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How to Begin
To begin, you'll need to get an overview of your topic. A general or specialized reference source (an Encyclopedia, Almanac, or Atlas etc.) can be a great place to start. Consider your search terms carefully. Make a list of them. Make sure you have thought of broader and more narrow terms. Also remember to think about synonyms for your search words. Different search words will get different results! For example, try searching "hydrology" if "water" doesn't work. Or, try "aquatic plants" in addition to "water plants." The more search word possibilities you have the better are your chances of success.
Once you have a general idea of what's at stake in your topic (context, major players, historical significance etc.), you'll be ready to look at it in a little more depth. Books (in print or digital) will give you depth and breadth. Begin with the Bentley School Library Catalog. The search box is below on the right.
Print Reference Books in the Library
DVDs in the Library
Saving the bay : the story of San Francisco Bay
Call Number: DVD 1119
Publication Date: 2009
Narrated by Robert Redford, Saving the Bay explores the history of the San Francisco Bay with four one-hour episodes tracing the Bay from its geologic origins following the last Ice Age through years of catastrophic exploitation to restoration efforts of today.
Print Books in the Library
Climate Solutions by
Call Number: 363.738 BAR
Publication Date: 2008-04-15
explains in clear and simple language what different climate policies will do--and what they won't do.
How Bad Are Bananas? by
Call Number: 363.738 BER
Publication Date: 2011-04-01
This books provides the facts we need to make carbon-savvy purchases and lifestyle decisions.
Climate Change by
Call Number: 551.6 HAN
Publication Date: 2014-12-15
...tackles the past, present, and future of global warming, examining the effects it's having across the world, the politics behind denial, and the ways in which we can all work to lessen the harsh effects of our warming world.
Call Number: 363.738 GUZ
Publication Date: 2013-02-04
n Overheated, Guzman takes climate change out of the realm of scientific abstraction to explore its real-world consequences. He writes not as a scientist, but as an authority on international law and economics
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