Use the websites linked here to find the environmental justice topic you will research and present on this quarter.
Spend time exploring so you find a topic that INTERESTS you AND MEETS THE CRITERIA for the project.
The list below is divided by focus: the environmental issue, a potential solution to the issue, an activist committed to work on this issue. The first section lists four key websites you might start with.
This example is from the website Green America and it shows how a general article on fossil fuels and the telecom industry can provide leads to organizations working on the issue.
Be sure the topic you select passes the checklist!
For broad topics like air quality, try connecting them in a web search to words that capture environmental justice concepts. For instance:
Climate Change Related Issues
Additional Environmental Issues
1. As shown in the image below, you can try a basic search, using a simple keyword, or you can click on Advanced Search to see more options. You can also choose to browse topics, clicking on "Browse Issues" in the banner below the search box.
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2. Click on specific topics or categories, such as Global Change.
3. Note the different kinds of information you find. Academic sources may come in handy when you're looking for scholarship, but to help you generate ideas click on Reference and Case Studies.
4. I selected Reference and found 96 article titles. I use this list two ways:
5. The excerpt below highlights a few topic ideas from the article on Third World Pollution. The article points to Bhopal India and Tijuana Mexico, as two examples I could research further to see if they would work for this assignment.
With some topics it may be evident that they are environmental justice topics, while with others you need to dig or get more specific.
Use the Web to check.
Search terms: environmental justice AND flint water crisis
Notice that the article below specifies that the water crisis was an environmental injustice that impacted a poor community of color.
You will spend more time than this to choose sources for your research project, but for now, simply use the Holman Library One Search to search in all of our databases at once for scholarship on your topic.
1. Type in your topic. Use quotes for phrases. Keep it simple and connect your key ideas with AND or OR.
2. Limit your search to Peer Reviewed from the list of results. It's on the menu on the left.
3. Try setting a date limit to 15 years for the moment.
4. Look over the titles and the journals the articles are published in. Do you see scholarship that looks relevant? You will need to find scholarship that helps you explain the science of your topic.
Sample search of Flint water crisis
The first article is from a medical science perspective, while the second looks at whiteness and innocence through a social science lens.
For this assignment, I would find the first article more relevant.
To focus my search on a specific aspect of the Flint water crisis, I can:
If I add a second keyword or keyword phrase, such as lead, I find fewer and more focused articles also.
This guide is here to help you accomplish all of the above! Ask a librarian if you would like more help.
Search by environmental issue and/or community:
Search by casting a wide net with the keywords:
Explore organizations working on the issues:
You might find it helpful to limit by domain type: