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SSM 384: Research Resources

Journal Evaluation Tools

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Liaison to STEM and Business Programs

Recommended Library Databases and Collections

Sustainability is an interdisciplinary topic, which means you can find useful ideas, research articles, background information, and data in a variety of places. 

Background information:
It's important to develop a basic idea of what's going on in your field. This includes knowing the vocabulary and academic points of disagreement between scholars. To get this information, you might try reading encyclopedia articles, academic blogs, and current publications. Here are a few examples of library resources that may help you get to know your topic:  

Sustainable Science-specific databases and collections. The library subscribes to a handful of good databases covering agriculture, natural resources, and sustainability subjects:

  • EBSCO's Earth & Environment Database Collection
    Includes the GreenFILE database that primarily covers topics on the human impact to the environment. 
    1970-present. U.S. Department of Agriculture. This database includes records for items added to the National Agriculture Library Collection. it is strong on USDA publications and also includes journal articles and book chapters. 
  • Science Direct
    Science, social science, and humanities research journal articles. Includes tools to analyze article impact and influence. 
    Authoritative online source for reliable content on sustainable design strategies, green building materials, and analysis of high-performance buildings. On-campus use only.

For business research, consult:

For Hawai'i and "local" research, your best bests are:

Open access journals and research:
Open scholarly journals that are freely available to anyone online. You can find a listing of these journals in the Directory of Open Access at Here are a few related to sustainability topics:

Finding statistics and data

To find market research data, consult:

  • Statista​
    data from businesses, government departments, or market research associations. Geographic coverage is worldwide, with particular emphasis on the United States, China, and European Union countries. Use the infographics features to communicate your topic visually. 

To find country data on energy, food, environment, and other sustainability topics, consult these international sources:

  • UNdata includes statistics, estimates, and projections on development, education, energy, environment, food and agriculture, gender, health, human development, and more.
  • The WorldBank provides data, charts, and maps on a variety of topics, including development, the environment, energy, health, poverty, and more.