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STSS 496x – Sustainability Problems

Posted: Feb 2, 2010


Reference Librarians are here to help you with your research. You can find contact information for a specialist in your field by going to
the Research Assistance and Consulting page.

Reference help is also available by phone, email, or in person at the reference desk.

Peer Reviewed Journals

Peer reviewed academic journals are usually the most important source of information for a research paper.

The Flow of Scientific Information

A Comparison of Different Types of Periodicals

Finding Journal Articles in the Library

Research Databases allows you to search for a specific article by subject, author, keyword, etc. there is no guarantee that our library will have the specific article in our collection.

The Libraries' Catalog and the Ejournal List allows you to find out whether our library has print or electronic access to a particular journal. It is important to pay attention to the specific holdings that we have for a particular title. If our holdings for a specific journal only goes back as far as 1996 and you need an article from 1995, you will not be able to find the article you need in our library.

Some databases are full-text. These databases not only help you find articles, but they also link directly to the the full text of the article, either as an HTML or a PDF document.

Some databases are abstract databases. These databases only give you the information for finding the article yourself, as well as a brief description (abstract) of what the article contains. When you find an article in an abstract database you will need to find if the journal containing the article is part of our collection by looking in the catalog or the ejournal list.

SFX is a new service that we have just implemented that greatly streamlines this process. When you do a search in a database, if the full text is not available from the that database, clicking on the SFX button SFX Button will automatically search in our catalog for you, and either connect you to the electronic version of the journal, show holdings in our print collection, or help you to find the article through Interlibrary Loan.

Article Databases

Environmental Science and Ecology Article Databases

Proquest Research Library
Contains the abstracts of articles from more than 1,800 general and academic journals covering a wide range of subjects, and includes the full text of many articles.

Academic Search Premier
Information from a wide range of academic areas including business, social sciences, humanities, general academic, general science, education and multicultural. Provides full text for nearly 4,700 publications, with many dating back to 1990 and abstracts and indexing for over 8,000 scholarly journals, some dating as far back as 1965.

Emerald Fulltext Library
Over 130 titles including: strategy; leadership; library and information management; marketing and human resource management; plus a substantial number of engineering, applied science and technology titles.

Business Source Premier
Provides full text for over 2,710 scholarly business journals covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and much more. This database is updated on a daily basis.

CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. CIAO is also widely-recognized source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features like the analysis of a bin Laden recruitment tape with video. All sections of CIAO are updated monthly.

Web of Science
Includes all three ISI citation products: Science Citation Index Expanded®, Social Sciences Citation Index®, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index®. Coverage is 1945 to present, with weekly updates, for over 8,000 core research journals and selective coverage for thousands of additional titles. Citation databases treat the references of an article as index terms, allowing them to be searched as data elements.

Alternative Press Index
Highly recommended comprehensive guide to alternative sources of information. Coverage is international and interdisciplinary. Provides in-depth coverage in the humanities and social sciences. Indexes nearly 300 alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

ABI/Inform Global
Provides U.S. and international information from 1000 business periodicals for information on advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, finance, taxation, computers, technology and more.

Google Scholar
How to set up full text links in Google Scholar

Government Information

The official web site for the U.S. Congress. Thomas provides access to the Congressional Record, Congressional Record Index, congressional reports, congressional directories, committee information, session calendars, public laws, roll call votes, bill status and more.

Rensselaer Libraries' "Finding U.S. Government Information Online"
nformation on accessing local, state, and federal government information.

STSS 2400 Law Values and Public Policy
A website created to support STSS 2400 that includes links to many governmental and legislative research tools.

United Nations Common Database
Provides selected series from 30 specialized international data sources for all available countries and areas.

BEA Regional Economic Accounts
This program produces detailed data on economic activity by region, State, metropolitan area, and county. Estimates of personal income by State are released each quarter. Estimates of personal income by county and metropolitan area are prepared annually. BEA also prepares annual estimates of gross State product by industry.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (Department of Labor)
Principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. Offers a wide range of statistics on labor, the economy, and related topics. Data links are provided under categories on the home page.

CenStats Databases
Provides a convenient, easy, point-and-click access to several popular Census Bureau databases.

Media Coverage

: Examples of publications that present a picture of how new technologies are treated in the media include the New York Times (newspaper), and Scientific American, New Scientist, and Science Digest (magazines).

To research your topic in the New York Times:

Reference Tools

The Online Reference Tools contains subject guides that may help you in gathering many types of data, including Patent Information, Finding U.S.Government Information Online, Standards, Specifications & Codes, and Statistics.

Help With Writing Research Papers

The Center for Communication Practices (the former Writing Center)

Writing Guides

Style Guides

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