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Enviromental Sciences and Sustainability: Databases & eResources

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, use the Library's General eResources.
    • CQ Researcher provides background information on controversial social and environmental topics.


  • To find scientific topics related to sustainability, use the Library’s Science eResources and Social Science eResources.
    • Scopus indexes articles to more than 18,000 titles in the life, health, physical, and social sciences.
    • GreenFILE provides indexing and abstracts for articles related to "green" topics.
    • SocINDEX covers social science research, including sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice.


  • For business topics related to sustainability, use the Library's Business eResources.
    • Business Source Elite provides full-text access to articles on business, managment, economics, and more.
    • EconLit covers more than 700 titles in economics.


  • To find country data on energy, food, environment, and other sustainability topics, consult these international sources.
    • UNdata includes statistics, estimates, and projections on development, education, energy, environment, food and agriculture, gender, health, human development, and more.
    • The WorldBank provides data, charts, and maps on a variety of topics, including development, the environment, energy, health, poverty, and more. 

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:

Free Databases

Full-Text Articles

Many of the eResources on this page will contain full-text articles. For those that do not, look for a link that says Find FUll Text (SFX).  Click on this link to be guided to the full-text article if available.

Off-Campus Access

Most databases are accessible remotely from off-campus. However, only current SIUE 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 e-ID and password.

If you are experiencing trouble connecting to a database, please contact the Information Desk 618.650.INFO (4636) or Circulation 618.650.2712.


Zotero allows users to:

1. Gather, store, manage, and share references or citations.

2. Generate bibliographies in numerous citation formats such as APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.

3. Store references online and have accessibility to them wherever internet access is available.


IPBES was established in 2012 by more than 100 governments, and its membership has continued to grow as IPBES' impact has increased.

Who can become a member?
All States Members of the United Nations are eligible for IPBES membership, with a large number of NGOs, organisations, conventions and civil society groupings participating in the formal IPBES process as observers.

Why become a member?
To strengthen knowledge foundations for better policy through science, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.

How to become a member?
Should your Government wish to join IPBES, all that is required is for this intention to be officially communicated to the IPBES secretariat, by way of a formal letter, issued by or on behalf of the authority that would normally issue credentials for your national delegation to participate in a session of the IPBES Plenary, in other words by your Head of State or Government or minister for foreign affairs, consistent with your national policies and law.