice / ebook
- Blessed unrest / GE195.H388 B53 2008
- Climate change and global poverty / QC903.C545 2009
- Climate change in the Midwest / QC984.M53 C55 2013 (CTL 300 currently)
- Community rights, conservation and contested land / QH77.A4 C56 2010
- Environmental health and racial equity in the United States / RA566.3 .B85 2011
- Environmental justice and environmentalism / ebook
- Failed promises / ebook
- From poverty to power / JF799.G74 F76 2008
- Gray to green communities / GE 220 .B68 2021 (New Book Shelf)
- Green gentrification / HT241 .G68 2017
- Green social work / HV40 .R68 2018
- Environmental justice as social work practice / HV40 .E6685 2018
- Living with climate change / QC903 .B855 2016
- Measuring vulnerability to natural hazards / GB5014.M4 2006
- Ogallala / S616.U6 O65 2018 (New book shelf)
- Plundered nations? / HC59.72.E5 P58 2011
- Toxic tourism / G155.A1 P47 2007
- Rethinking environmental justice in sustainable cities / GE220.C36 2017
- Working on earth / GE220 .W67 2015
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
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
- NASA Environmental Justice
- U.S. Department of Energy: Environmental Justice Documents and Publications
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- USA.gov: Access to information from federal agencies.
- Wisconsin.gov: State of Wisconsin government and demographic information.
- 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.