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Research Guide

Sustainable Campuses

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Start Your Research with Library Databases!

Library databases provide access to thousands of articles and ebooks you'll need for your research. Library databases can be accessed off campus by entering your SURF ID and password. For a complete list view our Databases by Subject listing.
   

GREENR focuses on the academic study of sustainability and the environment. A one-stop site, this resource provides news, background information, video, unique commentaries, primary source documents and statistics, covering energy systems, healthcare, food, climate change, population and economic development Global Issues in Context focuses on broad issues, such as war, genocide, terrorism, human rights, poverty, famine, globalization, world trade, nuclear proliferation, and global warming, as well as more specific events and topics in the news that are related to these broader issues. Gale Virtual Reference Library provides background information, including facts, dates, biographies, and statistics on thousands of topics in law, politics, health, social issues, culture and much more.

Articles & Journals

Periodicals are important sources of information in your research. Library databases include articles from magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. Need more information on popular and scholarly periodicals? Check out the link Is it a Magazine or a Journal? For a list of all periodical databases, consult the Databases by Subject page.
     

JSTOR provides full-text access to articles from over 1400 scholarly journals in a diverse array of arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines.  Ebscohost provides access to several periodical databases. Academic Search Premier contains  full text articles from mostly academic/scholarly journals. Masterfile Premier provides more general and popular periodicals. Full-text articles from the Core National Newspapers (New York Times,Los Angeles TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostChristian Science Monitor) and the archive of New York Times-Historical (1851-2010).

Books & eBooks

The MiraCosta College Library owns copies of over 200,000 books and ebooks! To locate books in print and ebooks, use the Library Catalog . If you wish to access the ebooks from off-campus, you will need to enter your SURF ID and password. Try the Databases by Subject list for additional reference, periodical, and ebook databases.
         

Try Library Reference & eBooks Databases

Reference & eBook databases provide background information and in-depth research on many research topics.  Popular databases include: Gale Virtual Reference Library; Oxford Reference Online; EBSCO eBooks; Britannica Online, and Springer eBooks.
       
 

Multimedia Sources

The MiraCosta College subscribes to several streaming video databases containing documentaries and educational videos. If accessing streaming databases from off-campus, you will be prompted for your SURF ID and password.
Films On Demand provides streaming educational videos on subject areas including Archival Films & Newsreels, Social Sciences, Business, Science, Health & Medicine and more. Academic Video Online (VAST) is a multidisciplinary collection of streaming video with approximately 17,000 full-length videos in 22 disciplines.  Intelecom is a searchable video clip database covering a wide variety of disciplines. Topic-specific clips average 3 to 5 minutes in length and are closed-captioned.
     

 


Web Resources

AASHE : Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization that empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.

National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology

National Wildlife Federation has a 20-year history of working with colleges and universities through its Campus Ecology program to improve their overall green educational programming and onsite sustainability. Its student outreach programs, campus consulting, climate action competition, and educational events and resources reach about 1,000 campuses each year.

U.S. Green Building Council : The Center for Green Schools

A part of the US Green Building Council, the Center's purpose is to elevate dialogue, accelerate policy and institute change and innovation toward green schools and campuses for everyone.

SDSU Center for Regional Sustainability

The Center for Regional Sustainability’s primary mission is to advance sustainability through regional collaborations in higher education, research, stewardship, and outreach to ensure that generations of students will gain the skills and abilities that will allow our region to grow, prosper, and sustain itself in the long term.