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Sustainability: Getting Started

Library resources related to sustainability

Sustainability Research

Sustainability is a broad topic that spans many different disciplines and subject areas.  This guide uses the UN Sustainable Development Goals (pictured below) to define the scope of sustainability. 

Because sustainability covers so many different ideas, you'll want to think about which disciplines and subjects you want to focus on for your topic. 


How this guide is organized:

We've organized resources into the following broad categories:

Each section provides links to reference resources, databases, and other research guides to get your started.


 We encourage you to contact a Subject Librarian (see box below) to help you find the best resources for your research.  

Selected Library sources on Sustainability

Background information

Use the mind map below to explore some of the concepts related to Sustainability.  Click "View in Credo" to find background articles, videos, definitions, and more about those concepts.


Finding articles

Since Sustainability topics are multidisciplinary, the following databases are also broad in their coverage of issues and subjects. For more specific recommendations, go to the tab on this guide that best matches your topic.

CLICsearch: Find library resources with a single search box

CLICsearch is the library catalog of six private colleges and universities in the Twin Cities, including Saint Thomas. Books from other campuses can be requested online and delivered to the St. Thomas library of your choice.  

Learn more about using CLICsearch.

Ask a Librarian

Chat with us during library reference hours using the widget in the lower right corner of this page, or use our Ask a Librarian page to contact us.

Work with a librarian

Ann Zawistoski is the subject librarian for Sustainability


Find a subject librarian

Since Sustainability is such an interdisciplinary topic, you may find it very useful to meet with a subject librarian who specialize in the field of research that you are interested in.

Choose a subject from the list below to find the librarian who specializes in that subject.  All of us are happy to meet with you about your topic


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