MBA in Sustainability (Green MBA)
Information for Green MBA Alumni
When you graduate from Antioch, you will no longer have access to our subscription resources or library services [alumni have limited borrowing privileges for books, but that’s about it]. However, there are other ways to keep up with what’s going on in your field.
Many organizations produce literature which is freely available to anyone; membership in professional organizations usually includes subscriptions to journals and often other resources. For example,
- Net Impact has free newsletters;
- the World Business Council for Sustainable Business Development has free downloads of papers, case studies, and other types of publications as well as several free newsletters;
- members of the Project Management Institute have access to current & back issues of their journals, research assistance, and an e-book collection of 250 full text books.
Find an organization (or several) dedicated to your particular area of interest and see what they offer through their website and/or membership.
There are no really good free substitutes for the research databases & full text journal collections that students have access to. However, there are some ways to continue finding access to information.
- FindArticles.com has a huge list of magazines & journals where you can easily find abstracts and in many cases read articles in full text. Among the many journals with full text articles available at FindArticles.com include HR Magazine, The Economist, Business Economics, Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, and In Business [“a magazine for creating sustainable enterprises and communities”].
- Google Scholar tries to limit search results to citations from scholarly literature. It definitely cuts down on the number of results to wade through, and will point you to better stuff than Google. You won’t often find free full text, though.
- WorldCat, library catalog to the planet, is freely available and the best place to keep up with what books are being published on any topic.
- As a jumping-off point, you can still use the list of sites we post on your research guide …
- …and the Sustainability links on this page.
- The Internet Public Library is a fabulous portal to all kinds of information.
- Also keep in mind that government websites can offer a wealth of information.
Many if not most journals provide abstracts online for new and recent issues; and many provide free email TOC [Table of Contents] alerts. At the journal’s website you can sign up to receive regular announcements of what’s being published. Occasionally journals even put their most recent issue (or more) online; it’s worth going to a journal’s website to check out just what you can get. JournalSeek has a huge list of journals in all aspects of the various fields of business and management and links to their websites.
- Check out the Directory of Open Access Journals for a list of free online journals in all subject areas, including several titles on sustainability and business & management. Examples of full text titles available there are Ecology and Society; ; and Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies.
- There is a huge list of open-access business & related-topics journals here.
- There is a lot of other free content if you look around; for example, at the Business Week website you can find current and past articles online for free.
There are ways to make Google searches more productive.
- In Advanced Search, you can limit to a sites in a particular domain — academic (.edu), government (.gov), or organization (.org). This eliminates the “.com” junk and retrieves information from (generally speaking) more reliable sites.
- You can also limit to file type – PDF, for example, which is a way to retrieve full text results. Often what you’ll get is full text book reviews or CVs but you can also find full text articles this way, as well as the full text of papers presented at conferences, bibliographies, and more.
- Use the Interlibrary Loan service of whatever library you are affiliated with.
- Check to see what access to state university libraries your state might provide for residents.