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Welcome to the research guide for Environmental Science!
This is the place to learn about:
-doing library research for your environmental science classes
-grants and other sources of funding for environmental science research
-professional associations, and job opportunities and careers in environmental science
Sources for Environmental Science Research
Reference Sources, such as encyclopedias, handbooks and dictionaries, are a good place to start your research because they provide:
- background on a topic
- historical research
- potential keywords for your catalog and database searches
Books in both print and electronic formats provide:
- in-depth coverage of a topic, broad in scope and usually historical
- information that is two to three years old by the publication date
- indexes where you can check if the book contains your topic
Articles in both print and electronic formats provide:
- the most current source of peer-reviewed information
- focused research, narrow in scope
- literature reviews
Websites must be evaluated for credibility, authority, and accuracy before using and provide:
- the mose current information on a topic (but not necessarily peer-reviewed)
- obscure, hard-to-find information
What Is Peer Review?
Many instructors require you to use peer-reviewed sources for your papers and projects, but what does that mean?
- Peer review is the process of having experts in a field review the quality of an article or book before it is published
- Most articles in scholarly and academic journals are peer-reviewed
- Books published by university or academic presses are peer-reviewed
Most databases allow you to limit your search to peer-reviewed articles. Here are two examples: