Topic is not assigned The Assignment
• We need  to choose a topic related to the course, r environmental studies – Term paper

The Assignment
• We need  to choose a topic related to the course, research it
and write it up.
• Something on the theme of environmental history, the relationships between people and the environment, human-caused environmental change in the past, over time, or even in the present, But it is necessary to ONLY find out from the reading resources I have provided

Topic Choice
• Pretty much open, but we suggest consultation with instructor/TA to confirm suitability
• Should to go for a case study
• Not enough to just tell a story, need to interpret it, analyse it
somehow, consider what the example shows, means

Archival Research
• Still possible if you use on-line historic newspapers
• University has crippled its access to the historic Toronto Star
• It was returning way too many research results and students found this
frustrating
• Toronto Public Library gives you proper access to the real thing, with a library card

Archival Research
• Best if you have a clear topic focus, and can generate a clear set of
search terms which you can run
• For example, if you look for ice jams on the Humber River in C19th
and C20th
• Or the historic sucker fishery on the mouths of GTA creeks
• Or how the city treated street trees in the past
• Or how the automobile changed the city streets in the 1920s
Other Ways to Research
• For topics likely to make it into a Canadian newspaper since 1982:
• Canadian News and Current Affairs database via York University
Library
• City of Toronto Archives has browsable historic photos and maps
• Old Toronto Maps blog
• TPL: Toronto Historic Maps

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