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Environmental Science: Introduction


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:

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