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ENVS 648, Environmental Issues in Food and Agriculture: Overview

Food and the Environment

Finding Full-Text

Within a journal database, look for the PennText link or button.  Click on PennText to open a page with options for obtaining the full-text.

News Sources and Newswires

Newspaper Resources

Agriculture and Food Policy Related Newswires

Top Ten Library Services/Resources Every Graduate Student Should Know About

In no particular order: 

1. Lean Library- access journal article seamlessly from home or off-campus

2. Poster Printing/3D printing- all 3D prints for academic or research purposes are free. 

3. Browzine- Table of Contents alerting service with easy to use interface. Mobile app available, too!

4. RefWorks- library supplied citation manager

5. Relaxation Room- in the Biotech Commons- practice yoga, meditate, assemble a puzzle!

6. Study Rooms- available in all libraries, different sizes for differing needs, all equipped with tech. Just book ahead!

7. Tech Center- having issues downloading software, issues with your technology? Visit the Tech Center on the ground floor of Van Pelt Library.

8. Weingarten Learning Center-located in Van Pelt, provides instruction on academic reading, writing, study strategies and time management. 

9. Center for Teaching and Learning- improve your teaching skills as a TA, learn to use innovative technology in your classroom.

10. Workshops- Bioinformatics classes on the use of BioCyc and the NCBI databases, GIS+mapping software, Data Visualization, Data Management. For more classes follow the link. 

Resources for Background Material

Evaluating Online News Content

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


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