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Environmental Sciences: Books

How to find information in environmental science disciplines including environmental studies, ecology, earth sciences and geology.

Definitions: Specialized Dictionaries


Searching for Books

You can find books in the UToledo Library Catalog using either keywords for your topic, or using Subject Headings such as those listed below. 

Searching by keyword allows you to find words mentioned in book titles, chapter titles, subjects, and author names.  Keyword searches can be combined to find books on two or more topics using AND or OR.  Searching by Subject Heading is more precise, but searches for broad topics in the book.  See the UToledo Library Catalog Guide for more information about searching.

Some subject headings you may want to start at include the following.  Some will have cross references to other related topics, and most will have sub-headings for more specific topics, formats, or geographic areas:

UToledo Library Catalog Search

Browsing for Environmental Sciences Books

The UToledo Libraries use the Library of Congress Call Number system for organizing our books.  You can browse the shelves in our libraries in the following call numbers:

GB Physical Geography
GC Oceanography
GE Environmental Sciences
GF Human Ecology
QC 801-849 Geophysics / Geomagnetism
QE Geology
QH1-(199.5) Natural History General
    Including nature conservation, geographical distribution
QH359-425    Evolution
QH426-470    Genetics
QH471-489    Reproduction
QH501-531    Life
QH540-549.5    Ecology
QH705-705.5    Economic biology
QK Botany
QL Zoology
S Agriculture
SB Plant Culture
SD Forestry
SF Animal Culture
SH Aquaculture
TA 703-712 Engineering Geology, Soil Mechanics
TC 401-948 Water Engineering including flood control, dams, irrigation, etc.
TD Environmental Technology


Don't forget that in addition to all of the books available in the University of Toledo Libraries locations, you also have access to books from any of the more than 85 OhioLINK partner libraries.  Whenever you are in the University of Toledo Library Catalog, you can click on the OhioLINK button to perform the same search in libraries across the state.  Or you can start your search in the OhioLINK Catalog itself.  See here for more information about requesting and borrowing items from OhioLINK libraries.

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