Trending Topics: September 1-7, 2019


Welcome back to school! To kick off the fall semester, we’re introducing a new content series: Trending Topics. It’ll give you an idea of what topics are trending and what related sources you may want to check out and use in your next paper.

Today we’ll look at the top-cited sources on Citation Machine during the week of September 1-7, tell you what subjects we saw trending, and share a selected list of the sources cited. If you use any of the sources below in your paper, remember to avoid plagiarism by including a citation for it.

Without further ado, let’s get to the list of trending topics!

Climate Change

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines climate change as “changes in the Earth’s weather patterns.” This definition is not controversial. There is a lot of debate, however, around whether or not human activities (such as using fossil fuels) have caused the current weather patterns we see today. Patterns include seeing more wildfires and droughts, higher temperatures overall, stronger storms, and rising sea levels.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) pages on climate change are the top-cited sources on this topic. The list below also includes a book on climate change and a reference for the dictionary definition we mentioned earlier.


“The Causes of Climate Change.”, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 6 Sept. 2019,

“Climate Change.” Merriam-Webster Dictionaries, change.

“Climate Change Evidence: How Do We Know?”, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 9 July 2019,

“The Effects of Climate Change.”, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 9 July 2019,

Pittel, Karen, et al. Climate Policy and Nonrenewable Resources: the Green Paradox and Beyond. The MIT Press, 2014.

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Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm from Sunday, September 1, 2019, through Tuesday, September 3, 2019. It caused severe property damage and as well as several deaths. After hitting the Bahamas, Dorian weakened and moved up the eastern coast of North America. It affected parts of the United States (Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina) and eventually Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island).


Chappell, Bill, et al. “Bahamas Death Toll From Hurricane Dorian Rises To 20.” NPR, 4 Sept. 2019,

Finucane, Martin. “How Dorian Could Affect Mass. and New England This Week – The Boston Globe.” The Boston Globe, 3 Sept. 2019,

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Salem Witch Trials 

The Salem Witch Trials began in Salem Village (today Danvers), Massachusetts in the spring of 1692. When three young girls experienced mysterious “fits,” the villagers accused three women of bewitching them. Over the ensuing months, several men, women, and children were charged  with being witches and put on trial. These trials and several resulting violent incidents didn’t end until 1693 when hysteria and public support began to subside. By May of that year, Governor Phips pardoned everyone still in custody and ended the trials officially. 


“A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials.”, 23 Oct. 2007,

“Salem Witch Trials.”, A&E Television Networks, 4 Nov. 2011,

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