Celebrate Earth Day & Expand Your Knowledge
Are you interested in learning more about the environment and how you can help the Earth? OhioLINK and your library provide many helpful resources, including digital videos, books, e-books, databases and journals, to help you to help you expand your knowledge on these and other topics. Here are some resources to start with:
Databases & Journals:
- Planet Earth: Seven Ways to Help Save the World
As the world wakes up to the need to protect the environment, ABC News continues to cover the most crucial ecological issues of today—and tomorrow. This unprecedented program, reported from all seven continents on the eve of Earth Day 2007, examines urgent problems unfolding in the natural world and offers some real solutions to them. From Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the Brazilian rain forest to an African game preserve to a massive solar power array in Arizona, these stories will open eyes, ears, and minds. Seven leading science and business experts share insights on water shortages, species extinction, loss of habitat, and runaway energy consumption. An additional report vividly illustrates simple lifestyle changes that can reduce humanity's collective environmental footprint. (41 minutes)
- Bill Moyers Reports: Earth on Edge
Every day brings news of human beings' impact on the life-support system known as Earth. But what is the truth behind the headlines? In 1999, an international group of more than 70 scientists analyzed the condition of the five ecosystems on which all life most heavily depends — freshwater, agriculture, forests, grasslands, and coastal ecosystems. Their findings are the scientific basis for Earth on Edge. The program presents the findings of scientists who are studying the health of our world, as well as stories of ordinary people working to restore the health and well-being of the ecosystems they — and ultimately all of us — depend on.
- Going Green: Real-World Solutions for the Environment
It's easy to talk about environmental stewardship, but quite another matter to practice it. This compilation of 12 ABC News stories shows how governments, businesses, and individuals around the world are taking concrete, eco-friendly action. (45 minutes)
- Electronic Journal Center
With more than 8,000 electronic journals and 12.5 million articles, the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center provides a wealth of knowledge on many academic disciplines. Search for a particular topic, or browse journals by subject to learn more about the environment, earth sciences, ecology, climatology and much more. Researchers can download electronic articles instantly, read entire journal issues online, create e-mail or RSS alerts for new issues, save searches, and set up automatic search alerts for new search results.
- Environment Complete
Environment Complete covers applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. Environment Complete contains citations for articles from 1,200 domestic and international journals, as well as 100 monographs. The database provides full text for many of the most used journals in the discipline, and for the conference papers of the North American Association of Environmental Education.
GreenFILE offers well-researched but accessible information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles include content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done on each level to minimize negative impact. Topics covered include global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. GreenFILE is multidisciplinary by nature and draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.
- Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index
Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index is a resource for access to articles about gardens and plants. Topics include horticulture, botany, garden and landscape design & history, ecology, plant and garden conservation, garden management, and horticultural therapy. A highlight of the database is its focus on environmentally sustainable horticultural and design practices. This index is designed for gardening enthusiasts, professionals, and students of horticulture and of garden and landscape design & history. Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index covers general gardening serials of national, international, and regional interest, and serials devoted to specialty gardens and plant groups, most published in English.
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LearningExpress also includes courses, career building tools, writing aids and helpful e-books.
To use LearningExpress Library, you first need to set up your own individual account. If you are off-campus, use the OhioLINK remote authentication proxy URL (or your institution's off-campus access method) to connect to LearningExpress, create an account, and then log into LearningExpress with your individual username and password.
LearningExpress Library is available to all OhioLINK users and all Ohioans as part of the Ohio Web Library.
FAQs: How to Renew OhioLINK Books Online
We've received a lot of questions about renewing OhioLINK books this week. You can renew your OhioLINK books online, up to four times, as long as another user has not requested the item. Renewals can be made within seven days of the book's due date. Here's how:
1. Log on to your library record/account from your library's Web site.
2. Click on # items currently checked out.
3. Select the items you want to renew.
4. Click on "renew selected items."
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Find answers to more frequently asked questions about OhioLINK online borrowing, including a video tutorial, here. Please contact your library if you have questions about renewing OhioLINK items.