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HON1000: Role of Non-Point Source Pollution of Lake Eutrophication: Databases

Search Tips

 

  • Never put in your entire research question when you search
  • Break up your search into keywords
  • Write down several different possibilities for searching 
  • You will need to search different terms and combinations - there is no such thing as a perfect search

Environmental Science Research Databases

The library has a large number of research databases, but it's important to know which one will work best for your needs.

Not all databases contain journal articles, and some are more appropriate for this course than others. 

For a full list of Library databases related to Environmental Science, check out our Databases page.

Below are a few recommended databases to begin your research:

Remember:  You can access the databases from off campus using your WPUNJ username and password!

Credo Reference

When learning about a new topic it helps to do a little preliminary reading to find out

  1. What you already know
  2. What you DON'T know
  3. What's already been researched
  4. What terminology is used
  5. Who are the important people in this area

Credo Reference is an online collection of reference sources that can provide a starting point for learning about these things.

What About Google Scholar?

You'll see Google Scholar on our Databases list, but be cautious of starting your research here.  

Like the full Google search, it will often give you more results than you need and some may be off topic.  

This is a great place to go if you have a solid research question or thesis statement, and if you've exhausted our other Databases already.