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Using the SU Libraries' Classic Catalog and WorldCat to Identify Useful Resources

SU Libraries' Classic Catalog (for identifying resources of interest that are available at SU)

A pull-down menu offers search options more specific than "Keyword," including "Author," "Title," "Journal Title," "Subject" (Library of Congress Heading), and "Call Number."   Examples:

  • KNOWN AUTHOR: carson rachel
  • KNOWN TITLE: inconvenient truth
  • JOURNAL TITLE: current opinion in environmental sustainability (an on-line journal published by Elsevier Science)
  • LC SUBJECT heading (person): agassiz louis
  • LC SUBJECT heading (topic): conservationists  (Always note standardized headings that display as orange "Subjects" links in relevant Classic Catalog records; more on standardized subject headings at right.)
  • CALL NUMBER (a search whereby you can virtually browse all classified Libraries holdings, including digital resources, within a given subject area): hc79.E5 (base call number for Sustainable development, Environmental economics, Environmental policy, etc.); hd9502.a2 (base call number for Power resources, Energy industries

WorldCat (for identifying resources of interest beyond those immediately accessible at SU)  

This database, known as a union catalog, can be used to identify resources available at institutions other than the SU Libraries. WorldCat contains records for millions of books and other items held and cataloged by OCLC consortium member libraries, offering bibliographic and holdings information on materials of all vintages, in all formats (including electronic/digital), and in hundreds of different languages.

Material at other institutions can often be obtained for your use via the SU Libraries' Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. Use of standardized Library of Congress subject headings (such as those in the box at the right) in the "Advanced Search" option is a particularly effective way to search WorldCat.


Some Standardardized (Library of Congress) Headings (These can be used in SUL Classic Catalog SUBJECT HEADING searches, as well as is in WorldCat Advanced Search on SUBJECT.)

Conservation of natural resources.
Headings for individual natural resources with the subdivision Conservation, e.g. Natural gas -- Conservation

Narrower-scope headings related to Conservation of natural resources, i.e.:

  • Agricultural conservation.
  • Biodiversity conservation.
  • Communication in conservation of natural resources.
  • Conservation projects (Natural resources)
  • Energy conservation.
  • Germplasm resources conservation.
  • Incentives in conservation of natural resources.
  • Material accountability.
  • Metals – Conservation.
  • Mineral resources conservation.
  • Nature conservation.
  • Recycling (Waste, etc.)
  • Waste minimization.
  • Water conservation.
  • Wildlife conservation.
  • Women in conservation of natural resource

Economic development – Environmental aspects.

Environmental policy.

Green technology.

Human ecology.

Management – Environmental aspects.

Natural resources – Management.

Narrower-scope headings related to Natural resources – Management, e.g.:

  • Coastal zone management.
  • Forest management.
  • Natural resources – Co-management.
  • Range management.
  • Wildlife management.

Nature – Effect of human beings on.
Individual animals and groups of animals with the subdivision Effect of human beings on, e.g. Fishes – Effect of human beings on.
Narrower-scope headings related to Nature – Effect of human beings on i.e.:

  • Ecological assessment (Biology)
  • Hunting – Environmental aspects.

Renewable energy resources.

Renewable natural resources.

Sustainable development.

ANY basic heading above with geographic or topical subdivisions.  Examples in the case of Sustainable development:

  • Sustainable development – Africa.
  • Sustainable development – China.
  • Sustainable development – New York (State).
  • Sustainable development – Case studies.
  • Sustainable development – Economic aspects.
  • Sustainable development – Environmental aspects.
  • Sustainable development – Government policy.
  • Sustainable development – History.

Questions and Suggestions?

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Essential Databases

Sustainability research encompasses many subject areas and perspectives. The following are suggested starting points for articles and more, but you may also want to explore the full databases listing.​​