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CMJ 107: Communication and the Environment: Getting Started

Welcome to the CMJ 107 Course Guide!

This guide will provide you with resources and strategies to support your case studies and journaling assignments in CMJ 107. Need help? Contact Jen Bonnet at Fogler Library!

Find Scholarly Articles on Your Topic

You can use the Fogler database menu to identify online databases where you might find research that addresses your environmental communication topic, whether environmental restoration, food sovereignty, or a topic of your choosing. Several databases that are a good place to start, based on your topics, are:

Try Subject-Specific Search Options

Try an Interdisciplinary Search Option

Locate Books for Your Research

Use the following online catalogs to find books (or videos, microforms, etc.) on your topic:

    Begin with URSUS, the University of Maine System library catalog, that also includes holdings from the Bangor Public Library, Maine State Library, Maine State Archives, and Maine State Law & Legislative Reference Library.
  • MaineCat
    If you want to broaden your search beyond the University of Maine system, you can search the Maine statewide catalog.
  • WorldCat
    Want to see what else has been written on your topic? WorldCat is a directory of books held in libraries across the country and in many parts of the world.

Find Press Coverage of Your Topic

Find Public Opinion Resources on Your Topic

Find Statistics and Infographics

For example:

Find Equipment and Support for your Multimedia Projects

Hacking Google for information


There are many ways to hack Google, in order to conduct more complex searches and focus your results. In the above example:

  • intitle: refers to any terms you want to ensure are in the title of the web page itself (in this case, that would be "climate change")
  • the quotation marks around climate change hold those words together so that Google searches for that exact phrase (rather than a search that returns the word climate or the word change)
  • ~coast tells the search that you want terms related to the word right after the tilde (~); for coast, this might include terms like coastal, coastline, waterfront, shoreline, and seaside
  • The minus sign in front of Alaska tells the search to exclude Alaska-related terms from your results 
  • tells Google that you only want results from government websites; you can also use specific sites after site:, such as or
  • The date limiter can be found in the Tools section of your Google search (the Tools section is linked directly below and to the right of the search bar)
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