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Water Resources 120 - Research exercise

For students in Erin Rudders' class, Winter 2022

Earth globe imageThe third type of research source you're asked to find a website from a US government agency, or from a college or university.

Government agencies and colleges/universities regularly publish reports, research studies, data sets, and other sources of information.  

To do:

  1. Go to
  2. Select an example search from below or try your own search.
  3. Choose a source which you might use in your field report.
  4. Do your best to record citation information including the website:
    • Author
    • Title
    • Date 
    • URL

(For reference, here is an APA citation guide from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.)

Example searches:

  • "transmission lines"  AND      wildlife   
  • "transmission lines"  AND      environment


  • "transmission lines"  AND    "sage grouse"       
  • "transmission lines"  AND    "sage grouse"      AND
  • "transmission lines"  AND    "sage grouse"      AND


  • "transmission lines"  AND  "ponderosa pine"   AND
  • "transmission lines"  AND  "ponderosa pine"   AND


  • "transmission lines"  AND             elk               
  • "transmission lines"  AND             elk               AND
  • "transmission lines"  AND             elk               AND

Note about restricted domains:

The .gov domain is restricted to use only by US government entities. They may be at the local, state, or national level.

The .edu restricted to use only by colleges and universities. They may be from any country.

There are some rare exceptions to the restrictions above. If you find a questionable website, consult with your instructor or a librarian.