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When you're searching for specific topics, you want to be thoughtful about choosing search terms.  A couple of examples you might think about:

  • Drought and United States
  • Water Supply and Colorado
  • Water Shortages and Climate Change

All of these searches have slightly different foci, and will give you different results as you research the current western drought. Once you have your search terms, head to Academic Search Complete to try them out. 

Climate Change and Tipping Points: 

Academic Search Complete has some information about Climate Change and Tipping Points, but U.S. Newsstream is a better bet for this.

Want more in-depth info about Climate Change?  You can check out the Climate Change guide for ways to get started or go deeper in your research. 

Evaluate Websites

While you're doing Google searches to either narrow your topic or in order to dig up more information on certain subject, you want to be careful to decide if the information you find is trustworthy.

When it comes to science, nearly everyone has opinions: should we be labeling genetically modified food for consumer's awareness? What will fracking do for our economy or our groundwater supply? Your job is to evaluate the information you can find through Google and Bing to find the good websites--those written by authors you can trust, with good and up-to-date information.

Authorship: Who created this website? What is their background on the topic? Are they trustworthy?

Bias: Why was the website created? What point of view does the author have? Does that limit the facts they present or how the facts are presented?

Date: How old is the information that is presented? Is it still accurate?

Questions? Check out the COD Library's guide to evaluating information.


Looking to find more info on EROI numbers for the BIOLO 1110 lab?

Visit the lab page here in order to discover more. 

Cite Your Work: APA Style

Of course, as you get ideas and data from your sources, you want to be able to cite them.  Keep in mind that you want to cite not only quotations, but also ideas that you get from your research.

Not sure if you are paraphrasing, plagiarizing, or patchwriting?  Check out Academic Integrity by Ulrike Kestler, which has a section on all three

Need some help putting together citations?  Check out the helpful links below: 

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