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EESC24 Advanced Readings in Environmental Science

Welcome to the research guide for EESC24. This guide will help you become familiar with different types scholarly information resources for environmental science research.

Effective web searching

There is no control over the content that is published on the internet.

We recommend you become familiar with strategies to effectively evaluate the information you find while searching the web.

Evaluate your sources!

Search Google

Google Web Search

Before searching Google, take a look at these websites to learn some useful web search tips:

Search within a website

Site:[Domain] [Keywords]

Example:

Site:http://www.ec.gc.ca/ climate change

Search for similar websites

Related:[Domain]

Example:

related:www.bbc.com/news/science_and_environment/

Remove or avoid keywords

[Keywords you want] -[Keyword you don't want]

Example:

climate change -conspiracy

Search for a phrase or exact term

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase or a specific term

Example:

"climate change"

Decoding Domains

Commonly recognized top-level domains:

  • .edu = educational site (usually a university or college)
  • .com = commercial business site
  • .gov = U.S. governmental/non-military site
  • .mil = U.S. military sites and agencies
  • .net = networks, internet service providers, organizations
  • .org = U.S. non-profit organizations and others

Examples of Internet country code top-level domains:

  • .ca = Canadian site
  • .uk = United Kingdom site
  • .in = Indian site