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Sustainability Resources: Home

Resources for use in ES 3301 - Environmental Science Seminar, ES 3303A - Sustainability, and other courses.

Getting Started

checkIt's important to have a good broad understanding of your topic before you start looking for specific information. The sources in the boxes below can give you an overview of your subject and help you refine your research strategy and find useful terms to use in searches.

Doing research in any field will always reveal unexpected complexities and facets of the topic at hand. Environmental issues are particularly complex and interdisciplinary. Get a head start on the complications that will come up by using the library resources in this guide.

Activity - Searching as Strategic Exploration

Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops.

Sustainability Degrees & Jobs

Here are some sources on jobs and degrees related to sustainability, as well as ideas for activism:

Discover: Find articles, books, and more...

Discover at the Blume Library log

Use Discover to search almost everything.

Advanced Search | What is Discover?

Search the Gale Virtual Reference Library

Find encyclopedia entries and more in the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).

More starting points

Government agencies and other organizations also have good basic topic pages that can help form a strong foundation for your research. Here are some of them:


This guide was originally developed by retired librarian Kathy Amen.

Guides & compilations

The Blume Library website offers research guides and compilations of resources like databases that can save your research time. Here are some selected resources:

Database Compilations:

New Science Books

booksHere's a listing of recent science acquisitions in the Blume Library: