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Course Research Guide for FARR 2820:
The Future of Spaceship Earth

Use this page as a starting point for your research project. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email your subject specialist for this class, Rebecca Kuglitsch, rebecca.kuglitsch@colorado.edu, or book a research consultation right away using this calendar.

If you need immediate research assistance, stop by the Norlin Research Desk, call 303-492-7521, use one of our Ask Us services (including IM!), or try our extensive How do I... series for some DIY help.



  • Find Articles & Background
  • Get to the Full Text
  • Data, Maps & More
  • Cite

Below you'll find some particulary useful starting points for your research in this course.


Getting Started:

  • Academic Search Premier
    This multi-disciplinary databases provides full text coverage of magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals for nearly all academic areas of study. It's a great place to find a range of perspectives on your topic.
  • CQ Researcher
    Useful for background on a wide variety of topics. Not a scholarly source, but a reputable one that will help you understand the larger context of your scholarly sources.
  • Web of Science
    This multi-disciplinary database covers the top-tier scholarly literature on most topics.


  • Science/Engineering/Health Portal
    This is a collection of databases that cover popular & scholarly research. A great place to start any research with a focus on health.
  • PubMed
    This is the key resource for health & medical literature research, and a great place to find scholarly articles in these areas. Best when you have a very clear topic and need specific research.


  • GreenFILE
    Contains both scholarly & popular articles on all aspects of environmental studies.
    A good starting point for research with an environmental focus. Searchable, but also has browsable topics and a wide variety of media, ranging from scholarly articles to statistics to podcasts.


Finding Articles that are owned by CU

  • If you're in a database, look for the 'Find it at CU' logo button. Just click the button, and a new page will open, letting you know if we have the article online or in print. If we don't there is a direct link to the interlibrary loan form.
  • If you have an article citation from a book or paper, enter the citation details into the Article Finder. Or simply search the title of the journal in Chinook, check whether we have the dates you need, and keep browsing down to the article you'd like.
  • PASCAL(CU’s off-site storage facility in Denver)
    If you're looking for a journal articles in print and it's in PASCAL, we'll scan and send the article to you on 24 hour turn around. Scanned copies should be under 50 pages.
  • NB: Are you off campus?

    If you're off campus, you should be able to access our resources as long as you use the links on the library's web page. Our resources are linked using a proxy server, so off campus, all you need to do is click the link and enter your CU IdentiKey and password. Find more information on our Off-Campus Access page. If you're already using the VPN, you can keep using that, too.

Finding Articles and Books not owned by CU


Use Interlibrary Loan.
This service is free of charge. PDFs of articles are sent to your email address. You can also request books that we don’t own through Prospector and Interlibrary Loan.

  • ILLiad
    Traditional borrowing from other institutions, 2 week or less delivery of copies (paper or electronic) of articles, dissertations, books, etc., are sent at no cost to you.
  • Prospector
    This is your best first choice for borrowing books CU doesn't own. Prospector requests usually arrive in 3-5 days.






When do I cite?!

The library's How do I Cite page is a good place to start. It gives general guide lines for when to cite.


Isn't there something electronic that will make citing easier?


The library supports several tools that will help you manage your literature research, cite, and create bibliographies really efficiently.


  • RefWorks: an online cloud-based tool to create personalized folders of citations from which you can create bibliographies & format papers in hundreds of different citation styles in seconds.
  • Zotero: an open source tool that works as a plugin with Firefox. Your folders of citations exist on your computer, and you can back them up to the internet cloud. Quickly creates bibliographies and formats papers in many citations styles.


No matter what tool you use, always check with your instructor about which citation style they want you to use!


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