Salisbury University Libraries


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CADR403- Research Guide
Resolving Environmental Conflict

Getting Help

Hi, I'm Krista Knapp, your friendly reference/instructional librarian, and I'm here to help you!

Here's how to get in touch with me when I'm not at the Research Services desk:

  • In my office: BL128 (always best to make an appointment)

  • By email:

  • By IM on Facebook

You can get assistance at the Research Desk as well.

You can also get help 24 hours a day/7 days a week through the Maryland AskUsNow chat reference service:

Background Information

Reference sources are a good place to start your research.  What is a reference source?  A reference source is something you consult for a specific piece of information, not something you read from cover to cover.  Reference sources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, thesauri, atlases, almanacs, directories, etc.  Blackwell Library's reference collection is located on the main floor.  Consult the Library of Congress Classification outline to see the call number area for your topic.

Some reference books that may prove useful:

A dictionary of environment and conservation
GE10 .P375 2008

Encyclopedia of environment and society
REF HM856 .E53 2007

Ecosystems and human well-being : policy responses : findings of the Responses Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
REF GF50 .E267 2005

The essentials of-- the environment
REF GE10 .K47 2005

Environmental law handbook
REF KF3775 .E64 2003

The state of the nation’s ecosystems : measuring the lands, waters, and living resources of the United States
REF QH104 .S73 2002

Another great source for local information:

The Nabb Research Center


Finding Books

Find books in Blackwell Library using our online library catalog.  Books in our library are arranged using Library of Congress Classification.  The books you can check out are located on the second floor of the library.  If you ever have trouble finding a book you want, PLEASE ask for help at the Research Desk!

Find books from other USMAI Libraries.  You can also borrow books from any of the USMAI affiliations by selecting the "choose campus" link at the top of the catalog page and then selecting "USMAI All Campuses."  When you find a book you want that is not in Blackwell, click the "request" button and use your ID number to login.  You can have the book delivered to Blackwell within 3 or 4 days.  View this tutorial to see how it's done!

Books from Interlibrary Loan/Worldcat
Interlibrary Loan is a great tool that allows you to borrow a book from libraries outside the USMAI system.  Before you submit a request, make sure that we don't own the book here at SU or at one of the other USMAI institutions.  If not, you can submit a request through ILLiad

You can also search Worldcat, which is a huge catalog of materials from libraries all over the world.  If the book you want is in a library, chances are pretty good you will find it in Worldcat!  If you find the book you want and you know it is not available at SU or any USMAI campus, then you can click the Find It button and then request the book through Interlibrary Loan.  The advantage of doing it this way is that you don't have to fill in all the information about the book!

Click here to go to the Interlibrary Loan webpage.
Here's a short tutorial about how to use ILL!

Finding Articles

Ask yourself if you need scholarly sources or popular sources for your assignment.  Many times, your professor will insist on scholarly sources.  What does that mean?  Find out using this handy-dandy chart.

We have several databases you can use to search for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles.  Some of them only give a citation to the article, and some have the full-text. 

Here is a list of databases you might want to try: (Note: You will be asked to log in with your Gull Card barcode number if you are off campus.)


  • Academic Search Complete - a multidisciplinary database from EBSCO with a mix of scholarly and popular resources, a lot of full-text and Find It links when there is no full-text available

  • JSTOR - scholarly full-text resources; the newest documents are 3-5 years old.

  • Lexis-Nexis Academic - this database contains full-text world news, legal and business information.

  • National Newspapers - a collection of full-text major newspapers including The New York Times and Washington Post.


  • AGRICOLA - Science & Agriculture: citations to agricultural literature

  • ASFA: Aquatic Sciences - ASFA series is the premier reference index in the field of aquatic resources.)

  • GEOBASE - Worldwide literature on geography, geology and ecology.

  • ScienceDirect - general science journals.



It's a bit like magic, really.  The Find It button does three things:

  • Looks in all of our databases to see if the document you want is available full-text in another of our databases.  If so, it links you to it!

  • Links you to the library catalog when we have the item you want in print or microform.

  • Links you to ILLiad (interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another library if we don't have access electronically or in print.

The Find It button is YOUR FRIEND!!!  Click here to see the Find It Button in action!

Citing your Work

Plagiarism is not cool.  Of course you want to make sure you give proper credit to any source that you use to write your papers, whether you directly quote or paraphrase.  This guide helps students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it:

For citation help, check out the SU's Citation Style Guide.

I also have a fondness for the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University.  It's very comprehensive!


Always make sure that internet resources are appropriate for your project.  If you have any doubts, check out the criteria listed on this website.

If the link above doesn't make things crystal clear, and you're still questioning the appropriateness of a website, please check with your professor or a librarian.

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The librarian liaison to CADR is Mou Chakraborty, | 410-677-0118