These are the AES subscription databases and journals that will be most helpful for your research.
The process of choosing a good research question usually starts broad and then gets more specific.
Write down a few broad topics that interest you.
From the broad topics, choose one or two. Quickly brainstorm as many questions as you can related to those topics here:
From your long list of questions, choose a few that are the most interesting. (Mark them with a highlighter or *, or cross off the questions that are out of the running.)
Do some reading.
Cross off any questions you are no longer considering.
Of the topics that are still in the running, brainstorm ways you might find the answer to your questions.
From the IB ESS Guide, some of the possible methodologies include: Values and attitude surveys or questionnaires • Interviews • Issues-based inquiries to inform decision-making • Observational fieldwork (natural experiments) • Field manipulation experiments • Ecosystem modelling (including mesocosms or bottle experiments) • Laboratory work • Models of sustainability • Use of systems diagrams or other valid holistic modelling approaches • Elements of environmental impact assessments • Secondary demographic, development and environmental data • Collection of both qualitative and quantitative data
Some of the possible analytical techniques include: Estimations of NPP/GPP or NSP/GSP • Application of descriptive statistics (measures of spread and average) • Application of inferential statistics (testing of null hypotheses) • Other complex calculations • Cartographic analysis • Use of spreadsheets or databases • Detailed calculations of footprints (including ecological, carbon, water footprints)
Choose your best question.
Word it carefully. Then write it again, changing just one thing. Then write it again, changing it a little more. Circle your best question.
These databases provide free full text access to many scholarly sources.
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Linda Hoiseth, MS/HS Librarian
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