This guide is intended as a 'starting point' for students in the Environmental Studies program.

Start here:

Key reference works:

Do an initial search on Wikipedia:

  • to become familiar with a topic or person of interest
  • to broaden your search terms
  • Using Wikipedia wisely (watch this video)

Search Summon to easily find peer-reviewed journal articles on any topic.  Remember to refine your search by selecting the following options: Scholarly & Peer-Review, Journal Article and Discipline to obtain high quality, academic literature (see diagram below).

You can also limit your search to many other source types in Summon, such as books/e-books, newspapers, magazines, trade publications, videos, dissertations or conference proceedings. While many sources are published in different formats and written for specific audiences, they do not have solid authority as with the scholarly, peer reviewed literature.

Alternatively, search subject-specific databases to find journal articles. They offer many advanced search features to help focus your search results and only contain scholarly literature.

Subject-Specific databases for environmental studies:

Note: If the library does not have what you need, you can order books and/or journal articles from other libraries through RACER. If you are a first time user, you must register first before you can start using it.

Key Journals

The red arrows on this sample Summon search show the elements selected to refine the search.

Sample Summon Search

 

Referencing your sources is an important part of academic writing. Why?

  • it lets you acknowledge the ideas or words of others if you use them in your work
  • it helps you to avoid plagiarism
  • it demonstrates that you are using the scholarly record and that you can provide authority for statements you make in your term paper
  • it enables readers to find the source information

Geographers most often use APA citation style:

Alternate Citation Guides:

Writing Guides:

Writing Services: located on the 4th floor of the library

  • offers students help with learning the mechanics of academic writing
Content last updated: September 24, 2018