A step-by-step approach for finding secondary and primary literature in all areas of Environmental Science and related disciplines.
Questions? Please contact me (email@example.com).
Primary literature looks like this, this, or this … (note the format–Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References)
… what is the question(s) you are trying to answer? These secondary sources can help you —
*answer fact questions
*discover search terms, phrases, and names
*focus a research question
Remember, true research is rarely a straight path.
Good sources to help you understand and link to primary literature:
New York Times
The Washington Post
Science Bibliographies (Strategian)
Trends in …
From IPUMS/NHGIS — the National Historical Geographic Information System; land cover and climate data for United States counties and Census tracts.
“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.”
“… Mission is to monitor and assess the state of the Earth’s climate in near real-time, providing decision-makers at all levels of the public and private sectors with data and information on climate trends and variability including perspectives on how the climate of today compares to the past.”
Offers geological, environmental, and geographical information about the planet Earth from NASA’s extensive repositories of satellite imagery and numeric data. Includes color photographs, maps, satellite images, articles, data sets, and more.
… these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or validate/invalidate an answer.
Use the “Advanced Search”; can also be used as a tool to focus a broad search (try out search terms, find a possibility, search that possibility in a disciplinary database, and then use the indexing to more precisely find additional papers).
Includes articles, book chapters, and images that have been used and cited by multiple college students and have been highly cited in the scientific literature. Links to full text are provided; some full text is directly available.
If the full text is not directly available above, these are the quickest ways to check if you have access to a source —