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Water Use Disputes

Assignment Guide | Economics 1301 | Professor Nora Diaz

"If you run out of water, you run out of life." A Uzbekis saying, Mikhail Gorbachev, qtd. in Water; The Drop of LIfe

United Nations photoThe best library assignments are ones that use a variety of resources including books, newspaper and journal articles, internet sites, and even videos or audiocassettes. We encourage you to use all of these sources for this paper. Books should provide some of the best information for an economic topic. You may apply for a library card and request materials online. We hope you will take full advantage of the many resources our libraries offer.

Please contact or Professor Diaz with any questions you may have during your research. 


Find five articles on water usage conflicts. Then write a one page reaction to what you have read. The topics for the articles could focus on the tension between urban water demands and agricultural water use; environmentalist versus agriculture; Texas water demands versus Mexican water use and the resulting Mexican water debt that has been accumulating; the recent reapportion of the waters rights of the Colorado River; the depletion of the Ogallala aquifer; articles on the "Big Ditch" a plan to divert part of the Mississippi River across Oklahoma to deliver water to water short North Texas; discussions to erase some notable dams and restore the native habitat ( Rio Grande.) and  the return to native landscaping in urban environments to deal with water deficits. I will be looking for fairly long articles probably out of newspapers or journals that deal with hydrology




librarian.jpg (4337 bytes) Librarian Talk . . . About  Books

Apply online for a library card.   Use your card to 1) Place a Hold on a book  2) Access databases from home. The catalog is online at

Online books are available at NetLibrary.. You will need your bar code for login to create an account. Some keywords to use might be water use; water supply; water resources; water pollution.

These books can be useful for ideas and interesting quotes and facts.

TD345.S82 200  Water, the drop of life / by Peter Swanson .Citing specific examples of how various countries and cities have dealt with water use and scarcity, this book is full of interesting quotations and a good source for statistics and interesting facts.
NetLibrary 1999 The private sector in water [computer file] : competition and regulation /by the World Bank Group. This book considers how business may be an excellent partner with government in helping to deliver basic water services.

TD348.W38 1994 Water: opposing viewpoints/ Ed. Carol Wekesser "Presents opposing viewpoints on issues relating to water, including managing the water supply, acid rain, and government regulations." Opposing Viewpoints Online. Try the keywords "water use."



librarian.jpg (4337 bytes) Librarian Talk . . . About Finding Articles

Electronic databases are purchased by the libraries for your research use. To find articles in newspapers and journals, letters, reference books, illustrations, photographs and more, use your updated library card to login to the following databases. If you find an interesting article that is not full-text, please give the correct bibliographic information to our and they will see that you get the article. They will need full bibliographic information - and your name and address. Send your phone number as well, so they can contact you if they need to. HINT: For a full list of article databases, go to and use your library card to access these full-text databases from home. Suggested keywords: WATER CONSERVATION; WATER PLAN; WATER SUPPLY; WATER USE; WATER DISPUTES; WATER SHARING. Add more specific keywords if searching a specific problem. For example,  Tension between agriculture water use and urban demands: WATER RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, URBAN, TENSION

Academic Search Premier | Collection of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Many scholarly.

Academic Universe | From  Lexis Nexis, try this extensive database of newspapers and journals. | Search the newswire for water dispute in the title.

Opposing Viewpoints | Find articles and essays on your topic. Keywords: water use.

PA Research II/ProQuest | Collection of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Many scholarly. This includes such newspapers as the Houston Chronicle and the New York Times. Search for the Aug. 12, 2002 issue of U. S. News & World Report for an in-depth article.

CQ Researcher | "Global Water Shortages" 15 Dec. 1995 |This issue has an excellent chronology of water disputes over the past many decades. May be useful to compare current problems with the past.

Water Resources | A searchable full-text journal from Texas A&M.



librarian.jpg (4337 bytes) Librarian Talk . . . About the Internet

The Internet will be a wonderful source of original documents. Browse the sites we have suggest below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites. Look at:

  1. Accuracy
  2. Source - Look at the domain.  .edu   .gov   .org  .net are valid research sources.
  3. Authority - What are the author's credentials?  (Don't quote from another college freshman's paper.)
  4. Coverage - Does the page have the information you need for your research?
  5. Objectivity - If a work is biased, use it - just make sure your professor knows YOU know. And offer both sides of issues, where applicable.

UNACCEPTABLE SOURCE SAMPLE - This appears to be part of a book, but there is nothing we can see that tells you title, author, dates, publisher or any of the other needed information. 

Suggested Web Sites or try  Ask Jeeves

Water Conflict Chronology  |  The World's Water | Information on the world's freshwater resources..

Water Resources of the United States |  The U. S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, provides "the hydrologic information and understanding needed by others to achieve the best use and management of the Nation's water resources." Useful for statistics and facts.

Water and Conflict |"A web site on the role of water in conflict and co-operation | Main focus on the Israeli-Palestinian water conflict and the Jordan river basin "

International Year of Freshwater 2003  |   From the United Nations: "The aim of the Year is to raise awareness of the importance of protecting and managing freshwater. The UN General Assembly resolution proclaiming the Year was initiated by the Government of Tajikistan and supported by 148 other countries."


Citing Sources Using the Library MLA Style Guide | Kingwood College library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.

Misuse of Sources | Harvard University excellent brief essay on how to avoid plagiarism. Excellent list of 'how to' and 'how to avoid'.

Online Tutoring | Kingwood College faculty offer free tutoring via email.  They will email or call with answers to your questions.

The Learning Center   |   Formerly the ASC, check our Learning Center hours for in-house tutoring.

Attach your paper to and email to , Assistant Dean. Dr. Terry or one of the writing tutors will read through your paper and make brief comments on your paper and return it to you.

REMEMBER, the expert on this paper is your Professor Diaz.

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