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Paper #1: 100 points – The paper should chronicle the career of a person who has made a substantial contribution to the field of Environmental Studies.  This person could be an Environmental Scientist, philosopher, activist, politician, etc.  The paper should summarize this person’s contributions and include a narrative of the professional life and works that led to her or his major achievements (i.e. background, education and career path, publications, etc.).  This paper must include a literature cited section, or bibliography with at least three citations, none of which can be websites with no author or date of publication.  An alternative topic for this paper can be profiling an environmental villain (use your imagination, there are lots of options) or environmental organization ( i.e. Sierra Club, Audubon, etc.) instead of a person.   The paper should be 4-6 pages of text in length with standard margins and no larger than 12 point font.  The topic (5 points) (instructor approved) is due September 19.  An annotated bibliography (15 points) is due October 3.  The paper is due October 22.  Students may re-write the paper for extra credit, due at date designated by Professor (target day November 7).

Searching with Keywords

Search Tips and Strategies

1. Generate a set of terms related to your topic.  These will be the keywords with which you begin searching.

Frank Church                 public land            preservation              
Edward Abbey               ocean                   conservation                  
Rachel Carson                 beach access          activism             
Nature Conservancy         DDT                  protections                  
Surfrider Foundation       watershed                                                 

2. Combine your keywords in various ways:

"public land" AND (conserv* OR preserv*) = Using the AND operator narrows your search to only results that mention both keywords.  Use the OR operator to search for variants or synonyms of the same keyword.  The asterisk (*) is a wildcard symbol that is used to catch variant endings of a word (femin* = feminine, femininity, feminism).

“species protection” AND "united states" = Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase

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