Finding scholarly sources for the waste audit assignment
With respect to library resources, there are a number of things to note:
- It is recommended that you review waste audits that have been completed elsewhere to get an idea of methods that are used and why they are used.
- You should also review a periodical, for example, the Canadian Geographer, so you can see how a primary research paper is organized and how detailed their methods are.
- You are to include background scholarly research on the waste audit process, including books and journal articles.
Step 1: go to the Geography Subject Guide page
Step 2: search in one of the databases listed on the page, such as GeoBase, ProQuest, or Web of Science.
The example below illustrates a search in the Geography and Environmental Sciences bundle @ ProQuest.
Before you search, note:
- I recommend the three databases above because they allow you 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
- Your topic is fairly specific: waste audits. The example below will show you how to find scholarly, peer-reviewed articles on that topic.
- The presentation below is like Power Point; use the arrow to move forward, or click on individual bars below the slide.
To search through individual journals:
- Go to the Library homepage
- Click the "Journal Titles" tab at the left side
- Enter your journal of choice in the search box.
- Example journals:
- Canadian Geographer
- Waste Management & Research
- Waste Management
- Resources, Conservation & Recycling
- You can search each journal individually for your topic: "waste audit"