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FYI 102: Environmental Justice (Strasser)

Find Sources for the Rapid Research Assignment

Many universities host institutes and centers for research on water. Here is a small selection:


In addition to the above, you are likely to find information from a variety of other organizations and research centers online. Before you decide to use any given source, be sure to ask yourself:

  • What organization produced this information?
  • What is the purpose or mission of the organization?

The answers to those questions will help you assess whether the source is suitable for your project.

News articles can be a great source for up-to-the-minute information on water--especially in places facing drought and dwindling water resources. The following databases can help you find current news. Here are some keywords that may be helpful as you search them:

  • aquifers
  • drought
  • groundwater
  • reservoirs
  • surface water
  • water supply
  • water table

Augustana's OneSearch is a great place to begin finding government publications. Filter your results to "Books" and look for sources published by government organizations such as the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, etc. Here are some good keywords to use:

  • aquifers
  • drought
  • groundwater
  • reservoirs
  • surface water
  • water supply
  • water table

Much government research on water is conducted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Here are some USGS sites you may find helpful:


The USGS is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, which has additional resources on water:


The Environmental Protection Agency also provides information about water:

Below are links to state agencies in the Southwest that will have information about water as a resource. In addition to looking at state-wide information, be sure to find the government website of the city - and potentially the county - you are focusing on, to see if it also has relevant information.


ARIZONA:


NEVADA:


You can also find research articles directly in OneSearch. Limit your search to "Articles only," then apply the "Peer-reviewed" filter in your result list.