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Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action

A research guide for the Honors in Action project completed by members of Phi Theta Kappa.


Research question: What effect does climate change have on mental health?

(Based on Honors Study Topic Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing, and Achieving Change)

  • To target government websites, add to your Google search.
  • Try the Directory of Open Access Journals for peer-reviewed articles freely available online: 
  • If RVCC does not have access to full text of a needed article, use Interlibrary Loan to get it. Ask Janelle or another librarian if you need help.
  • Search the Internet, use Wikipedia, or utilize one of the library's Research Starter databases to learn more about your topic and look for synonyms and related terms to use in your searches.
  • Other keywords to try/ideas to focus on (presented in alphabetical order, not ranked by usefulness):
"Adverse effects" "Mental disorder"
"Affective disorders" "Natural disasters"
Anxiety "Psychosocial Factors"
"Climate change prevention and control" Psychiatry 
Depression Physiology
"Disaster planning" "Public health"
"Global temperature changes" Stress
"Greenhouse effect" Suicide
"Mental illness" Vulnerability


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