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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:
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.
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?
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.
Need some help putting together citations? Check out the helpful links below:
Want software to create citations for you? Check out the database below: