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Encyclopedia of Ecology and Environmental Management Restricted Resource
"...provides a complete one-volume guide to the core definitions and issues associated with pure and applied ecology."

Princeton Guide to Ecology Restricted Resource Some full text availableeref
This guide covers everything from the fundamentals of ecology to its applications to conservation biology, climate change and implications for ecosystems.
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Provides access to 90 full-text specialized encyclopedias that offer excellent background information on a topic. (FirstGov for Science)
A gateway to authoritative, selected science information provided by U.S Government agencies, including research and development results.
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Full-text reference resource compiled from nearly 640 specialized encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental sciences, physics, medicine, science & society, and technology.
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Agricola (Agriculture) Unrestricted Resource database
Index to articles, book chapters, short reports, and reprints encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including plant and animal sciences, forestry, entomology, soil and water resources, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, agricultural products, alternative farming practices, and food and nutrition. Also search the online catalog of the National Agriculture Library.
Chemistry Commons Unrestricted Resource
Open access to a growing number of articles authored by scholars from over 100 academic institutions.
Computer Engineering Commons Unrestricted Resource
Open access articles written by undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty. Sub-topics include robotics, networking, systems architecture, data storage, digital circuits, and other computing areas.
ScienceDirect Restricted Resource Some full text availabledatabase
Search over 1,200 scholarly journals published by Elsevier. ScienceDirect is multisubject, but specializes in science. Note: We do not have full text access to all journals. 1993 to present for Academic Press journals; 1996 to present for Elsevier journals
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Science, technology, engineering, medical and some social sciences literature from 15,000 scholarly journals from 4,000 international publishers.
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Citation Style Guides

Citation Styles (APA, MLA, etc.)
Consult examples of APA, MLA, Chicago, etc. citation styles and use RefWorks to manage your references and format your bibliography.


PLOS - Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation  
Pointers for designing posters
Designing Conference Posters
Useful guide for "Do's and Don't's" in designing and creating conference posters.
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  • Third Floor (Books with M-N call numbers, children's books)
  • Basement (Books with E-H, L, and P-Z call numbers)
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