English 155: A Global Proposal (MacIntyre)

Comparison of Minimum Sea Ice Between 2005 and 2007

Finding an Issue

These websites highlight big environmental issues and can help you select an environmental problem for your paper:

Finding Background Information

Learning more about your environmental problem before you begin can help you formulate your arguments and can help you pick additional search terms.

Narrow or Broaden Your Search (Boolean Searching)

Use AND between terms to narrow your search

example: television and violence and children

Use OR and/or truncate (*, ?) words to broaden your search

example: children or youth or adolescents
example: child* (will find child, children, etc.)
example: wom?n (will find woman or women)

Note: check online help for the correct truncation symbol

Finding Articles

You can use these databases or any others listed on the database pages; this list is only a suggestion of places to start your research. If the full-text is not available for the article you want to see, click the Find Text button or the "Find Text" link to see if the full-text is available in another database.

Help with Methods

These sites can help you find information on current government programs and methods:

Citing Your Sources

The library website provides sample citations for MLA, APA, and other citation styles on the Citing Your Sources page.

Contact Information

If you have questions as you do your research, you can contact me directly at danielle.skaggs@csun.edu or 818-677-6808. For help 24/7, go to Ask A Librarian.

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