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SOCL 1246 Environment and Society

Suggested research tools for the social, political, and economic forces behind the global environmental crisis, such as global warming and climate disruption, world resource availability and the global economic crisis, environmental justice and social ine

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Getting Started with Research

Sage Research Methods link

with a tutorial on Using Sage Research Methods to do a Literature Review
NOTE: It is normal for your research question to change or evolve as you work on the literature review and find more information about your topic.

Looking for a topic?

Global Issues in Context --  Browse Issues link in the upper left side of webpage includes topics such as    
                         Air Pollution, Agribusiness, Climate Change, Fracking,  Nuclear Energy, Oil Spills, Recycling, etc.    

 

If you use Google--remember to evaluate the source--the search below found articles from National Geographic, NPR and the New York Times.
 recycle plastic china google search

​A quick read of popular (non-academic) articles can provide some research leads and links to reports, studies, journal articles. The National Geographic article mentioned an engineer who wrote a report on the topic of recycling plastic..

Keep your search simple

  • Search the most obvious, broad term first; see what you get. You can narrow your results from there.
  • Don't complicate your search. 1-2 terms may suffice.
  • If you need to retrieve more information, then expand the number of terms you use
     

This is when it helps to keep track of your search terms and resources. Here's a sample search table on this research topic


 

Part of the research process is asking the question "what about . . . .. ?" to narrow down the topic.

A possible approach could be researching zero-waste--read about a zero-waste city Kamikatsu, Japan or

reducing the use of plastic--