Public Policy Research: Developing a Profile of a Place and Understanding an Issue

Swine Waste in North Carolina: Background and Issues

A Pathfinder for English 3895
Fall 2004

Getting Started

Use the online catalog to identify sources that shed light on the issue.

Subject keyword searches might includeswine north Carolina, which locates the following titles, among others:

McMillan, MaryBe. "'Your Freedom Ends Where My Nose Begins': Conflicting Views of Large-Scale Hog Farms in Eastern North Carolina." Ph.D. thesis, North Carolina State University, 2000.
NoCar HD 9435.U63 N86 2000a

Thompson, Michael D. "High on the Hog: Swine as Culture and Commodity in Eastern North Carolina." Ph.D. thesis, Universityof Miami, 2000.
NoCar SF397.83.N8 T46 2000a.

Water Quality and the North Carolina Swine Industry: A Report from the Swine Odor Task Force. [Raleigh: North Carolina Agricultural Research Service], 1995.
NoCar TD899.M4 N68 1995.

Additional subject keyword searches might include the following:

Agriculture North Carolina History(locates book that deal with the state's agricultural heritage)

Barbecue North Carolina (locates books reflecting the state's love of pork barbecue)

Livestock North Carolina (locates a book on the history of livestock in the state)

Duplin County (locates books and government reports dealing with the history, economy, and other aspects of one of the state's leading pork producers)

Folklore North Carolina (locates the North Carolina Folklore Journal, which has an index that can be used to locate articles on traditional hog killings)

To learn more about the history, culture and economy of eastern North Carolina, a subject alphabetical search is appropriate:

North Carolina--History(locates general histories of the state, which include discussions of the importance of pork as food and commodity)

North Carolina--Description and travel

North Carolina--Economic conditions, which locates such titles as:
North Carolina Rural Profile: Economic and Social Trends Affecting Rural North Carolina. Raleigh: North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, 2004.
NoCar HN79.N8 N67 2004

Quick facts about individual counties can be found in:

North Carolina Natural Resources:from the Mountains to the Sea[Raleigh]: North Carolina
Association of 4-H Agents, 1993.NoCar Ref HC 107 N83 A5 1993

Tetterton, Beverly and Glenn Tetterton. The North Carolina County Fact Book.2 vols.Wendell, N.C.:
Broadfoot's, 1998. NoCar Ref HA 552 T4 1998

Find Additional Sources Using Bibliographies

Jones, H. G., comp. North Carolina History: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995.
NoCar RefF254 J66 1995.

Contains references to books, documents, journal articles, theses, and other sources organized topically within broad periods. Includes sources for studying agricultural and local history.

Check the online catalog to see what titles our library has.Interlibrary loan is available to obtain materials we do not have.

Build on Your Research Using Periodicals and Newspapers

Find journal and magazine articles in the North Carolina Periodicals Index using such searches as
swine and lagoons, Duplin County, etc.

All periodicals are located in the North Carolina Collection stacks.

Find newspaper articles using the North Carolina Collection's Clipping File using similar search strings. All articles are available by asking at the collection's Service Desk.

Search for newspaper articles online through these sources: North Carolina Newsbank (provides full-text access to several major newspapers)

Online papers available through the North Carolina Press Association Web site

Locate Authoritative Web sites using the North Carolina Collection's North Carolina Websites page

Many government sites provide information about agriculture and the environment.

Find Statistical Information (Population, Economic Data, etc.) Using Authoritative Government Tools

Generate customized reports using LINC (Log Into North Carolina)

Use the State Library's North Carolina Demographic and Statistical Data on the Web

Statistics for earlier years not included in online tools can be found in printed sources;
search the online catalog using a subject keyword search: agriculture North Carolina statistics

Above all, ask for assistance at the North Carolina Collection Service Desk.

Hour sare: M-Th, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; F, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1-10 p.m.

To arrange an individual consultation, contact John Lawrence at 328-4088; or

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