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Finding Background Information
Try a library subject guide for recommendations of subject-specific reference sources (such as encyclopedias and dictionaries) on your topic. Some helpful guides may include:
The best place to look for books on your topic is the Library Catalogue. There are two ways to search the Library Catalogue:
The best place to look for articles on your topic is an Article Database:
Recommended multidisciplinary article databases:
A Full-text science and social sciences database that is capable of backward and forward ciation linking and includes citation counts.
- Web of Science 1900 to the present
Three citation indexes: Science, Arts and Humanities, and Social Science. The Science Citation Index covers a range scientific & technical disciplines, such as biology, agiculture, chemistry, environmental science, biotechnology, physics and veterinary science.
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.
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.
|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 with either petroleum OR oil in the title or abstract; this will increase your search results|
|Parentheses||(...)||e.g. insect AND (migration OR dispersal) will retrieve articles with insect AND migration or articles with 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, it may be helpful to begin with the library's Government information guide
Writing & Citing
Some resources of interest may be:
- 5 steps to a better paper (tips and tricks to help you complete assignments)
- Citation management software (EndNote or RefWorks) available at McGill
- Citation style guides (online and print resources pertaining to specific styles)
- McGill Writing Centre: tutors and workshops available to help with writing