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									                                         Government Documents Resources:
                                                 Global Warming
                             GovDocs/Maps website: http://www.evergreen.edu/library/govdocs/index.html

This exercise will help you find community based research using Federal, State, County, and City government

Basic Strategies:

          When doing a search on a government website, be sure to type quotation marks on your phrase.
           For example: “global warming”
          Always search for links that are descriptive like: PUBLICATIONS, READING ROOM, and STATISTICS.
           These are the links where you will find reports, information, and databases.
          If the search engine is driving you crazy, try the site map.
          If your search engine still gives you too many hits, narrow it down by adding a term or replacing it with a

Federal Resources: a great deal of local information can be found using Federal government resources. Federal
government reports also help give you a broader scope and vision that help local communities to focus on their goals.

A good source of information for community information on the environment is the U.S. Environmental Protection

1. Go to the EPA website at: http://www.epa.gov/
2. On the left side, click on BROWSE EPA TOPICS
3. Scroll down and click on GLOBAL WARMING

What kind of information did you find?

Now scroll down and click on EPA GLOBAL WARMING SITE

1. Briefly summarize what are greenhouse gases.

2. Briefly summarize emissions inventories.

3. What are sinks?
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Scroll back up the page and click on the links to the left: INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL STATE, LOCAL, and

What kind of information did you find?

Return to: http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/index.html


What kind of information did you find under each category?

Other good sources of government information on the environment and sustainable development are:

            President’s Council on Sustainable Development: http://clinton3.nara.gov/PCSD/
            Council on Environmental Quality: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ceq/index.html
            Be sure to use the EPA’s website search engine and BROWSE TOPICS to look for more information. Also be
             sure to click on the PUBLICATIONS link found under INFORMATION SOURCES.
            National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Global Programs: http://www.ogp.noaa.gov/
            U.S. Geological Survey: http://www.usgs.gov
            Bureau of the Census: http://www.census.gov/. You will need the Census website for many statistical
             information which includes the Census of Transportation and the Census of Construction. Both of these
             censuses are part of the Economic Census. You can find information by state as well.
            Livable Communities: http://www.livablecommunities.gov/
            Government Accounting Office reports: http://www.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces170.shtml
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State Resources: the state also publishes local information on a variety of topics. For a listing of all the state
government agencies, go to: http://www.evergreen.edu/library/govdocs/wastate/index.html

              Use the accessWashington search engine to find a myriad of hits on “global warming:”

               The search should give you a variety of hits.

County and Local Resources: You can go directly to the city or county government website to find information.
For a listing of Washington State city and County government websites, go to:
http://www.evergreen.edu/library/govdocs/wastate/countygovt.html and to

Another good source of city and county government information is the Municipal Research and Services Center
located at: http://www.mrsc.org/

The TESC Reference Desk also has a title of great source of information called County and City Data Book
which could be very useful in your research.

TESC Resources:

Don’t forget to use TESC Library’s online catalog. By doing a search you can access the Government Documents
collection as well as the Main Stacks collection. If you cannot find what you need, you can then use the Combined
Catalog which includes the Washington State Library and St. Martin’s College.

Regional Depository: The Washington State Library (WSL) is the Regional depository for Federal documents in the
state of Washington. They collect 100% of what is being distributed through the depository system. Their online
holdings, though, go as far back as 1976. For pre-1976 titles, you will need to call WSL at 704-5227 to see if it is

CASCADE: The CASCADE catalog will give you access to the library online catalogs of the four-year institutions of
higher learning in the state (CWU, Evergreen, EWU, UW, UW-Law, WSU, and WWU). If CASCADE has what you need,
you can make a request online and the title should make it to TESC within three to four days.

For further inquiries on the Government Documents/Maps collection:

Carlos A. Diaz, Government Documents Specialist
phone: x6251

Fall Quarter 2002 Office Hours for Carlos:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday:                          8am – 5pm
Tuesday, Thursday:                                  1pm – 10pm

Handout created by Carlos A. Diaz, April 9, 2001.

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