“EBSCO’s GreenFILE is a free database offering access to research-related information on human impacts to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government, and general interest titles include content about the environmental effects of individuals, corporations, and local /national governments and what can be done on each level to minimize the negative impact. Topics covered include global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and recycling. Articles are retrieved from 600 titles with nearly 300,000 articles, including full-text access from more than 4,600 open access titles. The same general search of terms and concepts related to green or sustainable buildings (including libraries), architecture, design, etc., provides nearly 3,900 records from academic journals, magazines, books/monographs, book reviews, reports, and government documents.”
The new database, GreenFILE, produced by EBSCO, concentrates on human interactions with the environment. It is a small database, which indexes many different types of documents, from scholarly journal articles to recipes from popular journals. About 6% of the articles have links to full text. The searching is transparent and flexible, including limiting by scholarly titles.
For research in depth, you mustn’t neglect the larger, more comprehensive databases in environmental sciences/studies and the subject database(s) most related to your topic.
For more information from the announcement in Knowledgespeak Newsletter of April 2, 2008, read on…