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Crossing the World (Darby/Busch)  

A cross-curricular project focusing on the global impact of everyday products.
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Catalog Search Tips

Note: putting quotation marks around two or more words makes the catalog search the entire phrase; otherwise, it will search the words individually. (Example: "charles darwin").


1) Search terms: To find books on this topic, use the Library Catalog box. A keyword search will give you the greatest number of results; some may not be useful. A subject search will hone in on books that are about the topic you type into the search box. An author search will find only books by that author.

2) Write down the call number of books that look useful, and then look for them on the library shelves.

Using Advanced Search:

1) Click on "Power Search" (or "Advanced Search") under the Subject button.

2) You may type in multiple terms using AND in between. For example, type "Charles Darwin" in the first box, and "evolution" in the second search box. Setting both terms to "keyword" will produce a wide selection of results, including books containing these words; choosing "subject" will narrow down your results to only books whose topic is "Charles Darwin" and "evolution".

Using "OR" between terms produces MORE results; using "AND" between search terms selects FEWER results: only those containing both search terms.


The same search rules apply to most databases.


Darby & Busch

Global Impact & You

Research Paper & Presentation
A cross-curricular project


Mining Rare Earth Metals for Tech Products



Years of Living Dangerously documentary


Building iPhones in China


Where to Find More Books & Resources

Finding Reliable Web Sources

You will want to make SURE that the sources that you cite in your research paper or project are RELIABLE. The first the link below is a worksheet to help you evaluate a website for its usefulness and reliability. (Pay particlar attention to parts 2 and 3.)

The second link is an entire LibGuide on the subject of evaluating a website for its reliability and usefulness.


Factory Pollution in China


Where did you get your bag?


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