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NSP: Science of the Anthropocene

Strategies & tips to locate and gather resources for your research project.

Finding Sources for Your Research Assignment

Professors Findling and Huschka require you to:

  • 8 (or more) scholarly outside sources
    • outside = not required for this course
    • scholarly = not web pages, Wikipedia articles, blogs
  • ​Acceptable sources include
    • ​Peer-reviewed journal articles
    • Substantive articles from popular magazines, please ask one of the instructors if you're uncertain about a source
    • books or book chapters
  • A successful paper will be one that presents research about a well-defined ecological problem pertinent to the relationship between human beings and the natural world in the Anthropocene, offer an analysis informed by the conceptual frameworks discussed in class, and propose and defend a definite course of action that addresses the stated problem in a philosophically and ethically responsible way

The earlier you gather your resources together, the better off you will be. Scrambling to find relevant resources is stressful and may limit what you will be able to access and use.

It's always wise to collect more than what you think you will need. This is especially true if you have to rely on interlibrary loan (borrowing from other libraries) and don't have the book or full text article to consult immediately.

The information on this guide will help you to discover different types of resources.  Please ask your instructor or one of our librarians for help if you have difficulty using the sources or you just don't know what else to try!  We'd be very happy to work with you to discover the sources you need!