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ESC 140 Earth's Environment: Get Started

Earth's Environment

Course description: Relationships between humans and the earth are examined in this course, with a focus on natural hazards and natural resources. The course emphasizes the Earth processes that are important to human activities and the impact of human activities on Earth’s processes. Topics may include volcanoes, earthquakes, flooding, water quality, water resources, global climate change, severe weather, wildfires and coastal processes, among others. The interactions between the various natural hazards are examined.

This purpose of this page is to provide resources for the Natural Hazard Paper.

Recommended Databases

Library databases contain articles published in journals, magazines and newspapers. Use the search filters to select specific source types and make sure you are paying attention to the publication dates.

Suggested Resources

Specialized Encyclopedias:

Encyclopedia entries are generally brief and give you the accepted facts on a topic. They are excellent starting points for research because they often point you to more specific sources of information or give you ideas for further research.


The library has a large collection of print and electronic books that provide in-depth research as well as contextual information to help you understand a topic and its place in the larger academic conversation.

Newspapers, Magazines & Journals:

If you plan to search the web for sources, make sure you are familiar with or can identify the credentials of the publisher/author. Try and stick with well-known sources of information like reputable newspapers and magazines or government sources.

Citing and Plagiarism Resources

Your paper and sources must be formatted using GSA standards. 

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