Environmental studies

Subject guide

This NSI Libraries online subject guide provides links to information available on the web. Some resources require a DEC username and password. Don’t know your DEC username and password? Contact your Campus Student Administration or your teacher.

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Subject web links


Associations & organisations

Carbon Reduction Institute (Australia)

Climate Action Network Australia (CANA)

Is an alliance of over 65 regional, state and national groups from throughout Australia.

Green Building Council of Australia

National Centre for Sustainability (Australia)

Stockholm Environment Institute

Urban Ecology Australia



Australian Soil Resource Information System

Information in maps on soil and land resources

Carbon emission calculator

Estimates greenhouse gas emissions of your household or business.

CSIRO - Climate change and mining communities

Ecological footprint calculator (WWF)

IUCN red list of threatened species

Provided by the International Union for Conservation of Nature

National vegetation information system

A comprehensive data system that provides map information on the extent and distribution of vegetation types in Australian landscapes

Primary industries & environment
TAFE Studylinks

What is climate change?


Directory of Australian environment departments

Environment directory

Green directory

Related subject guides


Business and management

Project management

Work health and safety


Government information

Australian Heritage Council

Conservation of Australia's biodiversity

Dept of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Dept of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scheme

Living greener

NSW Dept of Environment, Climate Change and Water

NSW National Parks

Water for life

Weeds in Australia


EDO fact sheets - provided by the Environmental Defender's Office (Ltd) NSW

Explain different aspects of NSW and Commonwealth laws which affect the environment and environmental campaigning.

Lawlink NSW and NSW legislation

Legal Research - Compiled by the High Court of Australia

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)

National greenhouse and energy reporting act 2007


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides statistics such as Australian social trends e.g. Are households using renewable energy? and other relevant documents under the following catalog numbers:

1370.0 - Measures of Australia's progress, 2010 - chapter environment

4613.0 - Australia's environment: issues and trends, Jan 2010

Australian Standards Online

This subscription service gives TAFE NSW students access to over 6,500 full-text Australian standards. Log in using your DEC username and password.

Australian Standards Online

Standard Number e.g.

AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 Environmental management systems - 

Requirements with guidance for use

AS/NZS 2712:2007 Solar and heat pump water heaters - Design and construction

AS 4708:2007 Australian forestry standard

HB 203:2006 Environmental risk management

   eJournals, eBooks & other eResources



Free eJournals

For a comprehensive listing of free journals go to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) which provides access to over 400 free online journals on earth and environmental sciences.


Click the link of one of the selected journals or databases. Log in using your DEC username and password.


Environment Complete

Sustainability Reference Center

ProQuest Central

Click the link to the ProQuest or one of the selected journals. Log in using your DEC username and password.



Gale databases

Click the link to the Gale or one of the selected journals. Log in using your DEC username and password.


CSIRO eBooks

Log in to CSIRO eBooks using your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of your username. Once you have logged into the database, click on Browse catalogue to get the list of available eBooks, e.g.

  • Australian planting design (2012)
  • Biodiversity (2014)
  • Flammable Australia (2012)
  • Wildlife damage control: principles for managing vertebrate pests (2007)


eBooks on EBSCOhost

Click the link to eBooks on EBSCOhost or any of the examples and then click on the URL. Log in using your DEC username and password:

Issues in Society

Free eBooks

Free available eBooks covering how to diagnose plant problems, methods and control.



Oxford Reference Online

Log in to Oxford Reference Online using your DEC username and password.


Online videos

Broadcast TV

Log in using your DEC username and password.


Login to vLearn or the provided video using your DEC username and password.


   Databases covering environmental studies subjects

Here is a selection of subject specific databases provided. For the full list of general databases and regarding instructions go to the eResources Portal.

Name Description Access


Provides an A to Z listing, and the ability to search, for eJournal titles that are available from our eJournal database providers EBSCOhost, Gale and ProQuest.

To view the entire list of databases included, see the Databases A-Z tab within the eJournal A-Z product. eJournal titles can be accessed by clicking the link of the available database provider listed under the title.

No authentication is required to access the index. You will need your DEC username and password when accessing journal titles.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website. Includes statistics and some analysis of information from the National Census and other sources. Allows for the creation of local area profiles. http://www.abs.gov.au/

Freely available

Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.The database is updated daily.

DEC username and password required.

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre - EBSCO's searchable database provides full text, and index access to many local and international magazines, newspapers and reference books. Most general subjects are covered, including Environmental studies.

DEC username and password required.

This subscription service provides NSI students and staff with access to over 6,500 full-text Australian Standards (conditions apply).

Please note: Downloaded standards expire after 5 days. This service is provided strictly for course-related research and private study by current NSI students and staff and that, by use of the service, users agree to adhere to the SAI Global Terms and Conditions for usage.

DEC username and password required.

Important: Log off as soon as you're finished.


This collection provides almost 100 eBooks covering a range of topics including environmental management & sustainability.

Only for NSI students & staff.

Students: use your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of username (e.g. john.smith@edu).

Staff: use your DEC username and password with @det at the end of the username (e.g. john.smith@det).

Environment Complete offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. The database contains full text for more than 680 journals and 120 monographs.

DEC username and password required.

Gale databases provide access to periodical and news information on a diverse set of topics. The sub-collection General OneFile includes over 6,300 full-text titles and 400 newspaper services (a total of more than 11,000 titles). Also included in the subscription is the Environmental Studies and Policy collection with more than 700 journals and reference content.

DEC username and password required.

GreenFILE by EBSCO Publishing gives access to scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports on environmental topics. The database contains full text for selected titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles as well.

Freely available




Student Portal


Staff Portal

Contains over 1,500 high quality online courses teaching creative and business skills on about 1,600 subject areas such as MS Office, Adobe programs, digital media, social media, web development, programming, design, smart phones, tablets and computers. These comprehensive courses are available in all levels from beginners to advanced.

Only for NSI students & staff.

Students: log in to the Student Portal with their DEC username and password. Then go to the My Learning tab and click the More option.

Staff: log in to the Staff Portal with their DEC username and password and click the My training tab.

This multi-disciplinary database provides more than 1,750 general reference publications with full text information. Covers virtually every subject area of general interest. It also includes nearly 500 full text reference books.

DEC username and password required.

A collection of key Oxford reference publications bringing together over 2 million entries, many of which are illustrated, into a single cross-searchable resource. Includes bilingual dictionaries, encyclopaedias, subject reference, quotations, maps & illustrations and 20th century timelines.

DEC username and password required.

ProQuest Central provides access to a set of databases containing more than 125 billion digital pages covering arts, literature, social science, general reference, business, science, technology, and medicine. ProQuest includes the world's largest digital newspaper archive including ANZ Newsstand and periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles.

DEC username and password required.

Science Online presents a broad range of scientific disciplines including
* Earth Science * Environmental Science * Marine Science * Weather & Climate
through extensive essays, diagrams, biographies, experiments, definitions, images, and videos and animations.

Students: use your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of username (e.g. john.smith@edu).

Staff: use your DEC username and password with @det at the end of the username (e.g. john.smith@det).

NSI student and staff access only

The Sustainability Reference Center is a comprehensive full-text database covering all aspects of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Offering content from more than 800 publications including journals, monographs, magazines, and trade publications.

DEC username and password required.

vLearn via Equella

175 vLearn videos are now available via Equella.
Subject areas covered are business, career development, hospitality & food services, anatomy, beauty services, child studies, customer service, English language, health & safety, history, HRM, nursing, nutrition, sport & recreation, tourism and more.

Only for NSI students & staff.

DEC username and password required.


   Library catalogue

The NSW TAFE Library catalogue lists all the resources held in NSW TAFE libraries. You can search by keyword, author, title and subject and also limit searches to specific types of materials and specific college libraries. The catalogue has links to, and the addresses and contact details of, all individual NSW TAFE Libraries.

Subject headings

Catalogue links to some environmental studies subjects and availability through NSI Libraries are listed below. Please note: the search results are limited to items available in NSI Libraries. Do a new search if you want to find items held by your local library or to get results for all TAFE NSW Libraries.


Biodiversity conservation

Nature -- Effect of human beings on


Climate changes

Natural resources -- Management



Recycling (Waste, etc.)



Refuse and refuse disposal


Environmental law -- New South Wales

Renewable energy sources


Environmental policy -- Australia



Environmental protection -- Australia

Social responsibility of business


Environmental responsibility

Soil conservation



Soil degradation


Fire ecology -- Australia

Solar energy


Greenhouse gas mitigation

Sustainable buildings


Habitat (Ecology)

Sustainable development


Hazardous wastes

Weeds -- Control -- Australia


Marine ecology

Wetland ecology


Revised by OP: 04.07.2014

Last updated: 04.07.2014