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 resources. 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 synonym. 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 Agency. 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? Page 2 Scroll back up the page and click on the links to the left: INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL STATE, LOCAL, and INDIVIDUAL. What kind of information did you find? Return to: http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/index.html 1. Click on CONCERNED CITIZENS, INDUSTRY, and INTERNATIONAL. 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 Page 3 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:” http://access.wa.gov/search/ 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 http://www.evergreen.edu/library/govdocs/wastate/citygovtindex.html. 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 available. 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 email@example.com 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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