To follow current issues, newspapers and news wires are the best places to look.
For finding policy related literature, both general or environmentally related, the databases below are good starting points:
For finding environment/energy/natural resouce related literature, including scientific and policy based, use the databases below:
It can be difficult, and downright tricky these days, to determine if current news is trustworthy, accurate and unbiased. Luckily there are common sense measures you can use to evaluate what you read online. When reading online content it is helpful to remember the following principles:
1. Accuracy-Do you feel the information presented is correct? How does it compare to other information you have found?
2. Authority-Who is the author of the page and do they have the credentials to be writing on a topic? Is there an About page or anyway to identify the author?
3. Objectivity-Who is the audience? Is the information being written for the general public or a niche group? Is the content free from advertising? Is the information unbiased?
4. Coverage-Does the information presented appear to complete and comprehensive? Does the author cite his sources? Can you access those sources?
5. Currency-Is the information update to date? Has the content been date stamped? Is this old news just being re-hashed?
If you have further questions about evaluating resources or need help, please remember to Ask a Librarian.