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ESP 102: Fundamentals of Environmental Science: Our library session

Today's Session

Today, we will be talking about using library resources to find peer reviewed articles and cite sources in APA. By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • Understand and identify peer-reviewed research
  • Use the library website to find journals and databases relevant to Environmental Science
  • Recognize different types of sources and use citation resources to cite them in APA

Important links for today's class:

Useful Databases

In-class activites

The Environmental Science guide linked below has the link to Environment Complete (in the Databases - Core tab) as well as information from Purdue OWL on APA citation.

Part 1: Comparing types of information sources

Part 2: Searching for academic journal articles

On your own, choose one of the following databases to look for a peer reviewed article on the relationship between coal ash and health hazards

After 5 minutes, find a person who picked a different database than you and compare your searches

APA Style

Work in groups of 3-4 to complete this APA 7 Worksheet:

using a resource such as Purdue OWL.

Wrap Up

Navigating the library website

Citing Sources

Selected Journals in Environmental Science for this course

Remember: You can go to Journals & eBooks on the library homepage and click on Find Journals & eBooks.  Once the journal is displayed, you can "search within" it. 

  • Science of the Total Environment
  • Nature Climate Change
  • Environmental Research Letters
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Frontiers in Marine Science
  • Water Research

Research and Instruction Librarian (Health Sciences)