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Earth & Environmental Sciences Library Guide

Research resources for earth and environmental sciences

Why Use Background Sources

Reference tools are great places to start your research. Use these tools to:

  • Refine your research question by becoming familiar with the key issues, themes,and figures important to your research topic.
  • Locate short summaries, definitions, and background info which is essential for your own understanding and is useful for the introduction of your paper. 
  • Identify and understand important and technical terminology & vocabulary which will be useful in your search for articles. 
  • Locate references to reliable and authoritative sources 
  • Find known information (taxonomy, species information). 

Most of our background sources are available Online 

Background Sources

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