Environment search tools

Environmental technology

CAB Abstracts 
covers research and development literature in the fields of agriculture, forestry, aspects of human and animal health and nutrition, management and conservation of natural resources.

Focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment.

Business and economics

Business Green
Provides the latest news and analysis on green business and environmental issues.

EBSCOhost Business Source Ultimate
Extensive coverage business, economic and trade journals, market research reports, case studies, industry reports, Economist Intelligence Unit country reports, and international company information from Datamonitor.

Abstracts of economic and financial literature.


Other business and economics search tools


Engineering Village
Coverage includes renewable energy, sustainable design, transport and environmental engineering.

SciTech Connect
Technical reports, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, and data information from the US Department of Energy from the 1940s onwards.

IEA Datasets via UK Data Service
Requires registration. Datasets include:

  • CO2 emissions from fuel consumption
  • Energy prices and taxes
  • Energy technology research and development
  • Renewables information
  • World energy statistics and balances


Practical Law
Practical Law is a database of legal know-how. Content includes practice notes, standard documents and clauses, legal checklists, toolkits, updates and state-specific legal guidance.

The following are freely available law resources:

Contains British and Irish case law and legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and other law-related British and Irish material.

Portal to legal materials of the EU, updated daily.

UK, English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish legislation.


A statistics resource which also includes market and industry reports which can be exported in a number of formats including infographics.

Office for National Statistics
National statistical institute for the UK. Collects statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels.

UK Data Service
Provides access to a range of high-quality social research data, including UK censuses and government-funded surveys and IEA datasets.

Statistical service of the European Commission.

Other search tools

Engineering Village

Coverage includes renewable energy, sustainable design, transport, environmental engineering, waste and water management.

Full-text access to over 10,000 news and business publications worldwide. Updated daily.

Google Scholar

OECD iLibrary
Publications from the Organisation for economic co-operation and development.

PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

Indexes peer-reviewed research literature with more than 20,500 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers.

Transport research and economic information.

Web of Science
Records from thousands of quality journals , conference proceedings and books. Updated daily.

The British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents service.

Handbooks and reference works

Oxford Reference Collection
Includes a wide range of dictionaries, encyclopaedia and other reference works.

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity 

Encyclopedia of Ecology     
Encyclopedia of Environmental Health    
Encyclopedia of Forest Sciences  

Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment    
Treatise on Water Science  

Water Encyclopedia