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GEG 3780: Land Use Planning (Dr. Smith)

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National Monument Assignment
Land Use Planning, Dr. Betty Smith (PDF)

National Monument assignment

This guide will provide you with links to appropriate research resources for the assignment and short tutorial videos on how to search the resources.
Your National Monument Assignment requires you to write a report that is a between 3 and 4 pages at minimum (writing more is just fine!), and a Powerpoint presentation with a minimum of 10 slides. The report and the presentation are worth 5% of your grade each.
Choosing a monument: Visit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) [] and choose a monument to research.Suggested topics and format for your paper
A. Introduction- explain the objective of writing this report

B. First discuss the relevant geography, history and law.
1  Where is the monument located?
2  Why was this site selected? Give a little history of the monument selection process.
3  What legal issues were involved and what legislation enacted for the monument?

C. Then, in your analysis, you should try to answer the following questions:
1  How do environmentalists view this monument and what are their arguments?
2  How do property owners / developers view this monument and what are their arguments?
3  As a public land use planner, what are the historical or socioeconomic factors?
4  As a public land use planner, what physical environmental issues are important here?
5  Discuss some possible compromise solutions for multiple users.

D. Conclusions

E. References cited

F. Appendix 1: Map

G. Appendix 2: Table and/or graph


  • In your research you should consult a minimum of 3 scholarly articles and 2 newspaper articles.
         Use Ebsco databases  or JSTOR for scholarly articles, use Lexis Nexis for newspaper articles
  • You may also use Internet resources and books and magazines.
         Internet resources will be free credible sites you find via search engines. Books can be found by searching the Booth Library Catalog, (see search box below). Magazine articles can be found using the Ebsco databases.  
  • You may want to look up and read “The Big Open” in National Geographic magazine (Aug 2001, Vol. 200 Issue 2, p2.) for an overview of BLM lands. 
         The link above provides the article text only. For the 20 color photographs included, see the print copy of National Geographic in the periodical bound volumes, 1000 level, call number G1.N27.
  • You may want to explore the government BLM website.


The paper is to be typed, double spaced and properly cited for all ideas which have been gathered from the documents you have researched. If a source was not cited in your paper, it should not be included in the "references cited" section.

Illinois Environmental Planning
Land Use Planning, Dr. Betty Smith (PDF)




Please choose a chapter from the Environmental Planning book in which you are interested and that you will use as a basis from which to study the topic as applied to the state of Illinois. See suggested themes for inquiry in your paper on the list of chapters and questions sheet.

Each student is to write a paper containing 5-to-7 pages of double-spaced text plus a References Cited page. The paper must include 1) a MAP and 2) a TABLE or GRAPH.

Remember to cite REFERENCES within the text of your paper using (AUTHOR-YEAR: page) format (Smith 2010:34) and at the end under REFERENCES. GO TO The style you'll see first is the Notes-Bibliography style and style for Footnotes. Do not use this style! Click on the AUTHOR-DATE tab for samples of the format you should use.

Your References cited section MUST include at least 3 scholarly articles (a scholarly journal article has an abstract at beginning) and 2 newspaper articles. In addition to these required sources, you may also use books, magazines, and Internet sites.

Use Ebsco databases  or JSTOR for scholarly articles.

Use Lexis Nexis for newspaper articles.

Internet resources will be free credible sites you find via search engines. Books can be found by searching the Booth Library Catalog, and magazine articles can be found using the Ebsco databases.

Please remember to use section HEADINGS (Intro, two or three sections, conclusion).

Introduction: This tells me what to expect in your paper.

Body of the text: Include headings, proper paragraphs, maps, and tables, figures, or other graphics. References (citations within text of your paper) to material borrowed from other authors, even if such material is not quoted directly.

Conclusion: Summarize your findings, ask pertinent questions related to the topic, discuss potential solutions and problems, and suggest new directions or approaches to the problem or problems.

References: Include a full list of consulted material.
Your paper should be type-written and thoroughly proofread, spell-checked, and corrected for proper content, style, grammar and organization.

Notes to remember:

  • Are concepts, ideas, and thoughts obtained from sources properly cited?
  • Are sources cited in a consistent manner throughout the paper?
  • Is the format of the references section consistent?
  • Do sources in references match those cited in the text of the paper?
  • Are you certain you have not plagiarized written material?
  • Length: Is the paper the proper length (5 to 7 pages of text)?
  • Is the paper properly spaced (1.5 to 2 spacing)
  • Is it printed in proper font (12 font Times Roman or Arial)?



Prepare a power point that summarizes and illustrates the chapter content using photos and diagrams and graphs and maps to highlight the text material. Be sure to include an example of the use of GIS for this topic, if possible for the state of Illinois, otherwise elsewhere in the USA. Also include the highlights of what you learned about the state of Illinois.

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You can always get help from the reference librarians:

The Reference desk is on north end of the the main level of Booth Library
Subject Specialist
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Steve Brantley
Head of Reference Services
Office: 217 581-6072

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Kirstin Duffin
Science Librarian
Office: 217 581-7550

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Sarah Johnson
Head of Collection Management
Office: 217 581-7551

Reference Desk: 217-581-6072
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Find newspaper articles

Finding newspaper articles using Lexis-Nexis.
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Finding articles with Ebsco

This video will help you find scholarly articles using the Ebsco databases.

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Find articles in JSTOR

Finding articles in JSTOR

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