EnviroLink reports to be the largest and most frequently consulted online environmental resource. Perhaps one reason for this popularity is EnviroLink's weekly review of sites, "What Soars, What Snores". Sites are rated based on content, philosophy, and potential impact on environmental issues. In addition, EnviroLink has received recognition and awards for its Web site from Internet and environmental organizations alike. As a not-for-profit corporation, this grassroots online community's mission is to foster worldwide environmental activism and to provide Internet services for non-profits and green businesses.
Patrons can navigate EnviroLink using a text or graphics browser. A local search engine allows searches by words or phrases for all pages at the site. This site contains numerous resources, including: EnviroNews; Actions You Can Take (boycotts and other activism); the Green Marketplace (companies; products; and job listings); EnviroArts; and Live Environmental Data (which currently lists very limited statistics on population, rainforests and earthquakes). Political science and environmental studies majors will find the following projects supported by EnviroLink most interesting: EcoLex (US environmental laws and policies), and the Endangered Species Act On-Line clearinghouse.
Of particular use to academic library patrons are the collection of resources at the EnviroLink Library. One can browse through the alphabetic listing of library links or choose to search the subject headings--earth, air, fire, water, flora and fauna. Examples of resources available from the Library include a collection of K-12 environmental curriculum guides; and hyperlinks to government data; to environmentally friendly how-to publications; and to magazine articles from activist organizations.
Librarians assisting undergraduate researchers in the many disciplines that intersect with environmental issues will find the legal data, publications, and databases at this site easy to use. EnviroLink should be at the top of anyone's bookmark list for accessing environmental Web resources.
Business and Government Information Librarian
Montana State University-Billings