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ENV 200 Principles of Environmental Science:D'Avanzo: Databases

This guide is for the students in Professor D'Avanzo's section of Principles of environmental science.

Resources for Environmental Science

These are some of the databases that you will want to look at to find articles about your topic.  

Academic Search Complete is a good place to start, but contains both scholarly material and more general interest, non-scientific material. The magazine BioCycle, which promotes the use of sewage sludge to grow food, is in Academic Search Complete. Make sure you are aware of the type of material you are using.

Another item you might want to use is the newsletter Inside EPA's Climate Extra. This is contained in the Nexis Uni database which includes a wide range of newspapers, government publications and legal research.

Newspaper Sources

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar can be useful for finding resources in addition to the resources you will find in the databases. Google scholar will also help you trace citations.  Looking at who is citing an article can be an excellent way to move the research forward.  If you find a very useful article that may be a bit older than you would like, use Google Scholar to see who has cited it. 

For example, see the article citation below, "Particulate Air Pollution":

It looks promising, but was written before you were born. 

If you click where it says Cited by 51, you will get the 51 articles citing this research. 

You can also search within the citing articles to make your search more targeted. (See Below)

Particulate air pollution.

DV Bates - Thorax, 1996 -
Time-series, cross-sectional, and prospective cohort studies have observed associations 
between mortality and particulate air pollution but have been limited by ecologic design or 
small numbers of subjects or study areas. The present study evaluates effects of particulate 

Health effects of fine particulate air pollution: lines that connect

CA Pope IIIDW Dockery - Journal of the air & waste management …, 2006 - Taylor & Francis
Abstract Efforts to understand and mitigate the health effects of particulate matter (PM) air 
pollution have a rich and interesting history. This review focuses on six substantial lines of 
research that have been pursued since 1997 that have helped elucidate our understanding 

[HTML] Epidemiology of fine particulate air pollution and human health: biologic mechanisms and who's at risk?

CA Pope 3rd - Environmental health perspectives, 2000 -
Abstract This article briefly summarizes the epidemiology of the health effects of fine 
particulate air pollution, provides an early, somewhat speculative, discussion of the 
contribution of epidemiology to evaluating biologic mechanisms, and evaluates who's at risk 

[PDF] Ambient particles and health: lines that divide

S Vedal - Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 1997 - Taylor & Francis
Increases in ambient particle concentrations are associated with an array of adverse health 
outcomes. These outcomes range from the least adverse, such as increases in symptoms of 
respiratory irritation and small decreases in level of lung function, to the most adverse, 

Meta-analysis of time-series studies of air pollution and mortality: effects of gases and particles and the influence of cause of death, age, and season

DM Stieb, S Judek, RT Burnett - Journal of the Air & Waste …, 2002 - Taylor & Francis
Abstract A comprehensive, systematic synthesis was conducted of daily time-series studies 
of air pollution and mortality from around the world. Estimates of effect sizes were extracted 
from 109 studies, from single-and multipollutant models, and by cause of death, age, and 

Chemicals in diesel exhaust particles generate reactive oxygen radicals and induce apoptosis in macrophages

TS Hiura, MP Kaszubowski, N Li… - The Journal of …, 1999 - Am Assoc Immnol
Abstract There is increasing evidence that particulate air pollutants, such as diesel exhaust 
particles (DEP), potentiate chronic inflammatory processes as well as acute symptomatic 
responses in the respiratory tract. The mechanisms of action as well as the cellular targets 

The role of particulate pollutants in pulmonary inflammation and asthma: evidence for the involvement of organic chemicals and oxidative stress

AE Nel, D Diaz-Sanchez, N Li - Current opinion in pulmonary …, 2001 -
Abstract We review the literature indicating that the adverse health effects of ambient 
particulate matter involve the generation of oxidative stress and inflammation, as well as 
immunomodulating effects by particle-associated chemicals. We discuss evidence that 
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