A benefit concert series' first event in 1970 that still runs today (I think!), It was
How do we know when something is sustainable? There are millions of voices citing opinion and evidence to support their arguments about sustainability and libraries can offer many different ways of getting into primary and secondary sources, but we are in that remarkable bridge era between published print things (like books) and born digital or digitized objects: which can be confusing. Don't give up, I'm here to help!
While my info is in the column on the right (Dale Larsen) -please contact me, I'm stoked to help!
Validating Keywords and Concepts with Text Mining and Background Info
Finding just the main ideas and context helps frame your own research ideas -make a point of recording jargon, technical terms, names, populations, etc.
Library Catalog (look in books -and sort by date-newest -how do they organize the topics in the table of contents?)
CQ Researcher (What is important to U.S. voters right now: Brief)
Nexis Uni (news, law, business, people)
US Newsstream (newspapers all across the U.S. -lots of local info, opinion, policy commentary)
How to Stay Current & Discipline-Specific Research
(note: these are a mix of scholarly and non-scholarly -take care)
Use these to discover articles in specific social science disciplines that work well for your topic (or aspects of the problem or solutions presented). These can contribute to your literature review, so document your searches and download good results. Note: my favorites are bigger :-)
Medline (medical practice, but also theory & research)
Good mix of disciplines (generic)
Academic Search Ultimate (big mash of everything)
Library Catalog: USearch (everything -highly recommended)
JSTOR (classic and mostly scholarly)
High Level Systematic Search Tools
(note: these are typically the high-end of academic scholarship)
Scopus AND Web of Science -Amazing/Awesome databases, all scholarly:
tip 1: select "social sciences & humanities" at the search page (unchecking the others).
tip 2: Do a search and in the results, click "cited by" as the sorting option (right-hand side). The most cited, most influential articles will now appear at the top.
Google Scholar (fun discovery too, not always complete, but a worthwhile additional place to use)
Government and Open Web search tips
Lots of governments around the world publish the things they're doing to mitigate pollution problems -these are typically backed up by evience-based reporting, although it isn't peer reviewed.
USA.gov. -has federal, but also state, city & county records dating back 20 yrs-ish
-also within this are, Dept of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, etc.
Utah.gov (is also indexed/searchable from USA.gov)
-or just about any other entity has good stuff to see (ex. India, Japan, Chile, etc.)
in google you can do what I call a contextual search -first you pick a 'context':then your keywords
air pollution:salt lake city
air pollution:mexico city
clean air:automobile industry
clean water:jordan river utah
air pollution:green wall
and so on and so on :-)
Keywords to try out:
"air pollution" OR "air quality"
"water pollution" OR "clean water"
sustainability OR conservation
assessment OR criteria OR evaluation
"living wall" OR "vertical garden" OR "green wall"
as you find one search works better than others -write it down and keep a record of where you have searched. This will help you keep track of your research, but also help you know when you're done :-)