Environmental Concepts and Approaches

Course #: GESC-290-OC2

Finding scholarly sources for the carbon tax report assignment

For this assignment, you are to explore the use of carbon taxes, cap-and-trade and other forms of economic instruments that can be used in the battle against climate change. I list some recommended steps to take below, in addition to a sample search in the presentation.

You are required to use academic sources in your assignment. These can be:

  • scholarly journal articles
  • books
  • government documents

Step 1: break down your question into related concepts. In this case:

  • Concept 1: climate change, global warming
  • Concept 2: economic interests, cap-and-trade, carbon tax (and any other instruments you can think of)
  • Concept 3: impact or effect or use

Step 2: go to the Geography Subject Guide page

Step 3: search in one of the databases listed on the page, such as GeoBase, ProQuest, or Web of Science

In the example below, the example is searching the Geography and Environmental Sciences bundle @ ProQuest  

Before you search, note:

  • I recommend the three databases above because it is easier to limit your results to precise, quality, peer-reviewed articles
  • You may choose to use google scholar, but it is hard to determine exactly if results are scholarly, and hard to narrow to precise results
  • You may use the Omni search, but I recommend using one of the three databases above for articles, and Omni for books and government documents

  • If you are unfamiliar with Omni, consult our Getting Started with Omni guide, and see links to other specific tutorials, especially Advanced Search, Finding Books, and Finding Articles