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Research Guides

Environment Resource Guide

Search Tips

Use the Library website to find books

In the library homepage search box, type in the keywords relevant to your research topic. When searching for books, remember to use simple, broad keywords.

From the list of results, go to the Books section, and click on All Books to see the the library catalogue search results.

How to Understand Your Search

To search the catalog effectively, use specific terms when entering search query. To narrow your search, combine terms using "AND." Refine search as needed according to left hand side column by selecting material based on subject, library where it is located, geographical area, format etc. 

To access the material, either click on the link if it is an electronic resource, or note down the call number if it is a print resource and locate it in the appropriate library.

For ebooks, you can also click on the Online checkbox at the top of the page underneath Refine your search. 

If you want to see the most recent books at the top right, choose sort and then the down arrow next to publication date.

Requesting a Book

If a book is only available on another campus, it can be requested. Simply select the "Options" tab and click "Request."


Once this has been selected, a valid student library barcode must be entered followed by the PIN in order to place a hold on the item. Choose intercampus delivery, select St. George campus, and specify the library you prefer to pick the book up at.  Make sure to enter an email address that you use frequently as you will receive an email when the book arrives. 

Note: Make sure that you order the book AT LEAST 3 business days (preferably a week) before you need it.



Finding Primary Sources

Primary sources are:

  • first-hand accounts of events
  • materials created by participants or witnesses of the event/s under study
  • original records created at the time that events occurred
  • raw data
Examples include:
  • periodical articles reporting original research
  • letters
  • government documents
  • public records
  • newspaper clipping

Secondary sources are:

  • works that discuss a subject, but which are written after the time that the event/s occurred (by someone other than an eyewitness)
Examples include:
  • a review
  • critical analysis

To find primary sources @ U of T or online visit the "How to Find Primary Sources" Page for more information

Course Reserves

The vast majority of the course reserves for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology courses will be held at the Earth Sciences (Noranda) Library or at Gerstein Science Information Centre. If you are unsure if the required readings are held at the Earth Sciences Library, or if you are looking for course reserves for other courses this is where you can locate books that have been placed on short term loan.

Environmental Science Books (ENV)