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Useful eResources

Sustainability is an interdisciplinary topic, which means you can find useful research articles, background information, and data in a variety of databases. Simply scan this list for the type of information you are seeking.

For starting points on broad topics related to sustainability

  • CQ Researcher provides background information on controversial social and environmental topics.
  • Academic Search Complete covers all disciplines and includes full-text that you can narrow by peer-reviewed articles
  • To find scientific topics related to sustainability, use the Library’s Science eResources and Social Science eResources.
    • Access ScienceMcGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and Dictionary of Scientific & Technical terms
    • GreenFILE provides indexing and abstracts for articles related to "green" topics.
    • ​SocINDEX covers social science research, including sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice.

Open Access Journals

Open access journals are scholarly journals that are freely available to anyone online. You can find a listing of these journals in the Directory of Open Access at Here are a few related to sustainability topics:


Off-Campus Access

Most databases are accessible remotely from off-campus. However, only current Otterbein faculty, staff, and students have privileges to access the databases. Restrictions are due to licensing and subscription agreements with vendors and publishers.

Remote access to Library databases requires logging in with your Network ID and password.

If you are experiencing trouble connecting to a database, please contact the Reference Desk (  or Circulation 614.823.1215.