English 100 – Garcia – Global Warming

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About this guide

This guide provides students with recommended resources for conducting research on global warming. Use the tabs to navigate through the pages of the guide.

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Sometimes the words you use to describe a topic are different from the words used by the library catalog and databases. If you have trouble finding information on your topic, ask a librarian for help choosing the best keywords to use in your search. Or, try some of the search words listed below.

  • arctic regions
  • climatic changes
  • climatology
  • global warming
  • meteorology
  • paleoclimatology
  • weather

Reference Sources

Reference sources are a good place to begin your research. You will find objective background information, definitions, facts, statistics, etc.

Print Reference Sources

  • Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change – R551.6 F946e 2010

Online Reference Sources

These resources are available online and will require your Pipeline account information when you access them off campus.


Search the library catalog for your topic.


Search for articles in the following databases. These resources will require your Pipeline account information when you access them off campus.

  • Academic Search Premier Provides full text and peer-reviewed articles for nearly 4,000 journals, magazines and newspapers in all subject areas.
  • Environmental Science/GreenFILE A collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment, including content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

For pro/con information on current or controversial issues, try searching one of these databases:

Evaluating the Information You Find Online

Finding good websites for college research can be difficult and time-consuming. Use the C.A.R.S. system to evaluate any websites you find:

  • Credibility: Is an author listed? What are the author’s credentials? Is there evidence of positive peer evaluation?
  • Accuracy:Is the date of the site current? Is the information complete and not too vague? Does the author acknowledge all views?
  • Reasonableness: Is the author fair and objective? Is the author concerned with the truth?
  • Support:Does the author provide support for the information? Are the sources listed?

Finding Reliable Websites

Consider using some of the reliable websites below to help you explore and narrow your topic: