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SUNY Geneseo Fraser Hall Library Subject Guides

HIST 302 Environmental History in the Modern US -- Professor Kleiman: Library Session February 8th, 2022

Google Doc Link for class

Using WorldCat to Locate Books (primary and secondary)

Use Worldcat and SUNY Search to find one primary and one secondary source on any of the following topics. (Remember, these might be useful search words when looking for primary sources: narratives, memoirs, diaries, interviews, oral histories, sources, documents, autobiographies.)

  • Agent Orange
  • San Francisco's water supply problems (late 19th and early 20th century)
  • 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill
  • Agri-business/factory farming
  • Protests against nuclear energy and weapons
  • Three Mile Island accident
  • Fracking
  • Labeling of organic foods

Use this GoogleDoc to record what you find today.

Primary Sources: Newspaper & Magazine Articles

Use the linked tools to find articles on the same topic that you looked for in WorldCat.

Use the same GoogleDoc you used earlier to record the articles you find.


Zotero is citation management software that is free online, although you will have limited storage with the free version. It can do the following:

  • Create citations and bibliographies for you
  • Organize your sources and tag them for easy searching
  • Share sources between people in groups for easier group work

Citation mangers are useful for major papers and projects where you will be dealing with a lot of sources, and can streamline your workflow once you learn to use them.