Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.70
Liaison Tamera Jahnke
Submission Date April 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Missouri State University
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Doug Neidigh
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Management
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

Subject Guides: These provide links to and information about resources held by the MSU Libraries. The MSU Libraries offer a subject guide in sustainability: https://guides.library.missouristate.edu/sustainability

The MSU Libraries also offer subject guides covering E-Books, Journal Articles, and Streaming Videos that support topics related to sustainability. For E-Books, these include Animal Science, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Geology, Human Rights, Native (Indigenous Peoples), Nutrition, Political Science, and Public Administration. For Journal Articles, these include Animal Science, Biology, Children, Environment, Energy, Health, Human Rights, International Relations, Nutrition, Travel and Tourism, and Weather and Climate. For streaming videos, these include Agriculture, Earth Sciences, Geography, Human Rights, Natural Sciences, and Technology and Society.

The MSU Libraries offer Encyclopedias in the following topics: Agriculture, Biology, Cities, Environment, Food, Geography, Medicine, and the Social Sciences.

Databases: These contain relevant scholarly, professional, and popular journal literature on sustainability and related topics. Subscriptions to large full text journal aggregations, focused indexing & abstracting services, and specific digital reference tools offer broad access to current periodical literature on the topic of sustainability. Some examples include:
Academic Search Complete
Environment Complete
DOAJ, the Directory of Open Access Journals
OATD, Open Access Theses and Dissertations
Public Affairs Index
Salem Science, includes
Earth Science: Earth Materials and Resources
Earth Science: Earth's Surface and History
Earth Science: Earth’s Weather, Water, and Atmosphere
Earth Science: Physics and Chemistry of the Earth
Encyclopedia of Global Resources
Principles of Sustainability
Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, Revised Edition

Encyclopedias: These digital encyclopedias cover sustainability and related topics.
Encyclopedia of American Environmental History
Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society
Encyclopedia of Pollution
Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment
Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History

E-Books: The MSU Libraries has a database known as E-Books Academic, published by the EBSCO Corporation. It has over 150,000 E-Books covering many disciplines. Within this, a search for sustainability brings 1,560 E-Books. The subject Sustainability brings 58 E-Books.

Print Books: For this, a search for sustainability brings 2,300 books across hundreds of related subject headings

Journal Tracker: This tool allows a faculty member or student to search across approximately 20 platforms (e.g. EBSCO or JSTOR) for digital or print journals held by MSU. Within this, a search for sustainability brings 21 journals with sustainability in their titles.

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