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  • Genevieve [dot] Gore [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-3472
  • Julie [dot] Jones [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-5727
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  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

Sources for background information

Searching the library catalogue

Use the basic word(s) anywhere or advanced keyword search in the library catalogue. You can search using terms like - sustainability, sustainab?, "life cycle costing", etc.

Search tips

Truncation symbol: ? e.g. sustainab? will retrieve catalogue records containing the words sustainability OR sustainable
Phrase searching: "___" e.g. "Environmental Protection Agency" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase Environmental Protection Agency
Boolean operators: (), AND, OR, NOT
default: AND
e.g. recycling AND (Canada OR "United States") will retrieve catalogue records containing the word recycling AND either Canada OR the phrase United States

Library Catalogue subject headings of interest (click and retrieve books and films on these topics)

Article databases


  • GreenFILE 
    Focuses on human impact on the environment. Topics covered include green issues, global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
    Devoted to the study of sustainability and the environment and provides access to academic articles, news articles, background information, video, primary source documents and statistics.
  • PAIS International 
    Covers global public policy, social issues, demography, environmental studies, general social sciences.
  • ProQuest Environmental Science Collection


  • ABI/Inform Global
    General management and business database covering many sustainability issues.
  • CBCA Complete 
    Covers Canadian business and current affairs; includes some newspaper sources.
  • Google Scholar
    Searches scholarly literature across disciplines and sources.
  • Scopus
    Multidisciplinary database with excellent coverage of the sciences.
  • Web of Science
    Multidisciplinary database.

Government websites

Newspaper articles

  • Canadian Newsstand  (ProQuest)
    A searchable full-text database of major Canadian daily newspapers. Major titles include Calgary Herald (1988-), Edmonton Journal (1989-), Halifax Daily News (1990-), Montreal Gazette (1985-), National Post (1998-), Ottawa Citizen (1985-), Toronto Star (1985-), Vancouver Sun (1987-).
  • Factiva 
    Canadian and international news sources. Search by date, newspaper, author, keyword, subject.
  • Lexis-Nexis 
    Local and international news and legal sources.
  • PressDisplay 
    Browse recent newspapers from around the world as if you were browsing their print counterparts.

Other resources

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