Recommended Books Available at the State Library

Recommended Electronic Resources

The following databases include information resources about Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources and may require your patron ID to access. Many electronic resources are only available to state of Ohio employees.


Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library, including pertinent information for agricultural studies, citations for journal articles, software, audiovisual materials, technical reports, and more.

Electronic Journal Center (OhioLINK)

OhioLINK’s Electronic Journal Center (EJC) is the first place Ohio’s college students and researchers go to find the latest journal articles. It contains over 24 million full-text articles in 10,000 journals from large publishers to small presses. In 2012, patrons downloaded over 1.5 million full-text articles in OhioLINK’s collection.

Web of Science (ISI)

Access the world’s leading citation databases, with multidisciplinary information from over 18,000 high impact journals, over 180,000 conference proceedings, and over 80,000 books from around the world. With over 100 years of comprehensive coverage and more than one billion cited reference connections, you can search with confidence and explore the complete network of citations underpinning the significant research in any field.

Safari Books Online

A premier on demand digital library providing over 30,000 technology, digital media and business books and videos online.

Bird Sounds from the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics

The Borror Laboratory houses one of the largest collections of recorded animal sounds in the world. Founded by the late Dr. Donald Borror, Professor of Entomology and Zoology at The Ohio State University, the collection contains more than 30,000 recordings of over 1000 species of animals.

Ohio Digital Library

A collection of fiction and non-fiction books and eAudiobooks available in a variety of formats available to download.

Science Online

Science Online was created especially for students and provides easy access to relevant content across all core science disciplines with unique and proprietary features such as editorially curated Topic Centers and eLearning Modules.

Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every student researcher’s needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images.

Science digital resources

Science Digital Resources is part of the Ohio Digital Resource Commons (DRC). The DRC provides a robust, statewide platform for saving, discovering and sharing—free of charge—the instructional, research, historic and creative materials produced by the University System of Ohio and Ohio’s private colleges.

Recommended eBooks and Journals


The following websites have additional resources and information. The list may include websites from governments, organizations affiliated with the topic, and for-profit companies. Inclusion on this list of organizations and commercial websites does not constitute an endorsement.

Ohio Department of Agriculture

The mission of the Ohio Department of Agriculture is to protect Ohio citizens by ensuring the safety of the state’s food supply, to maintain the health of Ohio’s animals and plant life, and to create economic opportunities for Ohio’s farmers, food processors and agribusinesses.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)

The mission of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is to ensure a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. ODNR regulates the oil and gas industry, the mining industry, hunting and fishing, and dams, while maintaining natural resources such as state parks, state nature preserves, state wildlife areas, state forests, and state waterways.

ODNR Division of Forestry

The mission of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry is to Promote and Apply Management for the Sustainable Use and Protection of Ohio’s Private and Public Forest Lands

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is a trusted leader and environmental steward using innovation, quality service and public involvement to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all Ohioans.
Ohio EPA's goal is to protect the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management. USDA is made up of 29 agencies and offices with nearly 100,000 employees who serve the American people at more than 4,500 locations across the country and abroad.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.

U.S. Forest Service

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

This website includes information and resources about the work of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources

The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, chaired by Rob Bishop of Utah, considers legislation about American energy production, mineral lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation. The Committee is comprised of 44 Representatives, 26 Republicans and 18 Democrats. Learn more about Chairman Bishop and meet all of the Committee Members. You can also find recent activity, read about the history of the Committee, the rules and the Committee's jurisdiction.

U.S. National Resources Conservation Services (NRCS)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's NRCS provides farmers, ranchers and forest managers with free technical assistance, or advice, for their land. Common technical assistance includes: resource assessment, practice design and resource monitoring.

Ohio Environmental Council

The mission of the Ohio Environmental Council is to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.

The OEC works for pragmatic solutions to keep Ohio clean and beautiful, and our communities safe. We fight for clean air and water, clean energy, and protected public lands. OEC holds polluters accountable in court while working with communities and companies that want to invest in a clean, more sustainable direction.

Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.

Guided by science and economics, EDF finds practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.

Ohio Farm Bureau

Ohio Farm Bureau’s vision: Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.