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Water Resources and Water Rights in Arizona


Research Question: How should Arizona’s diminishing water resources be conserved? 

This topic will explore the different arguments for the best strategies for conserving Arizona water resources.  Should water be used for Arizona’s growing population, especially in the Phoenix and Tucson area, or should farming and ranching interests continue to maintain long established water rights?  You will be required to read and analyze many different types of information sources, including articles found in popular websites and scholarly sources.

Step 1: Locate and read two background articles 

Find the following encyclopedia article by following the path provided:

"Water Resources." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. David L. Sills. Vol. 16. New York: Macmillan, 1968. 477-484. Gale Virtual Reference Library.

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Under Find Databases by TITLE, select G > Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • In the search box next to Keyword, type “water resources” and then click Search
  • On the search results page, click on the second title “Water Resources” from the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.
  • Read the article up to the section, “Disposal

Access the following CQ Researcher article by following the path provided:

Katel, Peter. "Water Crisis in the West." CQ Researcher 9 Dec. 2011: 1025-48.

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Find Databases by TITLE > C
  • Scroll down the page and click the link CQ Researcher Plus Archive
  • In the search box, type "water rights" and then click Search.
  • Click on the title: "Water Crises in the West" (12/2011)
  • Read the article.

Step 2: Analyze Articles: 

Print the Article Analysis form. You will complete this as you read the following articles:

Access Academic Search Complete:
Go to the UA Library homepage at www.library.arizona.edu Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

  • In the keyword search box, copy & paste this article title Climate Change Threatens to Dry up the Southwest's Future and click Search.
  • Click the link PDF Full Text to read the full article.

Article 2

  • In Academic Search Complete, click Clear to begin a new search.
  • In the keyword search box copy & paste this article title: "Water Resources, Climate Change, and Urban Vulnerability” and click Search.
  • Click the link PDF Full Text to read the full article.

Step 3: Select and evaluate websites

These tutorials will help you identify a set of criteria for assessing a web source’s credibility.

Step 4: Search for more articles

Step 5: Use specialized databases and locate articles when you have a citation

Step 6: Cite your sources

Citation Guide

Last modified: September 30, 2014