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Environmental Research & Activism

What kind of information can help with questions about indigenous ecology, the environment, sustainability, environmental justice, preserving water and land resources, etc.? There are many approaches to this area of study, considering what you want to know and where you might find related information can be helpful. Here are a few places to look.

  • Indigenous ways of knowing- Often found in books, indigenous-focused journals, or directly from Elders and indigenous groups.
  • Scientific research- Most often found in research articles in peer-reviewed journals and scientific databases.
  • Statistics and data - Statistics can help establish a problem or generate a hypothesis. Information such as the daily temperature, water level, crop yield, etc. can lay the foundation for many inquiries. Statistics are often gathered by government and non-profit research groups. They may be freely available to the public online, or in research articles.
  • Social science & health research- The impact of environmental issues on people, health, and society. Most often found in research articles in peer-reviewed journals and scientific databases.
  • Reference works - Help establish facts and identify things. For example, identify native plant and bird species. This includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, and some databases. 
  • News - News can help give up to the minute and local information about environmental issues, activist groups, laws, and more.
  • Laws & Governmental Info - Laws that regulate land and water use, policies that effect pollution and industrial impacts on the environment, as well as the government agencies that oversee them.

Useful Databases

Agencies and NGOs

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300