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HI 397 U.S. Environmental History: Fall 2017

Professor: Dr. Erik Reardon

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Citation Trail Databases:

Note the type of publication an article is in.
* Scholarly journals are the primary conduit of academic research.
* Magazines can provide popular perspectives or alternative voices.
* Newspapers can offer the most current information.

Scholarly Journals

Articles in scholarly journals, especially when PEER-REVIEWED are particularly important to academic research. They:

  • provide in-depth analysis or report original research
  • use in-text citations and bibliographies
  • are written by and for scholars

Look for options in databases to limit your results to articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.

Good Research Takes Time

Keep a research log.
Check multiple resources.
Look for & try new search terms.
Carefully evaluate all materials.

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Our Citation Software guide can help you decide which to use.


U.S. Environmental History

Photo:  Muir Woods Ocean View Trail by Miguel Vieira (Flickr CC BY 2.0)
Proclamation (pp 2-4) creating Muir Woods National Monument on January 9, 1908

Primary Sources: Historical Newspapers & Magazines

Primary Sources - Archival Collections

Find other digitized primary source material: Do a Google search for your topic or person and add these words and phrases:

  • archive*
  • digital collection*
  • "digital library"
  • digitized
  • "oral histories" or "oral history"
  • museum
  • papers
  • manuscripts
  • letters

For a more precise search, from the Google results, click on: Settings > Advanced Search 
You can then narrow your search by entering .edu or .gov or .org in the Site or Domain box

Search Tips

  1. Use an asterisk to search all endings of a word: ecolog* = ecology, ecological
  2. Use quotes to glue together a phrase: "Earth First"
  3. Put synonyms in parentheses with OR between each term: (preserv* OR conserv*)
  4. As you find material, scan for alternative search terms in item records and references, and then try new searches.
  5. Start with a keyword search and look for subject headings links in item records. Sample LOC subjects in CBBcat:
  • Conservation of natural resources -- United States -- History
  • Environmental degradation -- History
  • Environmental management -- United States
  • Environmental policy --  United States -- History
  • Environmental protection -- United States -- History
  • Environmentalism -- United States -- History
  • Global warming -- History
  • Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946 – Philosophy
  • Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862 -- Philosophy
  • United States. National Park Service


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  • Finding a specific article
  • Finding book chapters on a writer or an artistic work
  • Finding book reviews

For best results, use limiters. 

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Fall 2017 Office Hours:
Tuesdays: 1-2:30pm
Wednesdays: 1-2:30pm

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