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Resources for the Ecological Restoration Case Study

Starting with the agency / organization doing the remediation

Example: EPA Superfund site at Portland Harbor

If you know who is responsible for the project you're researching, then you have an excellent starting point!  Government agencies (federal, state, and local) are generally required to provide public records of projects, and their websites are easy to find.  

A quick search in your favorite search engine (I like DuckDuckGo) will get you to the agency's project page.  That will include most of the information you need for your case study.

Additional searches you might find useful include news databases, like Ethnic NewsWatch or Alt-PressWatch, to see how local communities report on and react to the project; and  databases like Environmental Studies to find out more about methods or discoveries related to the project.


Old school government documents searching

Portion of the Government Documents collection (15004356619)

Starting with the issue and location

Example: Oregon Oak Prairie Restoration Efforts and Bluebird Populations

If you don't know who's in charge of the work, or if the work is not supported by a major agency or nonprofit, try searching Google Scholar (here's how to link Google Scholar to PCC databases).  You'll find relevant journal articles; if you scroll down to Acknowledgments (usually just above the references), you'll find the funding sources for the project -- sometimes their websites will provide more information; sometimes you'll need to work with several articles to find out all that you need to know about the project.  You may also want to search for the authors of the articles, and see what they've written about the project.  News searches may be useful as well.

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CSE (Council of Science Editors) citation style