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Before you Begin: Know the Assignment
Keep your assignment description close by so you can stay on track!
- What topics are allowed? Sample Paper Topics include:
- Biological remediation of oil spill on site
- Underground storage tanks--problems & remediation
- Bioremediation of BTEX components of gasoline
- Vitrification--a position paper detailing its benefits & hazards
- Hazardous by-products of incineration
- Barrels as an option for long-term waste storage
- Eutrophication of large water bodies (i.e. the oceans) by human wastes
- Septic tank systems
- Usage of any technology covered to treat a specific waste.
- How many resources are required?
- A minimum of 5 (five) references...but you may need more!
- What types of resources are required?
- At least 3 (three) must be academic references (books or scholarly articles) or professional text. The rest may be popular press, like newspapers & magazines.
- When is your assignment due?
- Start your research early so that you can gather your information BEFORE trying to start writing!
- What citation style is required?
- You should use MLA citation format for this assignment.
Smarter Search Strategies!
Brainstorm your Search Strategy
Searching with "AND"
Think of "who, what, when, where, & why" for ways to focus your topic. When you connect keywords with "AND", you will narrow your search because you will only receive results that include BOTH keywords.
Searching with "OR"
Before searching, brainstorm words or concepts that are similar in meaning and use those as search terms. When you use "OR" to connect keywords, you broaden your search because the database will give you results that include either of your keywords.
Searching with "NOT"
When you use "NOT" with your keywords, you narrow your search because your results will exclude any sources including the second keyword.
You can also TRUNCATE
Insert an asterisk (hold the Shift key & the 8 key at the same time) to get results that include all possible endings of a root word. For example:
"symbol*" will retrieve symbol, symbolizes, symbolism, etc.
"devia*" will retrieve deviates, deviant, deviance, etc.