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ESPM 10: Environmental Issues: Start

Research resources for ESPM C10. Relationship between human society and the natural environment.

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Welcome!  Use this guide to search for books, ebooks, articles, and other resources on environmental topics.  For more resources, use Bioscience Top Ten List, visit the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library web site, or use the ESPM Guide. Please contact us if you have difficulty finding or accessing library resources.  

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Sample Search

Research and analyze an environmental event or particular adverse event.

  • Write your research topic as a question, subject idea or thesis statement.
    Example: What are the adverse effects from air pollution?
  • List the main concepts.
    Example: acid rain, water contamination, algae blooms, haze, smog, effects on wildlife, ozone depletion, crop and forest damage, global climate change, respiratory system diseases, human health problems,
  • List key words, phrases, synonyms, & alternative terms to search: - Be Creative.
    Example: air pollution, indoor air pollution, natural ventilation, asthma, air particles, threat to human health, technology, equipment, water contamination, smog,
  • Remember to include other collections and disciplines:
    Environmental Design
    Public Policy
    Public Health
  • Sample searches:
    air pollution and California
    (air pollution or smog) and global warming


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