Nathan Amador, Ph.D.
Dr. Amador is a geographer who specializes in the climate of the world's cold regions. He uses remote sensing to observe and track changes in the landscape. At Ohio Wesleyan, he teaches introductory courses as well as upper level courses focussing on climate change and the environment. Challenge him with your most obscure trivia question!
Students in Geography 347 will be doing a case study of an impact of climate change. Many resources will be needed and this guide will point students to various resources that are authoritative and good places to gather information on their topic. Students doing a writing option in this course will need to pay particular attention to gathering a wide variety of scholarly sources.
Research is an iterative process but begins with understanding how a particular topic fits into a wider subject context. There are some specific steps that should be taken:
1. Educate yourself about the context of your topic
2. Understand the meanings of the various jargon and subject specific words and phrases
3. Read broadly about your topic before you try to get specific; use subject-specific encyclopedias
4. Pay attention to the descriptive words used in conjunction with your topic as these are words you will use in your searching
5. Get more information by using books or book chapters that have been written about your topic
6. Get scholarly research articles about your topic by searching the databases suggested in this LibGuide
7. Discover how your topic is treated in the press
8. Cite your sources to give credit where credit is due and to avoid plaigiarism