This guide is meant to be a starting point for undergraduate students interested in any aspect of sustainability studies.

Search Summon to easily find peer-reviewed journal articles on any topic.  Remember to refine your search by selecting the following options: Scholarly & Peer-Review, Journal Article and Discipline to obtain high quality, academic literature --> see diagram below

You can also limit your search to many other sources in Summon, such as books/e-books, newspapers, magazines, trade publications, videos, dissertations or conference proceedings. While many sources are published in different formats and written for specific audiences, they do not have solid authority as with the scholarly, peer reviewed literature.

Try searching  subject-specific databases which offer many advanced search features and only contain scholarly literature. Your search results will be fewer but more precise.

Subject-Specific databases for sustanability studies:

Note: If the library does not have what you need, you can order books and journal articles from other libraries through RACER but you need to register before you can start using it.

Select journals for Sustainability Studies:

Summon Search Example

Refine a search in Summon using filters

Social Scientists most often use APA citation style. Link to APA Citation Style web guide for basic instructions.

Referencing your sources is an important part of academic writing. Why?

  • it lets you acknowledge the ideas or words of others if you use them in your work
  • it helps you to avoid plagiarism
  • it demonstrates that you are using the scholarly record and that you can provide authority for statements you make in your term paper
  • it enables readers to find the source information

Writing Guides:

  • Writing an annotated bibliography: link to the Youtube video or web page for instructions.
  • Writing Services - located on the 4th floor of the library: offers students help with learning the mechanics of academic writing
Content last updated: November 6, 2018