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SCP 453, Living Sustainably

by Jeremy M. Brown last modified Apr 28, 2016 04:30 PM

Tarver Librarians created this guide to help you find quality information sources for your research in sustainability. You might be interested to know that:

Geoff Timms received his Bachelor of Sciences with Honors in July 1994 with a specialization in Agricultural economics from the University of London, Wye College, Wye, United Kingdom

Lee Twombly has worked extensively with the Department of Technical Communications on several sustainability assignments

You can find all of the contact information for all of the Subject Librarians here.

Now that you know some of the faces, this web guide will assist you in identifying databases, books (print and electronic), media, and useful websites as you identify sources for your capstone assignments. Also listed in the Subject Librarian box on this page are quick links of additional assistance to help you contact a Tarver Librarian with a general question or to request a one-on-one assistance with your specific questions. Good luck, and let us know how we can help!

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Useful Databases

Only a few of the library's databases are listed here.  Check the individual Subject Librarian pages to get more ideas on databases available for subjects such as, such as Business, Engineering, or Sociology.

Academic Search Complete
This multi-disciplinary full-text database includes more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.

Now provided in the familiar EBSCO interface, this database covers every major agricultural subject including agricultural engineering and marketing, animal breeding, entomology, environmental pollution, farm management, foods and feeds, pesticides, rural sociology, social sciences, veterinary medicine, and water resources. The citations consist of journal articles, book chapters, monographs, conference proceedings, serials, technical reports, and other materials on a broad range of agricultural topics.

Environment Complete
Offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. Environment Complete indexes more than 1,600 journals (nearly 600 with full text) as well as more than 100 monographs.

GreenFILE indexes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. The database contains nearly 300,000 records, full text for a few selected titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Books and eBooks

We have ordered a lot of interesting titles (books as well as media!) lately, including:

So, how do you find such interesting titles? You have at least two options:

search the library catalog to find books available in the Tarver (Macon), Swilley (Atlanta), and Regional Academic Center (Douglas County, Eastman, and Henry County) Libraries as well as electronic books. Possible searches include:

You can also search by keyword using the same terms in order to broaden your search:

The same subject headings/keywords you used for books can be used to find electronic books from ebrary Note: Your Mercer University ID (MUID) number is required for off-campus access.

In case you haven't used ebrary before, here's a screen shot:


Click on the link to "find similar" as a faster way to find other books in ebrary. Plus, a guide on using this new source is available.

Your second option to find the latest titles is to subscribe to an RSS feed that provides information by subject on our latest purchases.

Tips, Tricks, & Ideas

1. Use the Request button to request that a title available in Atlanta or one of the Regional Academic Centers be sent to you here in Macon.

2. Build on the work of others. How? Look at the bibliographies/list of resources listed in books and articles to identify other possible sources. Using the title of the journal or book, search the library catalog to determine if the Mercer Libraries have a copy. Items not available in the libraries listed above can be requested from another library.


Useful Sustainability Websites

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Link to a group of universities working on various efforts towards sustainability.

Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future - University and Campus Sustainable Websites
List of colleges and universities from around the world with campus sustainability projects, including campus assessment and a paper on saving money by going green.

Campus Technology
Article addresses how more campuses have shifted their focus to environmental and sustainability programs but have been prohibited from implementing green initiatives due to funding and staffing issues.

The College Sustainability Report Card
Profiles hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States on their sustainability efforts.

Environmental Protection Agency
Provides basic information about what sustainability is as well as current sustainability efforts being led by the EPA.

Google U.S. Government Search
Access only to government websites, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, and Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sustain Dane
This website shares ways that a local community is implementing sustainability projects and initiatives in its area.

Organization that advises clients on the risks and opportunities associated with corporate responsibility and sustainable development.

Sustainability Institute
This organization explores the causes of unsustainable behavior and helps shift society's mindset to living more sustainably.

Additional Assistance

This is a lot of information, so you may have more questions. Feel free to contact us by dropping in to see us or use one of the links in the Subject Librarian pages to contact us.  Remember, we're here for you!

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