The Seeley G. Mudd Library
Library Research on Water Quality of the Fox River
Some selected sources in the Seeley G. Mudd Library
General Guides |
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries |
Finding Books |
Finding Articles |
Internet Resources |
SOME NOTES ON LIBRARY RESEARCH
If you are just beginning to research water quality of the Fox River, you may
want to go through this guide section by section. Please be aware that library
research is not always a linear
process. You may want to start with information from the sources listed as
general guides or from the
encyclopedias and dictionaries and then progress on to
books or journal articles. Further
on in your research you may need to return to the general resources to fill
in gaps in your knowledge of the field; for example, you may need to
return to the dictionaries to define unfamiliar terms that crop up in your
reading. You may need to consult more general resources like the
Encyclopaedia Britannica or consult
works in related disciplines like
environmental sciences or ecology
All sources you consult must be fully documented in any written work you
produce. It may help to look at the sources on style
before you start your research, so that you will have all the required
documentation at hand when you need it. Then as you write, go back to the
resources on style for details on the exact format
of your citations.
The sources listed below were chosen for the broad coverage they provide.
By following the links for book titles, you will see the full LUCIA
record. Each record gives further links to related materials in
the library's collections which may or may not be listed in this guide. This
gives you a way to explore more of the library's holdings on a subject which
As always, if you have any questions be sure to
ask a Reference Librarian.
GENERAL GUIDES TO RESEARCH AND SOURCES
Guide to the Literature of the Life Sciences.
- Provides a listing and brief discussion of selected resources
available in the life sciences. Includes an introduction to the literature
of the field, information on library organization and classification,
and lists of bibliographies in the biological sciences, abstracting
journals, primary research journals, and taxonomic literature. Concludes with
a chapter on how to prepare a scientific paper. Slightly dated--it includes
information on using punched card systems--but still very useful.
Ref. Z5320 .S57 1972
Sourcebook on the Environment : A Guide to the Literature.
- A broad guide to selected aspects of literature on the environment.
Divided in four parts: Part 1 introduces environmental problems, philosophies,
and perspectives, for example, ecosystem models and resource scarcity;
Part 2 provides selected case studies on issues like mining and urbanization;
Part 3 presents crucial elements of the environment like water and water
Each part consists of evaluative bibliographic essays followed by detailed
bibliographies. Part 4 presents aids to research: a list of selected
periodicals, federal environmental legislation, and selected environmental
Ref. Z5861 .S66
Sources of Information in Water Resources: An Annotated Guide to Printed
- Provides brief annotations on over 1100 titles. Some information on
individual states, but the focus is on the United States as a whole. Primarily
cites books from 1960 - 1975.
Ref. Z7935 .G548
Water Pollution : A Guide to Information Sources.
- A guide to literature from various sources, including general reference
works, water pollution reference sources and miscellaneous guides to
legislation, grant sources, water agencies, and more. An appendix contains
selected readings recommended for researchers new to the field.
Citations include brief annotations.
Ref. TD423 .K54
Water Quality and Availability : A Reference Handbook.
- Begins with an introductory background essay on water supplies. Subsequent
chapters cover a chronology of water management, laws and regulations,
organizations, and a selective annotated bibliography of books. Articles,
government documents, selected journal titles and audio-visual resources
are listed briefly.
Ref. TD223 .M53 1992
Wisconsin Water Resources Catalog.
- A listing of water resources publications available from the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources and other agencies. Arranged by subject,
with annotations. A title list is also provided. Publication contacts are
listed. Many of the important titles noted here can be found in the Lawrence
Library; search LUCIA to verify holdings.
Ref. TD365 q.W5
ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND DICTIONARIES
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ecology.
- Presents definitions, with cross-references, of terms from the wide
range of disciplines related to ecology. Very good for quick, brief questions
on the vocabulary of ecology.
Ref. QH540.4 .C66 1994
Encyclopedia of Environmental Biology. 3 vols.
- Contains detailed articles that provide a comprehensive overview of the
selected topics. Each entry contains an outline, glossary, cross-references,
and a bibliography. Arranged alphabetically, with a subject index and a
very useful Index of Related Titles in volume 3.
Ref. QH540.4 q.E52 1995
The Encyclopedia of Environmental Studies.
- Provides a mix of encyclopedic and dictionary entries on environmental
language from many disciplines, including environmental law. Has
cross-references, a list of further readings, and an index.
Ref. TD9 q.A84 1991
Environment and the Law : A Dictionary.
- Examines all aspects of antipollution law. Entries range from a few
paragraphs to several pages in length. Includes an introductory essay,
a bibliography, tables of cases, statutes, and regulations, and an index.
Ref. KF3775.A68 P38 1995
- Contains primarily longer, detailed entries; few terms are defined in
shorter entries. Cross-references are given for all entries, an each of the
longer entries include a list of further readings. Includes biographical
information on major environmentalists. Appendices give a chronology of
environmental events and a summary of environmental legislation. Indexed.
A good starting place for environmental information.
Ref. GE10 q.E58 1994
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Environmental Science.
- Alphabetically arranged articles; most open with a definition of the
subject or terms and close with a bibliography, and provide detailed
information directed at nonspecialists. Provides cross-references and
an index. Another good starting place.
Ref. QH540.4 .M3
The Water Encyclopedia.
- Tables for the specialist as well as the general public on many areas
related to water and water management. The focus is on data rather than on
interpretive text. Indexed.
Ref. TD351 q.V36 1990
Be sure to verify with your professor the citation format required. Some of
the resources below might prove useful.
Scientific Style and Format: The CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and
- The Council of Biology Editors guide. This style is used by many
publications in the biological sciences.
Ref. T11 .S386 1994
The Chicago Manual of Style. 14th ed.
- A standard source for citation formatting.
Ref. Z253 .U69 1993
Citing Electronic Documents
- This page provides guidance on citing electronic documents and links to
other guides, some on specific styles of documentation.
- "A Handbook for Citing Electronic Information." Focuses on American
Psychological Association (APA) and Modern Language Association (MLA) styles.
Ref. PN171 .F56 L5 1996
Try a LUCIA search for
SUBJECT, e.g., WATER or FOX RIVER.
LUCIA will suggest related terms which can also be searched. Be as
specific as you can; there's lots of stuff out there on "water."
To combine terms for a more specific search, try a
KEYWORD search like WATER AND WISCONSIN. You can also do
more complicated keyword searches like POLLUT? AND (RIVER OR RIVERS).
The question mark acts as a truncation symbol
and tells LUCIA to search for all words starting with POLLUT: pollution,
polluted, polluting etc. The parentheses tell LUCIA to combine either the
term RIVER or the term RIVERS with the previous term. Without the parentheses,
only the first term, RIVER, would be combined with the results of the search
Books are arranged on the library's shelves by
Library of Congress
Classification. This is a system which organizes materials by general
subjects. Once you have a call number from searching
LUCIA, see this
guide to call
number locations at Mudd to find out where a book might be on the shelves.
Search LUCIA for
materials in our library; try
to find materials beyond the Mudd. See a reference librarian if you need help.
Only a few possible sources for articles are listed here. You may also want to
consult sources on health, law, or public policy, depending on the focus of
- Provides references to journal literature in the life sciences.
Bibliography Area. From 1995 on, access is through
BasicBIOSIS on FirstSearch.
- Environmental Sciences and Pollution
- "An index of comprehensive, multidisciplinary coverage of
relevant fields across the environmental sciences from all the primary sources
for abstracts journals." Produced by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts.
Available to researchers on the Lawrence campus through FirstSearch.
- Expanded Academic Index. (JOURNALS) 1987-
- Very broad coverage of academic periodicals. Use searches
similar to those used for FINDING BOOKS.
Available at a LUCIA terminal near you and
on the Web.
You may also want to browse some of the library's journals. The
titles of these can be found by searching for subjects like
ECOLOGY--PERIODICALS or by a keyword search for
WATER AND SU PERIODICALS.
Environmental Protection Agency
- The Web site for the EPA is incredibly rich in information. You do have to
do some digging, but it's well worth the time. You may want to start by
following the link for
Offices, Labs & Regions, and going to regional
information, or by following one of the more
specific links listed below under Internet Resources.
Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications.
- Some call it the Monthly Catalog, some GPO, some MOCAT, but it's all the
same thing--the bibliography to the resources published by the United States
Government Printing Office.
Paper copy up through 1995--Bibliography Area
Also available to researchers on the Lawrence campus through FirstSearch as
GPO Monthly Catalog, searchable from 1976 to the current year, updated each
month, or as MarciveWeb
Toxic Release Inventory.
- A publication of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of
Toxic Substances. Indexes include categories such as: facility name index,
standard industrial classification code index, chemical substance index.
Microfiche -- U. S. GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS -- EP 5.22:
Also available on the Web. The EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and
Toxics (OPPT) provides
background information on the TRI at
A searchable version of the TRI is available at
The Wisconsin Document Collection is located in the northeast corner of the
library on the first floor. Most Wisconsin Documents can be retrieved by a
publisher keyword search in
LUCIA. For example: PU MADISON WI. This can be combined with other
keywords, for example WATER AND PU MADISON WI to find records containing
the word "water" that are for items published in Madison.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- The DNR is concerned with many of the same issues as the EPA, but
broader as well, such as parks and outdoor recreation. The sections on
Natural Resources Related
Websites will be helpful for information on water quality.
- CIESIN: Consortium For International Earth
Science Information Network
- (CIESIN, pronounced "season") was established in
1989 as a private, nonprofit corporation with members from leading universities
and non-government research organizations, and is dedicated to the study of
global environmental change.
- "A single point of access to select US EPA environmental data."
Fox River Current
- "Update from the Lower Fox River Intergovernmental Partnership," a group
composed of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, and
the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.
- Great Lakes Programs
- Includes copies of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and related
reports and responses.
Lower Fox River Cleanup and Restoration
- "These web pages contain information about the Lower Fox River
clean-up and restoration project, which involves the remediation of sediments
contaminated with PCB's, as well as the restoration of the natural resources
damaged by these contaminants."
- Surf Your Watershed
- Try the Locate Your
Watershed feature to start. Provides details on many aspects of water in
National Extension Water Quality Database
- Provides access to educational resources created by the USDA's Extension
PCBs and the Fox River
- An excellent guide produced by the staff of the Appleton Public Library.
It includes information on community groups and services related to the Fox
River, and on finding articles from local papers.
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
- And you thought Wisconsin was just a land grant institution. A partnership
of federal, state, university, and private concerns dedicated to research and
education on marine resources.
Wisconsin Water Resources Center
- "The Water Resources Center coordinates research programs which are
applicable to the solution of present and emerging water resource problems."
- Yahoo! Rivers and Streams
- Selected Internet resources on water and water quality.
Of course, there are many more web resources available that might be useful in
your research. For brief background information on how to use some of the many
available Internet search engines, see this
It's important to think carefully about any information you find in any format,
and to evaluate resources for their accuracy, applicability, and so forth.
Evaluation of web resources is especially important. You may want to consult
guide from UCLA on thinking critically about web resources, or this
sources on evaluating web sites.
Encyclopedia of Associations.
- An important source of contact information on groups interested in water
Ready Ref. HS17 q.G33
Hazardous Chemicals Desk Reference.
- Provides brief information on approximately 5,000 materials, including
basic chemicals, pesticides, dyes, detergents, lubricants, plastics,
preservatives, ores, soaps, and more.
Ref. T55.3.H3 S33 1987
The Merck Index : An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, and Biologicals.
- One of the most widely used chemical and biomedical encyclopedias. Arranged
alphabetically, and includes an index by chemical formula.
Ref. RS51 .M4 1983
Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials. 3 vols.
- Provides up-to-date information on chemical hazards, including a hazard
rating, physical properties, toxicity data, and a safety profile.
Ref. T55.3 q.H3 S3 1992
And as always, if you need help, ask a Reference Librarian.