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GEOG 104 - Smullen: Session Introduction & Assignment

Helping students in GEOG 104 get ready for their in-class presentations...

This guide can help you:

Form an approach to initiating an assignment.

Identify the use of information sources based on the type of information (i.e. books for background)


Use keywords from a research question or statement to search.

Distinguish differences between popular and scholarly articles.

Explore topics for your paper or project. What motivates you?

Explore the library's information resources.

Start to gather information for an assignment.
Properly cite the information resources you decide to use for your assignment.  

+Assignment and research approach

Write and present on a scientific subject, achievement or person that is relevant to any topic discussed in Earth and Space Science.  

Information Requirements

  • What information requirements do you have?
  • Internet sources? If so, what kinds are acceptable?
  • Books? Print? Electronic? Reference Collection?
    • All of the above sources are acceptable.
  • Articles? Newspapers? Scholarly or non-scholarly?
    • Again, at least 2 sources must be scholarly.  Newspapers and other articles in addition to the 2 scholarly sources are encouraged!  
  • What citation style do you use?
    • For this presentation, you are required to use APA when citing things.  


ProQuest RefWorks

RefWorks is a "next-generation" citation management tool that can help researchers cite sources in all of styles most commonly used at SU like APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, ACS, AMA, and thousands of others. With this tool, researchers can gather, organize, read, annotate, and cite their research sources. Plus, RefWorks creates an online collaboration space that enables groups of researchers to work together from any location.

Learn all about RefWorks: Video Tutorial Library      Guide to RefWorks