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HSS504 - Environmental Economics: Home


This course guide aims to give relevant resources on the study of economic issues specific to the use and management of the earth's natural resources. The skills learned will help determine what environmental projects need prioritizing and those that need further consideration. Here one will learn about opportunity costs, external costs, social costs, and private costs.

From the Course of Study, "This research colloquium investigates public policy issues in the field of economics. Topics include the debates over sustainable growth, tax reform, supply-side economics, labor organization, national industrial policy, pollution, population growth and welfare policy, and the ethical responsibilities of business."

Tips for Success

  • Know alternative names/spellings for your topic
  • Your main focus is to ask a specific research question and answer it using evidence..
  • Start Early. Proper research takes time.  The better your research, the easier you will find writing the paper.  
  • Keep Track of your work. Make sure to have all data to proper cite your research. 
  • Take Time to Review. Edit and reflect on the work you have completed, BEFORE you hand it in.

Understand Your Assignment

  • Choose a topic that excites you and not one you think the teacher wants. 
  • This is a research class, use appropriate resources and know it will require time to do a good job. So be prepared to look at resources unfamiliar and ones you haven't come across in previous history classes.
  • What is the final project, a paper, a presentation, both?
  • What are the requirements for length of a research paper, or length of a presentation?
  • Create personal deadlines and give yourself at least 24 hours to reflect on the final product.
  • Make to create a bibliography of resources used.

You can't do your best if you don't plan ahead!

Research is a process with a lot of steps.  There are no shortcuts if you want to do your best work.  To be successfull in the research process, get organized, gather information, use information, and reflect on your final product. 

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Good General Guides

The Web abounds with online guides to research and writing.  Some of our favorites are:

Research Process Guide   Beloit College

Basic Steps in the Research Process  Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Excelsior Online Writing Lab Excelsior University

OWL: Online Writing Lab  Purdue University

Intro to Library Research  University of Minnesota Libraries