Sourc­ing for good ref­er­ences

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4) Read and sum­marise

Read your books. Go back to your orig­i­nal sum­mary of the Wikipedia page and start flesh­ing it out with new in­for­ma­tion from your books. Be care­ful to keep track of your sources.

5) Ask an ex­pert

If you hap­pen to know some­one or if there is a vol­canol­ogy so­ci­ety in your univer­sity, go and have a chat to see if you’ve missed some­thing vi­tal.

Oth­er­wise, you can also search for online so­ci­eties. If there’s a Face­book dis­cus­sion page or Pin­in­ter­est group, check that out too.

6) Check the news

Look through The Star online archives to see if there are any news items of in­ter­est. Then check ag­gre­gate news ser­vices like Google News. Put in all your key­words: earth­quakes, seis­mism and tec­tonic plates.

7) Check Google Scholar again

Look for new pa­pers with the lat­est find­ings by the best au­thors or the hottest sub­jects. Use this to fin­ish your pa­per.

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