Environmental Concepts and Approaches

Course #: GESC290-OC2

Finding scholarly sources for the waste audit assignment

With respect to library resources, there are a number of things to note:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. You are to include background scholarly research on the waste audit process, including books and journal articles.

Recommended steps:

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"