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ENVR 301 Environmental Research Design

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  • emily [dot] mackenzie [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-7876
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Finding Background Information

Try a library subject guide for recommendations of background sources (such as encyclopedias and dictionaries) for your topic. Some helpful guides may include:

Finding Books

The best place to look for books on your topic is the Library Catalogue, called McGill WorldCat

Finding Articles

The best place to search for scholarly articles on your topic is using an Article Database:

Recommended multidisciplinary article databases:

Recommended subject-specific article databases:

  • Environmental Science and Pollution Management Database
    Comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences, including such disciplines as bacteriology, toxicology and toxic emission, environmental biotechnology, and energy resources. This database also includes Pollution Abstracts, Toxline, and Water Resources Abstracts.
  • GreenFILE
    Covers aspects of human impact to the environment. Coverage includes:Global climate change, green building, pollution,recycling, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture.

See library subject guides for more recommendations of article databases for your topic.

Search tips

Boolean operator AND e.g. insect AND migration: will retrieve articles containing both words; this will decrease your search results
Boolean operator OR e.g. migration OR dispersal: will retrieve articles containing either (or both) words migration OR dispersal, this will increase your search results
Parentheses (...) e.g. insect AND (migration OR dispersal): will retrieve articles with the terms insect AND migration or articles with the terms insect AND dispersal
Phrase searching “___” e.g. "global warming": will retrieve articles containing the phrase global warming
Truncation */? e.g. dispers*: will retrieve articles containing the words disperse, disperses, dispersing, dispersal, etc.


When looking for government information, try starting with the library's Government information guide

Writing & Citing

Some resources of interest may be:

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