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  • Open Government - FOIA Webpages Department & Agency Links
  • Library of Congress
  • EPA Science Inventory Database - Access 4,000+ science activities and scientific and technical work products
  • Recycling & Environmental Publications -- Search or list U.S. and International publications from Global Recycling Network.  To list more than 360 U.S. pbulications, select USA and click the Search button
  • Business Market Research - Dot.com markets from dotcom.com
  • Listing of Think Tanks - A listing by University of Michigan Library of conservative, liberal, and "nonpartisan" think tanks and research organizations.
  • Almanac of Policy Issues (Environment Section) - Comprehensive links and background information on major U.S. public policy issues.
  • CIESIN - Center for International Earth Science Information Network
  • National Academies' - In 1863, the United States Congress created the National Academy of Sciences to advise the government in scientific and technical matters. Academies': Sciences, Engineering, Medicine & Research Council.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science - Founded in 1848, AAAS serves some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. AAAS publishes the journal Science; and operates the research news website EurekAlert!.
  • National Library For The Environment
  • Congressional Research Service Reports - From the The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). The Congressional Research Service (CRS), part of the Library of Congress, prepares its reports for the U.S. Congress. CRS products undergo review for accuracy and objectivity and contain nontechnical information that can be very useful to people interested in environmental policy
  • Congressional Research Service Reports - From the OpenCRS project; A project of the Center for Democracy & Technology. Project to make the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports available to the public.
  • Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) - A a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies. Founded in 1984 by a bipartisan group of Members of Congress concerned about energy and environmental issues.
  • Environmental Science & Technology - Published twice monthly, ES&T is a unique source of information for scientific and technical professionals in a wide range of environmental disciplines. In its research section, contributed material may appear as current research papers, policy analyses, or critical reviews.
  • National Environmental Publications Internet Site (NEPIS) - Search, view, and print, including full images of all original pages and full-text, from a collection of over 7,000 archival and current documents. 
  • National Technical Information Service (NTIS) - The largest, central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today.
  • NTIS On-Line Documents - Search for documents on-line and download for a small fee or link to agency website.
  • New Publications From NEPIS
  • Newswise - resource for knowledge-based news, embargoed research results and expert contacts from the world's leading research institutions: universities, colleges, laboratories, professional organizations, governmental agencies, and private research groups active in the fields of medicine, science, business and the humanities.
  • List of Environment, Conservation & Ecology Journals
  • 1Up Info - Encyclopedia - Browse articles in all areas of topics within Earth & Environment, History, Literature & Arts, Health & Medicine, People, Philosophy & Religion, Places, Plants & Animals, Science & Technology, Social Science, Law, Sports, Everyday Life, and more.
  • EPA Environmental Documents Links
  • EPA Office & Program Publication Links - Office and Program publication pages provide direct access to full-text publications or information about the publications which are produced by the various Offices and Programs.

  • Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) - coordinates the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).   Executive Order 12906 calls for the establishment of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure defined as the technologies, policies, and people necessary to promote sharing of geospatial data throughout all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and the academic community.

    • EPA's Environmental Information Management System (EIMS) - EIMS became EPA's node of the NSDI as of August 24, 2000.  Focuses on the organization of descriptive information (metadata) for data sets, databases, documents, models, projects, and spatial data. The EIMS design also provides a repository for scientific documentation that can be easily accessed with standard Web browsers to place a virtual library on the desktop of EPA staff and others with Internet access.

  • CSA Environmental RouteNet - Gateway to the world's foremost databases and information sources available via the Internet. The service includes searchable links to hundreds of carefully-screened environmentally-related resources, selected and indexed by the editors at Cambridge Scientific Abstracts

  • Globalchange.gov - Gateway to Global Change Data from the U.S. Global Change Research Program

  • Global Development Research Center - a virtual organization that carries out initiatives in education, research and practice, in the spheres of environment, urban, community, economy and information, and at scales that are effective.

  • LTER Network - The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network is a collaborative effort involving more than 1100 scientists and students investigating ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial scales.

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) - An independent agency of the U.S. Government, established by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended, and related legislation, 42 U.S.C. 1861 et seq., and was given additional authority by the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act (42 U.S.C. 1885), and Title I of the Education for Economic Security Act (20 U.S.C. 3911 to 3922).

  • NASA Global Change Master Directory - Descriptions of Earth science data sets and services relevant to global change research. The GCMD database includes descriptions of data sets covering agriculture, the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and oceans, snow and ice, geology and geophysics, paleoclimatology, and human dimensions of global change.

  • NCAR Research Data - National Center for Atmospheric Research maintains a large collection of atmospheric and oceanographic data for use in climate research.

  • National Environmental Data Index - NEDI provides direct access to environmental data and information descriptions, and thereby, improves awareness of and facilitates access to data and information holdings. NEDI will be a core element of the National Information Infrastructure (NII), with a goal to effectively identify government environmental data holdings.

  • NOAAServer System - Links together more than a dozen environmental databases in many organizations in NOAA.  A limited but growing portion of NOAA's environmental data and information is presently available through this system.

  • National Agricultural Library - The National Agricultural Library (NAL), part of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is one of four National Libraries in the United States. NAL is a major international source for agriculture and related information.

  • Encyclopedia of Pollution Issues - A-Z scientific articles about various aspects of environment protection. Includes user contributions option to comment or provide new information.

  • SpringerLink - One of the world's leading online information services for scientific, technical, and medical (STM) books and journals.

  • Wikipedia - The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit

  • DocuTicker - A daily hand-picked selection of resources, reports and publications from government agencies, NGOs, think tanks and other public interest organizations. Many categories including: climate & weather, environment, energy

  • Ultimate List of Hard-to-Find Federal Agencies


FOIA Information



Government Documents

  • National Archives and Records Administration - . . . to ensure ready access to essential evidence . . .that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of federal officials, and the national experience . . .
  • EPA Government Information Locator System (GILS)
  • EPA Databases - Listing of Agency databases by media category
  • Fed Web - Fed Web and its companion in print, The Internet Blue Pages, presents information on government publications following the organization of the United States Government Manual, with arrangement by departmental agency, with legislative, judicial, and executive agencies grouped and other agencies listed alphabetically.
  • Federal Government Resources on the Web - (University of Michigan Documents Center) The fact that this logically-arranged site has connections to foreign, state, and local sites and their publications makes it a particularly valuable resource.
  • Federal R & D Project Summaries - Searchable databases of federal agencies to find descriptions, awards, and summaries of federally funded research.
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Reports and Testimony database search.
  • GrayLIT Network - This network is the most comprehensive science portal to federal gray (hard-to-find) technical reports..
  • Guide to Government Information on the Internet - (University of Pittsburgh) Guide to international, state, and local government information, as well as the resources of the U.S. government.
  • How to Effectively Locate Government Information on the World Wide Web - (University of California, San Diego) This is a "hands-on" workshop demonstrating how to access retrieval of federal government information on the Web effectively.
  • Pathfinder: U.S. Government Documents - (Internet Public Library)
    Help in searching government documents online as well as advice on how to obtain government documents in paper copy.
  • Search Systems Public Records - From Pacific Information Resources.  The first and the largest collection of free public records on the internet; state, national and international. 
  • Public Records Finder - The largest free public records search engine on the Internet designed to locate free public records; state, national and international.
  • Catalog of Hazardous And Solid Waste Publications - U.S. EPA has posted an excellent reference document on-line entitled, Catalog of Hazardous And Solid Waste Publications Seventeenth Edition - September 2004. The catalog lists hazardous and solid waste documents released by the U.S. EPA's Office of Solid Waste (OSW). New titles appear in bold. Documents listed in this catalog can be ordered from one of three sources: OSW, NTIS, or GPO. Documents marked with an asterisk are available on the Internet, and not in paper format at this time. The Catalog is organized in a very user-friendly format with chapters including: Introduction; Shortcuts (active links) to OSW Web Pages; Abbreviations and Acronyms; Alphabetical Listing of Titles with Abstracts; Alphabetical Listing of Subjects; Numerical Listing of Titles; Ordering Information and Forms; and Additional EPA Sources of Hazardous and Solid Waste Information. Access the Catalog website for an overview and links to the complete document or various sections.





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Great Lakes Research

  • Michigan Sea Grant - joint program of Michigan State University and the
    University of Michigan, promotes greater knowledge of the Great Lakes
    through research and education.
  • Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) - Comprehensive Great Lakes information from the Great Lakes Commission.
  • Great Lakes Protection Fund - A private, nonprofit corporation formed in 1989 by the Governors of the Great Lakes States. Fund interests include Preventing Biological Pollution, Restoring Natural Flow Regimes and Using Market Mechanisms for Environmental Improvement. 
  • Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund - The mission of the Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund is to provide a source of reliable funding for new research and demonstration projects to preserve, enhance, and restore the Great Lakes and its component ecosystems.
  • Great Lakes Directory - (Great Lakes Environmental Directory) provides information via an extensive online searchable library of Great Lakes environmental articles and organizations.  A project of the Environmental Association for Great Lakes Education (EAGLE) and the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund (GLAHNF).
  • Northeast-Midwest Institute - Washington-based, private, non-profit, and non-partisan research organization dedicated to economic vitality, environmental quality, and regional equity for Northeast and Midwest states. Extensive reports on Agriculture, Biological Pollution, Brownfields, Energy, Federal Spending and Regional Demographics, Great Lakes, Manufacturing, Smart Growth, Transportation and Trade, and the Upper Mississippi River.


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