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ENVS 217: Environmental Policy: Home

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Strategies for Finding Gray Literature

Efficiently searching Google for technical reports, white papers, and other documents means constructing your search out of three elements:


For example: "deforestation," "ocean plastic pollution," "agricultural methane," etc.


Where are you primarily interested in studying this problem? Some examples might be "Amazon rainforest," "north Pacific ocean," "Central Africa," "St. Joseph County, Indiana"

Type of source

Are you looking for white papers, resolutions or policies from local government bodies, management plans, environmental impact statements, etc.?  

Some sample search terms:

deforestation AND Amazon rainforest AND environmental impact statements

ocean plastic pollution AND north Pacific AND white paper

industrial development AND St. Joseph County Indiana AND county council resolution