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BIOL 101 - Environmental Biology (All sections): Sources Answer Key

Library information and resources for all sections for the BIOL 101 class

Answer Key and Explanations

1. The book, Glaciers: The Politics of Ice by Jorge Daniel Taillant, 2015, Oxford University Press.  This book is about politics. Politics is not science. Sources with political perspectives are not permitted for this assignment. 
2. The book, Global Climate Change and Terrestrial Invertebrates, edited by Scott Johnson and Heflin Jones, Wiley Blackwell, 2017. This book is from an academic publisher, it was published within the past five years, and it focuses on science. 
3. Articles from McGraw-Hill’s Access Science: Encyclopedia of Science & Technology Online (through the Clark Libraries website) AccessScience is a library database that provides credible articles dealing with science and technology. Use is encouraged for this assignment.
4. Report from CNN.com: “Yes, Climate Change Made Harvey and Irma Worse,” by Wayne Drash, Sept. 19, 2017 This is an example of an article from the popular press, which is not allowed for this assignment. It's also a .com, site, which should not be used. 
5. Article from CQ Researcher on the Clark Libraries website, “Water Crisis in the West,” 2018. Current articles from CQ Researcher are approved for this assignment; these articles are written by credible authors, fact-checked, and are neutral in tone.
6. Website: Greenhouse Gas Emissions https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions Articles from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and other .gov sites are permitted for this assignment. 
7. Website: Why Does Climate Change? (from the Texas A&M Extension Service) https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/solutions/why-does-climate-change/

This is an example of an university extension site, which are approved for this assignment.

8. Article in the library database, Academic Search Premier, called “The Last Resort” from Scientific American, January 2019. Current articles from the magazine Scientific American are allowed for this class.
9. Article titled "Phenological Responses of 215 Moth Species to Interannual Climate Variation in the Pacific Northwest from 1895 Through 2013," by Julie A. Maurer (Biology Dept, Western Washington University) and others, in PLoS ONE, 9/12/2018, pps 1-15.

Good example of a current, scholarly scientific article. Note that just because an article is in a library database doesn't automatically mean that the source is both credible and appropriate. Focus on the characteristics of the source itself - the credentials of the author, the research methodology, the sources cited, the date, and the publisher.

10. The document titled “Climate Friendly Gardener” from the Union of Concerned Scientists Website, http://www.ucsusa.org/

The Union of Concerned Scientists is a highly respected organization (many of your instructors are members) but this site it is still a .org, so you should carefully evaluate anything you may want to use.

11. The Sierra Club website, http://www.sierraclub.org Sierra Club is a .org (an organization) site. Anyone can create an organization site on the web. Treat .orgs the same as .coms: rigorously evaluate; ask instructor if in doubt.
12. An article from Academic Search Premier (a library database) called “Airpocalypse Now: China and Climate Change,” by Bill Powell, published in the magazine Newsweek Global Edition, Dec. 11, 2015 (also available from Newsweek online) This is an article from a popular press magazine. Note that just because an article is in a library database doesn't automatically mean that the source is both credible and appropriate. Focus on the characteristics of the source itself - the credentials of the author, the research methodology, the sources cited, the date, and the publisher.
13. A 2016 interview in the New York Times with NASA climate scientist James Hanson and other climate experts.  (The library subscribes to the digital New York Times) This source has two problems: First, it is popular media, which is not appropriate for a science project. Newsweek, CNN, and National Geographic are other examples of popular media. The other problem is that it is an interview. No matter how credible the person being interviewed is, interviews almost always contain misquotes and misinformation.
14. Changing the Climate. Latest post: January 2019. https://changingtheclimateblog.wordpress.com/ This is a blog. Blogs are not appropriate for this science project.
15. Essential Environment (6th edition) Withgott and Laposata 2019, Pearson Publishing (in case you didn’t recognize it this is your textbook!) This is your textbook; use is encouraged for this assignment.

 

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