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Social | Environmental | Economic
Who is talking about your technology -or even a component of the technology- in the context of whether or not it is sustainable? Since talking about sustainability in an official way is a relatively new academic conversation, there's a lot to find in and outside of scholarly resources. Today we'll cover how to go about searching for conversations about your technology in this context.
RESOURCES FROM THE LIBRARY
Not the biggest database -but on topic for today's class. Until the body of literature grows over the years, we will have to supplement this environmental/sustainability database with other resources today -HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
It is hard to describe Sociology in a short space, but to oversimplify -it is about people. Look for your technology (in whole or in parts) in this database and you might find the elusive "social sustainability" piece of the puzzle (with attitudes, opinions and lots of feelings).
Business Source Premier
A major angle in sustainability is Economic -and this database is filled with people interested in your technology. Some want to invest, some want to wait to see what develops -and much is written about both. Again, try "sustainable, sustainability" as keywords, but also refer to "development", "efficiency", "outlook" and other synonyms.
What are the specific properties of specific materials being sold on the market today that may complement or make up a major part of your technology
Engineering Databases (search: "your tech" AND environmental (or economic, or social)
You'll have to be creative with your keywords and searches -the keyword "sustainability" doesn't pop up all the time. Some synonyms to try are: efficiency, social responsibility, eco-friendly, profitable, etc.
The Library Catalog: USearch
Look for e-books on sustainability, your technology, the industry your technology comes from -and in the case of e-books you can search the entire book's full text or seek out chapters related to sustainability in the table of contents. (sample)
KEYWORDS THAT WORKED!
green (or "green technology")
"on the horizon"
environmental ("environmentally friendly", "environmental protection")
LIBRARY CLASS #3 OBJECTIVES
1. Students will learn how scholarship is a conversation and how to make intellectual connections among disciplines, experiences & perspectives
2. Students will learn how to create a mind map (aka concept map) using sustainability resources
3. Students will learn about boolean operators search strategies