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NSP: Screening the Anthropocene

Strategies, tips and links to locate and gather resources for your research projects and course assignments.

Finding Sources for Your Research Assignment

Professor Findling requires you to locate and use:

  • 8 (or more) scholarly sources:
    • at least 2 should come from the required readings
    • at least 6 should be outside sources
    • scholarly = not web pages, Wikipedia articles, blogs
  • ​Acceptable sources include (and may be found using this LibGuide):
    • ​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
  • You may also use:
    • Wikipedia pages, blog posts, film reviews, the films themselves
    • However, these will not counts as part of the 8 required sources
  • Your paper should be:
    • Between 2,500-3,000 words (8-10 pages)
    • Typed, double-spaced
    • Use a standard 11 or 12 point font
    • Have 1-inch margins
    • Use a consistent standard citation style
      • Turabian is preferred
      • MLA or APA also acceptable

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!