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Recreation Management & Wilderness Studies Research Guide: Home

Information resources for Recreation Management or Wilderness Studies research and study.

Start Here / Best Databases

  • Web of Science - Indexes the world’s leading peer reviewed, journal literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and provides searching of cited references from 1900 to the present.
  • Google Scholar - Scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources.
  • CAB Abstracts - Agriculture, forestry, animal health, nutrition, recreation and tourism, rural sociology, soils, and veterinary science.

Other Relevant Databases

For an overview of the Cycle of Scientific Communication click here: Scientific Communication.

For an outline of a Comprehensive Science Literature Review click here: Science Literature Review.

For tips on improving database search results click here: Improving Database Search Results.


Suggested databases:

  • Academic Search Complete - 1975-present; Multidisciplinary index to journal and magazine and newspaper articles; some full text articles.
  • Agricola - 1970-present; Comprehensive index to agriculture and forestry (includes USFS research).
  • Agricultural & Environmental Science Database - agricultural, environmental, and pollution science literature.
  • Business Source Complete - All subject areas related to business.
  • Environment Complete - 1940's-present; Scholarly articles and books related to environmental issues and policy.
  • Forestry Databases - Forestry related databases from the University of Minnesota.
  • - Gateway to U.S. government science information.
  • SPORTDiscus - All time periods; Scholarly articles, books, conference proceedings, etc. related to sports, recreation, etc.
  • TreeSearch - All time periods but mostly 1998-present; Forest Service research publications available online.
  • - All time periods; Comprehensive information about wilderness, stewardship, laws, agency policies, etc.


Search specialized magazines and journals when looking for articles on your research topic. Some suggested browsing examples are: Annals of Tourism Research; Biological Conservation; Conservation Biology; Environmental Ethics; Environmental Values; Environmental Philosophy; Environmental Management; International Journal of Wilderness; Journal of Ecotourism; Journal of Environmental Management; Journal of Heritage Tourism; Journal of Leisure Research; Journal of Sustainable Tourism; Leisure Sciences; Leisure Studies; Mountain Research and Development; Natural Areas Journal; Parks; Tourism Management.


To Browse Journal Titles click here: Mansfield Library Journals or here Citation Linker.

Browse or Search Ejournal Packages (note: some allow keyword searching of article fulltext):

For an explanation of Popular vs. Scholarly (magazines versus research journals) click here: Popular vs. Scholarly.

For an explanation of Peer Review click here: Peer Review in 5 Minutes.

For an overview of placing article alerts click here: Article Alerts.

To evaluate, compare, and rank journals using citation data click on: Journal Citation Reports or on Scimago.

Book Catalogs

Book catalog resources:

For a detailed view of Dewey Decimal call numbers click on: Dewey Decimal Classification Summaries.

Main Government Document call numbers for browsing Forestry materials in the Mansfield Library book stacks: Level One  -  A 13

Research Papers A 13.78 (Initials of Station - Number of Paper)
Research Notes A 13.79 (Initials of Station - Number of Note)
Resource Bulletin A 13.80 (Initials of Station - Number of Bulletin)
General Technical Report A 13.88 (Initials of Station - Number of Report)
U.S. Forest and Range Experiment Station Station Initials
Forest Products Laboratory FPL
Intermountain Research Station INT
North Central Forest Experiment Station NC
Northeastern Forest Experiment Station NE
Pacific NorthWest Forest and Range Experiment Station PNW
Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station RM
Southeastern Forest Experiment Station SE
Southern Forest Experiment Station SO
U.S.D.A., Forest Service, Washington, D.C. WO

See U.S. Forest Service Publications for more information.

Dictionaries, Directories, Encyclopedias & Handbooks

Web Sites - Search Engines

For hints on how to use search engines effectively, take a look at the following: Finding and Evaluating Web Sites.

Some suggested search engines are:

Citation Guides

Here are some resources to help you manage your bibliographies:

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Barry Brown

Science Librarian

Head, Access & Collection Services

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