Find Background Information
Part of defining your topic is finding relevant background information in your area of interest. This will help you:
- Learn basic information and vocabulary about a topic you might not know a lot about yet
- Determine the current status of research in your area of interest
- Decide if the topic you're thinking about is the right fit for you
See below for some ways to find relevant background information.
Encyclopedias and Handbooks
The following sources provide brief introductions to issues, concepts, people, and events involved in environmental studies.
Encyclopedias and handbooks are a quick way to find out the basic facts and current points of debate.
When using an article, always check the bibliography for further reading at the end of the article. It will provide a selective list of the books, articles, and, frequently, Web resources considered to be the most up-to-date and reliable.
For more, try this:
- Go to Tripod.
- Click the "Books and More" tab.
- Click the Advanced Search link.
- Enter environment, for example, in the top box.
- Enter encyclopedia or handbook in the second box.
- Choose limits (such as location=Haverford or year of publication).
- See the example search below.