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Environmental History: Citing and More Help

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Generating keywords for your searches

To come up with keywords for your research, consider doing the following:

1. Think carefully about your topic.  Write it out in a sentence or two.

2. Circle the key concepts in your topic sentences.

3. Brainstorm synonyms or related terms for your key concepts.  One approach to brainstorming is to create a concept map. You can do this with pen and paper or via free online programs such as 

4. These are now your search terms.  Experiment with different combinations of the terms as you search in databases.

5. When you successfully find sources that are relevant to your search, pay attention to the keywords and subject terms in the database record and the source itself.  This may lead you to additional sources.

Tips for finding books

Books are an important source for information. The subject headings listed below are just a sample of what you might use to find books in WorldCat, the library's catalog.

When searching WorldCat by keyword, always check subject headings associated with a book's record - they can help lead you to additional resources. 

  • Agriculture History 
  • Biogeography
  • Civilization Modern History 
  • Climatic Changes 
  • Deforestation History 
  • Environmental Degradation History 
  • Environmental Policy History  
  • Environmentalism United States History  
  • Fires
  • Forests And Forestry United States History
  • Global Warming 
  • Human Ecology History
  • Human Evolution 
  • Human Geography 
  • Landscape Changes United States History
  • Nature Effect Of Human Beings On 
  • Nature Effect of Human Beings on History 
  • United States Environmental Conditions
  • United States Historical Geography 
  • Wildfires