As you start to narrow in on your research topic, remember that book chapters tend to be good sources of information, and written in readable language. Try searching the catalog for print and online books related to climate change and your topic. Remember related terms (climate justice or sea level rise might also be good starting search terms).
You're also welcome to browse library shelves to find books on this or related topics.
Helpful call numbers include:
|Climate Change and Weather
Now that you've gathered basic information, it may be time to dive into scholarly articles for help. Try one of the databases below in order to find scholarly articles on your topic. Remember that you want to try focused searches in the databases. A search of sea level rise and salinization will produce a much more focused set of articles on this topic than a search of climate change and ocean.
Struggling to remember how to search one of these databases, or how to identify or read a scholarly article? Take a look at one of the links below:
Looking for up-to-date reports or news briefs from credible sources? Take a look at the following recommended sites to start, and then look at the Evaluating Websites box below as you strike out on your own:
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: