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GEOL 1121H: Library Research Guide (Polly Bouker): Resources for Project 1


Project 1:  In depth research about a global application of topic from one of the following (as relating to one interdisciplinary theme found below):  Plate Tectonics, Minerals, Igneous Rocks, Volcanism  

INTERDISCIPLINARY THEME 1: Geology and human suffering – children mining minerals, earthquakes in poverty-stricken areas, soil loss and food insecurity, etc

INTERDISCIPLINARY THEME 2:  Geology and military conflict – water wars between enemy nations, politics of petroleum trade, structural geology and impact on troop movements in WW2, etc

INTERDISICPLINARY THEME 3:  Geology and Economic Development (nation building) 


Scholarly Databases

How to Evaluate Online Resources

When you encounter any kind of source, consider:

  1. Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view? 
  2. Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
  3. Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
  4. Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
  5. Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
  6. Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?

*Credit: Berkeley Library