HLTH 21400: Sustainable Living: A Holistic Approach to Health

Best Bets

Meta-Search Databases 
EBSCO Research Library
Search across multiple EBSCO databases that are preset to peer-reviewed
ProQuest Research Library
Search across multiple ProQuest databases
Google Scholar
Search Google's scholarly database of articles, books, theses and reports

Subject Databases
Full-text collection of peer-reviewed journals and books from many disciplines including science, technology, medicine, psychology, education, and business.
This is a great tool for finding primary biomedical journal articles with links to some full-text.
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles.
Business Source Premier (Original Interface)
This is a great tool for finding business and policy articles as it relates to healthcare.
Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis)
A great tool for finding legal information. I recommend searching the Law Reviews for background information on laws relating to plastic bag regulations. 
Law Reviews from LexisNexis Academic

World Development Report
Annual report from the World Bank - includes essays on development issues, trends, and statistics on economic, demographic, and educational trends.  -- example search: "plastic bag*"

CQ Researcher
A full-text resource from Congressional Quarterly Press that provides comprehensive reports with analysis on popular and controversial topics that are reported in the news. A good starting point.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
A full-text database covering controversial topics presented in a variety of formats from scholarly articles, news articles, essays, statistics, websites, videos, and more.

Searching Strategies

Law Reviews from LexisNexis Academic

atleast20(plastic bag! or shopping bag!)

atleast10(plastic bag! or shopping bag!) and atleast10(policy or policies)

Advanced Search

TITLE(plastic bag! or shopping bag!)

Remember to select "Relevance" in the "Sort" filter

EBSCO Research Library  [this search example can be used in any of the library databases listed on this guide such as ScienceDirect, Medline, CINAHL, Proquest Research Database, GoogleScholar, Business Source Premier]

1. plastic bag* or shopping bag*
2. policy or policies
3. sustainab* or green or environment* or pollution or globalization or recycl* or reduction or reduce or waste or marine or ecosystem

1. plastic bag* or shopping bag*
2. production or produce

1. plastic bag* or shopping bag*

2. distribution

1. plastic bag* or shopping bag*

2. disposal

1. plastic bag* or shopping bag*

2. economic*

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Terry, B. (2012). Plastic-Free How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. New York: Constable & Robinson.

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