This site provides access to Florida Gulf Coast University Library's South West Florida Environmental Documents Collection (SWFEDC).

The SWFEDC is an amalgam of the Estero Bay Documents Collection, The Charlotte Harbor Information Resource Center Documents Collection, and the Caloosahatchee Documents Collection. For more information, see "About the Collections".

To perform a search, click on one of the "Search" buttons near the bottom of the screen and enter your search terms.

Clicking on "Search: the SWFEDC Database" will allow you to access the documents in our collection.

The WebLuis search interface is used for searching the SWFEDC collection. Detailed instructions on using the WebLuis search interface can be accessed through the WebLuis User Guide.

Clicking on "Search: Charlotte Harbor Information Resource Center" will take you to a web site sponsored by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program. Bibliographies, pathfinders, and other web-based information related to the environments of Southwest Florida is available through this site.

Clicking on "Search: Linking Florida's Natural Heritage" will allow you to access environmental documents collected from all over Florida by the state universities of Florida.

Clicking on "Search: Florida Environments Online" will allow you to access environmental documents related to Florida as well as pathfinders to the Florida Geological Survey and Florida Agricultural History and Rural Life.

Many of the documents in this collection can be viewed online in their entirety. Documents not available online can be obtained from FGCU Library Services or through the Inter-Library Loan services available at most local libraries.
Online Documents are available in JPEG and PDF formats.


JPEG images are good for displaying online in your browser. Every page of online, full-text documents in this collection is represented by one JPEG image. To move from page to page, use the Next and Previous buttons on the menu bar at the top or bottom of the screen.


PDF files are good for downloading and printing. In general, all of the pages in a chapter or other type of section are "bundled together" into a single PDF file. When you click on a link to a PDF file the Adobe Acrobat Reader launches automatically and displays the document on your screen. The Acrobat Reader has navigation tools that allow you to turn pages, zoom in and out, and print or download the file.

Your browser must be configured to run the Acrobat Reader software in order to read a PDF document. Acrobat Reader is available free and can be downloaded from Adobe's Download Page. For a detailed instruction and a step-by-step tutorial you may refer to the Acrobat Reader Tutorial.

A minimum level web browser of Netscape 4.0 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 (or similar browser with Java and Javascript enabled) should be installed on your computer. Current versions of Netscape and Internet Explorer are available free for downloading.

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