Nature & Human Values (NHV)
Want research help?
1) Visit the NHV Librarian, Brianna Buljung, in her office in the Library--Room 270A.
2) Stop by EPICS / NHV Library Office Hours - Tuesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM on the main floor of the library
Can't make it then?
- Contact Brianna directly
- See the librarian on duty at the Information Desk,
- Request a Research Help appointment,
- Or complete our Ask a Librarian form.
Evaluating Sources Activity: Section A11 - Professor Pass
Peruse the book and article display just south of the Library entrance.
Or, try a Google search anchored by specific keywords to keep the results relevant, for example "case study" or "ethics." Try some of these search tips, or Google's Search Help section, to get better results.
GreenFile (articles about human impact on the environment)
Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)
Keyword searching worksheet
Other possible sources on various topics: Multidisciplinary online databases
Can't get full-text? Request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
Videos about the research questions/processes, keyword searching, scholarly articles, evaluating resources, and more.
1. The Idea.
Read the assignment from your instructor. Read it again. Ask your instructor if you have any questions! Choose a topic; think about:
- Environmental or technological issues at a local, regional, or national scale.
- Current Events for ideas from the news.
- An ethical piece to any topic you pick.
- Something that's INTERESTING or relevant to YOU.
- A topic that has been written about in enough depth that you will have reliable sources to work with (i.e., don't pick an environmental disaster that happened two days ago).
2. The Issues.
The Web is a great way to get a feel for the issues surrounding current or controversial topics. Find out who's in the news, what websites promote viewpoints, which organizations are involved. You will not necessarily use these websites as sources in your final paper, but they can help you get started in gathering background information. Other sources of background information:
- The Concise Encyclopedia of the Ethics of New Technologies, by Ruth F Chadwick QH332 .C66 2001
- Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, by Carl Mitcham Q175.35 .E53 2005 Reference
- Prospector (regional catalog): request books from other libraries
3. Boundaries. Set some--you have a deadline.
Which issues do you want to include? Can your subject be narrowed or broadened if you run into snags with your research?
Keep notes (print or electronic) on what you find. Start with the publications you've already run across while picking your topic.
After you have enough background information, start your research with the Library Catalog (log in to the catalog for more efficient searching) to find some good sources or identify databases or articles that are relevant to your topic. Don't hesitate to search again and again if your first list of results doesn't turn up what you need (why do you think it's called research??).
Regardless of where you find your information sources: evaluate, evaluate, evaluate!
5. The Paper
Get your notes together and identify what you should cite.
If there's a hole in your research, go back and find publications that will back you up.
Your final draft should include the list of publications you've cited. The assignment's due; you're good to go.
Find information on citing sources here.