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EVR 2001: Introduction to Environmental Science

Resources Explained

Understanding Resources for GEO/EES Research

Scholarly Articles

  • What: An article written by experts in an academic field that is intended to share knowledge.  Info is trustworthy!


  • Characteristics:
  • Written by professors/PhDs
    -Writing is complicated
    -Contains sections such as abstract, methods, discussion, conclusion
    -Contains list of reference
  • Best way to find them: Use the scholarly journal filter on library databases! (OneSearch, Environmental Science Collection, Web of Science)


Popular Articles

  • What: Articles meant to share timely information with a general audience
  • Characteristics:
  • Simple writing
    -Often contains info on current events, but can contain factual errors
    -Usually written by journalists (but can be written by professors)
    -Often don’t cite sources
  • Examples: Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Times, Forbes, magazines, newspapers, blogs
  • Not sure if it’s scholarly? Ask a librarian!

#buzzfeedquiz #whichharrypottercharacterareyou

Can I use it? Why? Why not?


  • STOP! Never, never, never! cite Wikipedia in your papers.
  • Why? Anyone can edit Wikipedia, which means anyone can change any of the information. You can’t be sure that you are getting correct information!
  • When can I use it? If you don’t understand a topic, you can read a brief overview of it.  You can also look and see if the page you’re looking at has scholarly articles in the references


#WillSmithisDead #FalseWikipediaEdit


Why can’t I just Google it?


  • Pros/Cons of Google:
    -Pros: You get a lot of results and you can type in questions
    -Cons: Sometimes you can’t tell where you’re information is coming from, so it might not be credible. Google will also mainly show you free articles, but most articles cost lots of money $$
  • Why use the library?
    -You know exactly where you’re information is coming from (trustworthy!)
    -You get more thorough content because we’ve paid for all the information for you!

Big takeaway: Library resources are your best bet for doing research!
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