LPC Library Research Guide: Environmental Issues-Green Living

Please ask a reference librarian for assistance at any time. We will be glad to help!


Use reference sources for background information, broad overviews and summaries. The reference collection includes general and subject specific dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographies, directories, almanacs, atlases, etc. Many also contain bibliographies for further research. Reference books cannot be checked out from the library but may be photocopied.


The New Encyclopedia Brittanica. Ref AE.5.E363 2002

World Book. Ref AE.5.W55 2005

Subject Specific:

There are many reference materials dealing with various aspects of green living at the LPC library. Here are just a few examples of subject-specific materials that you may find of use.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy. Ref GE.42.E533 2009

Atlas of United States Environmental Issues. Ref G.1201.G3.M3 1990

Atlas of the Oceans. Ref G.2800.R3 1994

Environmental Encyclopedia. 3rd ed. Ref GE.10.E38 2003

The Environment Encyclopedia. Ref GE.10.E55 2001

Macmillan Encyclopedia of the Environment. Ref GE.10.M33 1997

Encyclopedia of Global Change: Environmental Change and Human Society. Ref GE.149.E47 2000

Encyclopedia of Environment and Society. Ref HM.856.E53 2007

Encyclopedia of America Social Movements. Ref HN.57.E594 2004

Social Issues in America. Ref HN.57.S624 2006

Encyclopedia of Diet Fads. Ref RM.222.2.B535 2003

Health Reference Series: Vegetarian. 1st ed. Ref RM.236.V436 2002

Encyclopedia of 20th Century Technology. Ref T.9.E462 2005

Pollution A to Z. Ref TD.173.P65 2004

Handbook of Water Use and Conservation. Ref TD.388.V53 2001

Encyclopedia of Energy. Ref TJ.163.28.E53 2004

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy. Ref TJ.163.28.M33 2001

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. Ref TX.349.E45 2004

The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. Ref TX.349.O45 2007


Use the online catalog to find materials in the library. The catalog includes all books and audiovisual materials LPC Library owns. Search for a book or video by the author, title, subject, or keyword. In power search you may also LIMIT your search in many ways, for instance by type, "DVD" or "video" to find only DVDs or video recordings.

Examples of subject headings:

“Green living” is a broad term to use in searching the catalog. More specific terms or focus will narrow the search. Here are just a few suggested search terms:

  • Sustainable (business, energy, resources)
  • Recycle (Recycling)
  • Carbon footprint (carbon offset)
  • Household chemicals (cleaning supplies)
  • Locavore (eating local foods)
  • Renewable energy (solar, wind, water)
  • Global warming

  • Renewable
  • Climate change
  • Climatology
  • Conservation
  • Composting
  • Vegetarian
  • Biodegradable
  • Organic (farm, garden, food, clothing)
  • Eco-friendly
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Sustainable building
  • Natural foods
  • Slow food (slow food movement)
  • Fuel-efficient (hybrid)

Selected Book Titles at LPC (Many more titles are available. Search the catalog to locate.):

Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. SB.453.5 R645 2009

Organic Gardening for Dummies, 2nd Edition. SB.453.5 W49 2009

The Truth About Organic Gardening. SB.453.5 G54 2008

365 Ways to Live Green. TD.171.7.M373 2008

Sustainable Energy: Opportunities and Limitations. TJ.808.S86 2007

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. GT.2850.P65 2006

Eco-Architecture: Opposing Viewpoints. NA.2542.36.E26 2008

Energy Alternatives: Opposing Viewpoints. TJ.808.2.E628 2006

Global Resources: Opposing Viewpoints. HC.85.G58 2008

Conserving the Environment: Opposing Viewpoints. TD.170.3.C66 2006

The Environment: Opposing Viewpoints. GE.140.E533 2005

America in the Twenty-First Century: Opposing Viewpoints. HC.110.E5.A645 2006

Healing the Planet: Strategies for Resolving the Environmental Crisis. GF.75.E4 1991

Losing Ground: American Environmentalism at the Close of the Twentieth Century. GE.197.D68 1995

Conserving the Environment: Current Controversies. GE.300.C633 2006

Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update. HD.75.6.M435 2004

One With Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future. HC.79.E5.E354 2004

Green Delusions: An Environmentalist Critique of Radical Environmentalism. HC.79.E5.L48 1992

Eco-Heroes: Twelve Tales of Environmental Victory. HC.79.E5.W27 1993

Confessions of an Eco-Warrior. HC.110.E5.F64 1991

The New Consumers: The Influence of Affluence on the Environment. HD.75.6.M48 2004

The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for All in the 21st Century. S.494.5.I5.C66 1998

Breakfast of Biodiversity: The Truth About Rain Forest Destruction. SD.414.T76.V36 1995

The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of Globalization. SD.418.3.A53.L66 2007

Electric and Hybrid Cars: A History. TL.220.A53 2005

Feeding the Ten Billion: Plants and Population Growth. HB.871.E92 1998

21st Century Earth: Opposing Viewpoints. HB.849.4.A17 1996

Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil. TN.870.G645 2004

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. RA.784.P643 2008

Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get it Back. TX.645.V55 2008

The Future of the Earth: An Introduction to Sustainable Development for Young Readers. HC.79.E5.D8313 2004

See for Yourself: Energy. QC.73.4.W665 2007

The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming. QC.981.8.G56.D38 2007

An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming. QC.981.8.G56.G668 2007

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Living. GE.195.7.R55 2007

Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life. GE.195.S55 2008

50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth. TD.171.7.A16 1990

Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth (and Get Rich Trying). GF.78.B33 2008

Green Greener Greenest: A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life. GE.195.7.B66 2008

Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair. TX.631.P4.7313 2007

Slow Food: The Case for Taste. TX.631.P474 2003

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen. GE.195.H345 2009

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint at Home. TJ.163.3.G36 2009

Selected Audiovisual Titles at LPC:

These are just a few of the titles you can find using subject and keyword searches in the Library Catalog.

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash. DVD TN.870.5.C78 2007

Oil on Ice. DVD HC.107.A43.E5 2004

Dimming the Sun. DVD QC.981.8.G56.D566564 2006

Planet Earth. DVD QC.854.P53 2004 PT. 1-3

The Future of Food. DVD TP.248.65.F66.F88 2004 PT. 1-2

Who Killed the Electric Car? DVD TL.220.W46 2006

Escape from Affluenza. DVD HF.5415.33.U6.E4 1998

California’s Water. DVD TD.224.C2.C34 2007 PT.1-2

Too Hot Not to Handle. DVD QC.981.8.G56.T66 2006

Global Warming: The Rising Storm. DVD QC.981.8.G56.G56 2007 PT. 1-2

An Inconvenient Truth. DVD QC.981.8.G56.I533 2006

Global Warming: The Signs and the Science. DVD QC.981.8.G56.G563 2005

The Big Chill: A Looming Ice Age? DVD QC.981.8.G56.B533 2005

The Greenhouse Effect. DVD QC.912.3.G7 2004

Changing Nature: Population and Environment at a Crossroads. DVD HB.849.415.C43 2005

Jane Goodall—Reason for Hope. DVD QL.31.G58.J364 2006

Air Pollution, Smog, and Acid Rain. DVD TD.883.A486 2005

Guns, Germs, and Steel. DVD HM.206.G86 2005 PT. 1-2

Affluenza. DVD HF.5415.33.U6.A345 2005

Yume=Dreams. DVD PN.1997.Y86 2003

Issues in Water Quality. DVD TD.365.I87 2002


Periodicals provide in-depth analyses of events and trends, research studies on particular subjects, and professional literature. Find articles by using an electronic print resource. These databases can be accessed in the LPC Library or from home at the LPC Library Homepage.

GreenFILE – GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

CQ Researcher- Explores a single "hot" issue from the news weekly - background, outlook, statistics. Can search or browse reports by topic.

Opposing Viewpoints- Current topics covering the facts & the pros and cons of each issue. Can search or browse by popular issues.

Academic Search Complete- Provides access to magazine, journal, and newspaper articles, almanac, maps, images, more.


Newspaper Source Plus- Includes more than 700 full-text regional, national, and international newspapers.


Internet resources can supplement or enhance your research. Always be cautious of information found on the Web since the quality of sources varies tremendously on the Internet. It is always a good idea to check the information against another source. As with all information resources, whether in print or on the Internet, evaluate the quality based on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy  (Is it free from mistakes and errors?)
  • Authority  (What are the qualifications of the author?)
  • Objectivity  (Is there any strong bias?)
  • Currency  (Is the information up to date?)
  • Coverage  (To what extent is the topic explored?)

Examples of Relevant Web Sites:

The following websites are just a small sample of internet resources available on “green living” related topics.

Green Guide <> The site features product reviews (for items such as shoes, appliances, bedding, cosmetics, household cleaning supplies, personal care items, and pest control techniques), lists of ingredients to avoid, articles (such as on what happens to donated clothes), videos, blogs, and more. From National Geographic.

Green California <> This is a resource containing information about how the state of California is working to reduce energy and resource consumption, while lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and creating healthier environments in which to work, live and learn. The emphasis of the website as of July 2008 is on green building, and the site also contains material on environmental topics for state agencies, schools, and other groups. From the California Department of General Services.

Seafood Watch Guide <> The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans.

The Green Gate: NRDC’s Environmental Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area <> The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) created this site to share the findings from its research on the state of the San Francisco Bay Area environment. Topics covered include air, water, wildlife, urban living, and health. The site provides backgrounds on these topics from national and international perspectives, and includes tips to help individuals reduce their impact on the environment, with special information for Bay Area residents.

Green America's Green Pages <> The Green Pages lists thousands of socially and environmentally responsible products and services. Also has an extensive personal finance section for tips, suggested readings, and links on topics from mutual funds to bartering. Find information on the anti-sweatshop movement, a list of ongoing boycotts of companies and products, and tips for forest-friendly living. Companies, too, can find "advice, resources and contacts to help turn social responsibility into business success."

Additional Websites-Taken from the LPC ESL website: (pros and cons of controversial issues)

Global Issues

Climate Crisis (producer of Inconvenient Truth)

California Academy of Sciences

Encyclopedia Smithsonian

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Evolution: PBS

National Geographic Green Guide

Jane Goodall Institute

Kids Do Ecology

Living on Earth

NASA-The National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Geographic

National Geographic Kids

National Science Foundation: for Teachers

Natural Selection

New York Times Science Page

San Francisco Chronicle Science Page

Washington Post Health and Science Page

Science Daily

Science Magazine

Science News for Kids

Talk of the Nation: Science Friday



Keep the printouts of your sources, or write out all pertinent information on author, title, publisher, date, Internet location, or whatever is necessary to identify where you got the information. Follow the format recommended by your instructor or ask a librarian to show you a "style manual". There is a link to instructions for MLA and APA, as well as the online resource, NoodbleBib, a bibliography composer, on the LPC Library Homepage under Citation Style Guides.

Angela Amaya, LPC Librarian

Last Updated: 10/17/12



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