Posted by: nchslibrary | October 13, 2009

Free Trial! GREENR database


We currently have access to GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources), a new database from Gale Cengage Learning, until November 8. This is a great new product for science and business classes.

From the product information page:

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) is a new online resource that offers authoritative content on the development of emerging green technologies and discusses issues on the environment, sustainability and more…GREENR is interactive and current, allowing users to navigate issue, organization and country portals. It’s a one-stop site dedicated to studying sustainability and the environment.”

If you want to browse by issue/topic, the following are just a sample of what’s offered: agriculture and food systems, law and politics, economics and trade, pollution, energy, resource management, environment and ecology, science and technology, humans in the natural world, and social factors. If you don’t know what issue you want to research but have a particular country or part of the world in mind, you can use the interactive world map to browse by topic, country, or region. The world map uses an interactive Google map that has little red pins you click on for headlines and related issues. There are also separate boxes on the database home page for looking up case studies and for searching academic journals and news.

When you browse by topic, say Air Pollution, a portal page comes up with all the resources nicely broken down for you. First, there is a basic overview, followed by all the sources divided by type of source: reference (164), statistics (2), news (7,146), magazines (1,222), primary sources (7), and academic journals (1,637). That’s 10,178 different sources/articles for the topic of air pollution! In addition to these sources, there are also boxes along the side menus for “Get Involved,” “Websites and Blogs,” “Podcasts,” “Case Studies,” and “Conference Presentations and Reports.” A list of “Related Portals” is also provided on each topic’s portal page. For example, the “Related Portals” on the Air Pollution page are Acid Rain, Climate Change, Coal Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Industrialization, Mobile Emissions, and Transportation, all of which are linked to the Air Pollution portal page for easy navigation.

NOTE: Because the NCHS network does not have access to Adobe Flash, some of the multimedia offerings in GREENR, such as the video gallery, will not be viewable at school. But check it out from home!

To view our other database offerings from Gale Cengage Learning–we have 8– go here.


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