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INI196: Environmental Writing

Tips for Building your Search

Choosing your Search Terms

Enter search terms on separate lines to instruct the database to search for the combined terms.  Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) are useful tools for building your search:

  • Quotations marks (search for specific phrases or names)

    • "Robin Wall Kimmerer", "Enviromental Protection Act""environmental rhetoric" 

  • Asterisk * (widen your search results) 

    • enviro* = environmentalists, environmentalist, enviromentalismenviroment

  • AND (narrows your search)
  • OR (widens your search)

    • "natural environment" OR nature OR wilderness

    • (urban OR city) AND wildlife 

      • Using the brackets around the keywords joined by OR instructs the database to search for both or either of those terms. 

    • email OR e-mail

      • Keep watch for different types of spelling (use of hyphens, US vs UK/Canadian spelling, etc.). You may need to run more than one search.  

Search using the Subject Filter in LibrarySearch

Search using Subject Headings

  1. Go to UTL LibrarySearch Advanced Search

  2. Enter any of the Subject Heading found below exactly as it appears in the Search Box 

  3. Choose Subject from the Search Filters drop-down menu on the left

  4. Press Enter or click on the Magnifying Glass icon


For additional information on subject headings and LibrarySearch, visit How can I use subject headings to improve my searching?


Subject Headings

  • Ecology in literature  

  • Ecocriticism 

  • Ecology In Literature 

  • Nature In Literature 

  • Environmentalism In Literature 

  • Human Ecology In Literature 

  • Environmental Protection In Literature 

  • Ecocriticism In Literature 

  • Ecofeminism In Literature 

  • Philosophy Of Nature In Literature 

  • Conservation Of Natural Resources In Literature 

  • Environmental Literature History And Criticism