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Finding authoritative websites
It would be impossible to list all of the useful websites for this topic. Instead, here are some guidelines for selecting your own online sources:
Pay attention to these important factors:
- Who is/are the authors of the website - are they experts in the field?
- What is the purpose of the website - is it to inform you or to convince you to believe or think in a certain way?
- Does the website have a particular bias?
- Have you found information from people or organizations who have different viewpoints?
Consult government organizations that gather data on your topic:
Visit the websites of relevant interest groups:
Wikipedia has a long list of conservation organizations in America. If you use this list, be sure to go to the organization's website - don't just use the Wikipedia description of the organization:
Use this website to determine how various NGOs use the money they raise:
Most of the information you use for this project will come from very current sources such as websites and newspapers. You also may want to consult a book or two for some background information. Books about your topic (if we have them) can be found by searching the library catalog, here:
Menlo Library Catalog
Enter the term or terms that are the subject of your project. Do not enter a sentence - just use one or two words.
Global Issues in Context (Gale)
News, video, audio and reference articles providing perspectives on international news & events.
A broad collection of scholarly journals. This is not a current issues index; most articles are at least three years old.
Access to current and past issues of Nature magazine, with downloadable page images in PDF format.
America's Historical Newspapers (Newsbank)
Look in Access World News for current news stories on your topic. You can also use the Find a Topic link and click Environment to find news articles on specific environmental topics.
Points of View (EBSCO)
Perspectives and analysis on hundreds of current topics.
Science Reference Center (EBSCO)
Contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
Access to full-color PDF copies of Scientific American, beginning with the first issue.
Pro industry or sporting use viewpoints
- Many states have ATV associations (advocating for all-terrain vehicle use) and sportman's associations (advocating for hunting and target shooting). Search for these in Google using the name of the state, i.e. Utah ATV assocation.
- Some state farm bureaus have spoken out against land protection efforts.
- The terms "trail riders" or "trail alliance" can lead to organizations promoting backcountry trail use by dirt bikes and ATVs.
- Mixed-use or "anti-wilderness" advocates often show up in news articles or discussions of lawsuits. Generally, these are people who favor fewer regulations for public lands. Read articles about new legislation and look for who was arguing on the side of expanded use or less regulation.
- Logging organizations tend to advocate for road building in protected areas. Search the state name and "logging association".