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ENVS 3400 / PSCI 3060 Environmental Policy

This guide helps students doing research for the Policy Memo and Policy Recommendation assignment in ENVS 3400 / PSCI 3060 Environmental Policy.

How to use this guide


Welcome to the Environmental Policy research guide! This guide will take you step-by-step through the research process for your policy memo assignment. If you have any questions about what you read here, or if you need some expert help with your research, please contact me!

Step 1: Background reading

Explore environmental policy topics in the public discourse by reading news sources. News sources are much easier to read and more up-to-date than scholarly articles, so this is a good place to explore topics and decide what you want to write about.

Step 2: Understanding sources of law

What is policy? Where do policies come from? Read this brief introduction to the sources of law to help you figure out what kind of policy you are dealing with and where you will have to look to find information about it.

Step 3: Find the text of your policy

Finding the actual text of your policy can be tricky. This section tells you where to look depending on what kind of policy you've chosen.

Step 4: Find sources about your policy

The best databases and websites to help you find articles written by experts about your chosen policy.

Step 5: Improve your searches

Some tips for making your keyword searches more effective.

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