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BADM Senior Seminar: Web Sources

Sustainable Business and Corporate Social Responsibility

Web Resources

There's a lot of information about sustainable business and Corporate Social Responsibility available online. These websites are good, trust-worthy places you can use for research, but be sure to always assess things you see online. The bottom of this page has information for assessing online sources. Always ask your professor or a librarian if you have questions about the quality of an online source.

Search Tip!

Google Search Tips: 

You can limit your Google search to government or college/university websites by adding or to your keyword search. 


  • sustainability

You can use this tip with other countries' government websites as well. Try for Canadian government websites, or for the United Kingdom.


site:site.domain will search a particular website.


  • Sustainable development

Try using quotation marks (" ") to search for a particular phrase. This is called phrase searching and will direct Google or the database to search exactly what you place between the quotation marks. 


  • "Corporate Social Responsibility" searches these words together as a phrase, and not three words that could appear randomly throughout the article or website. 


Professional Associations

There are many associations that focus on building networks for and advocacy on behalf of green business. Many have members-only benefits, but we’ve highlighted some with publicly available research. Also, search for associations at the local, state, or regional levels for more location-specific professional groups. 

Research Institutes

Government Websites

Assessing Internet Sources

Can't figure out if the internet source you're looking at is good enough to use in your paper? Ask yourself the following questions to determine the site's authority: 

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • Are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
  • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
  • What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address?
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
  •      examples: .com (commercial), .edu (educational), .gov (U.S. government), 
                   .org (nonprofit organization), or .net (network)