SC 130: Climate Science

This research guide will help you find resources for topics discussed in SC 130, Climate Science Honors.

Please visit the "Climate Change at Monmouth" library research guide for more local and national information and resources on climate change.

Why Should I Use Reference Resources?

Beginning your research with reference resources helps you discover background information like terminology, central figures and dates and an overview of existing literature on your topic. Look for:

  • Definitions of key terms
  • Historical context
  • Biographical information
  • Critical interpretation of texts
  • Bibliographies detailing relevant scholarship

Where to Begin

General background information is helpful in the early stages of a research project. These databases are an excellent place to begin.


Use these specialized encyclopedias and reference texts to get an overview of the subject, or to familiarize yourself with terminology and key concepts.

The Peer Review Process

Peer review process: scientists study something; scientists write about the results; journal editor receives article& sends out for peer review; peer reviewers read the article & provide feedback; if any article finally meets editorial and peer review standards it is published in the journal; editor may send reviewer comments to the scientist who many then rewrite and resend the article for further review. If an article does not maintain sufficiently high scientific standards, it may be rejected at that point.