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ENVS 1150: Search Strategies & Tools

Recommended search tools

 Sources for Background Information 

Use to define your topic and to situate the issue in context. Identify:

  • Key people
  • Key organizations
  • Geographic locations
  • Specific time periods or chronology
  • Stakeholders and voices

Encyclopedias & Reference


Books & Summary

Subject terms: Subject terms are assigned by information specialists to categorize information. So what? Subject terms are more precise than keywords. They may help to eliminate irrelevant content that mentions a keyword but not in a significant way. Try these:


Climatic changes

Energy conversation

Books beyond CU



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Sources for Opinions & Events

Use to catch the tenor of the conversation, to identify recent events, and to capture different voices and stories.  

News Magazines & Papers

 Sources For Evidence, Interpretation, & Analysis

Use to dive deeper into your topic, to gather complex interpretation of the issue, to garner evidence that supports your claims. 

Scholarly Articles & More

Government Agency Publications

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Combine Keywords & Search Terms

AND  link words by AND to search for all words in the same resource

OR  link words by OR to search for one word or another (instead of both/all words)

NOT  to eliminate results with a certain term

“Quotations” – add quotations to a group of two or more words to search for the exact phrase