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Topic Guides - Math and Science

This how-to guide helps students and parents navigate resources connected to Math and Science topics.

Search Terms

Specific key words or phrases are necessary to find information in databases or the library catalog. We recommend: 

  • Climate change
  • Climatology
  • Ecosystems
  • Environmentalism
  • Global Warming
  • Greenhouse effect
  • Greenhouse gas
  • Natural resources management

Search Strategies

  • You can use these search terms to find books in the library catalog and eBooks or eAudiobooks in the eLibrary.
  • To narrow your search, type two terms into a search bar in this format: "Term 1" AND "Term 2". This search will only provide resources that include both terms. Combine any two search terms from the box into a database search bar to see what you find. 
  • Find more database search tips on the Debate Issues & Paper Topics guide, in the Database Search Tops box. 

Standards and Knowledge Building

This guide is connected to the following Colorado Academic Standards 

  • Human activities affect global warming. Decisions to reduce the impact of global warming depend on understanding climate science, engineering capabilities, and social dynamics.
  • Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for different resources, many of which are limited or not.

This guide will support students by building further knowledge in: 

  • Different library resources – what they are and how they are useful for understanding environmental impacts of human activities on climate change.
  • How to effectively find information in these sources using search terms.


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Welcome to the Climate Change Topic Guide!


Databases are subject-specific search engines that provide access to journal articles and other reliable resources. The following PPLD databases are recommended for students studying climate change:

Reference Materials

Reference materials are things like encyclopedias and handbooks that provide quick facts and summaries of different subjects. The following books in the PPLD catalog support the study of climate change:

Explore (multimedia and recommended websites)

You can use trusted, online sources to find information. For more information on reliable, online sources, please visit PPLD’s Debate Issues & Paper Topics guide. PPLD recommends:

Use these multimedia sources to watch or listen to information on climate change.