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Communicating Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism: Environmental Racism and Justice

Below are myriad ways to research environmental racism and justice in different contexts and among diverse populations. These resources are commonly used in CMJ 107 and CMJ 407 (Communication and the Environment, and Environmental Communication, respectively), as starting points for projects focused on communicating and addressing environmental issues.

Find Scholarly Articles

There are myriad databases in Fogler's database menu where you can find research that addresses environmental racism and justice. Below are a few places to start.

Keep in mind that your search terms may refer to issues, events, or relationships between ideas that you want to know more about, such as:

  • ("environmental justice" OR "environmental racism" OR "environmental inequality") AND (race OR ethnicity OR racism)
    [this is a broad search that will provide a range of insights into this topic]
  • "environmental racism" AND health
    [you could also search for something more specific to health effects like disease or cancer, or health disparities]
  • "hazardous waste" AND (race OR ethnicity OR racism)
    [you will find articles on everything from industrial pollution to landfills to policy issues]
  • ("environmental racism"  OR "environment justice") AND Hurricane Katrina
    [this search will yield insights into issues like the long-term effects of housing discrimination and water quality on people of color during natural disasters]
  • Dakota Access Pipeline and "environment justice"
    [this search provides information on issues like tribal sovereignty, and the effects of oil spills on sacred sites and archaeological materials - find additional resources on the Dakota Access Pipeline here

Subject-Specific Search Options

Interdisciplinary Search Options

OneSearch is a discovery layer that sits on top of the many electronic resources we have access to. When you search OneSearch, you are searching a range of electronic journals, databases, and library catalog materials. You can filter your results to make them more relevant to your needs, for instance by content type (like books or scholarly articles or news articles), date ranges of interest, or library location (whether UMaine, UMA, USM, etc.).


Search Google Scholar through Fogler Library in order to get one-click access to full text journal articles we subscribe to.

Find Press Coverage 

Search for concepts related to the environmental justice issues of interest to you.

Keep in mind that Ethnic NewsWatch will provide articles from sources not covered by the mainstream press.

Find Books 

Below, you'll find a sample of books available in URSUS, the library's catalog. 

Find Environmental Justice Information on the Open Web


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