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Research the connections between social justice and environmental problems and solutions.
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Research Tips

A few free web tools that might help you organize your info:
    Web bookmarks/favorite available from any browser. A great way to organize and share useful web information
  • Zotero
    A Firefox extension to help collect, manage, and cite research sources.
  • Bloglines
    a tool to organize and skim multiple blogs and RSS feeds

Getting Started

Begin searches for articles and other papers by thinking about the important elements of your topic, for example, list a variety of keywords, decide how current or historical the sources should be, and whether you may need policy sources from local, state, national or international agencies.  Talk to your professors and fellow students for ideas, too.  Be prepared to adjust your search strategies and keywords according to the results you find in each database or search tool.

Research advice is available by email or with an in-person appointment with your subject librarian, LaVonne Jacobsen.  You may also contact other research librarians by IM Library Help, E-Mail Reference or in person at the Library's Research Assistance Desk.


Citing References

In this field, follow the citation form known as "MLA." For more information, check the Citing References research guide.  As you read, be sure to write down as much information as you can while you are first looking at a source.  Not sure where to start?  Some good choices include:

  • Author or editor
  • Title of the book, OR the article AND the journal title
  • Publisher
  • Place of publication for a book OR Volume and issue number of the journal or magazine
  • Date of publication
  • URL and/or the database name
  • Date you accessed an electronic document

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