Planet on Edge: Rhetoric of Sustainable Energy

Wtr 2011


Kathleen Gust
Engineering Library

Getting Started

  1. Use Reference Sources to jumpstart your research, to get ideas, search terms, context, and more.
  2. Find Books, Journal Titles and Media in Stanford's Online Catalog, SearchWorks.
  3. Find Articles in Selected Databases.
    Note: Stanford subscribes to over 1000 Databases that index articles and books on various topics. Since there are so many databases we recommend a select subset of databases which will give you access to articles in a wide variety of subject areas.

  4. Find Resources on your Course Theme. Click the link(s) below.

Sustainable Energy

Background sources

Subject terms for finding books (samples link into SearchWorks) and searching databases

E-books and Journals


  • General
  • Engineering focused
    • Energy citations database from OSTI
      Over 2.3 million science research citations in disciplines of interest to DOE such as energy, environmental science, geology, engineering, climatology, oceanography, etc.
    • Engineering Village
      Includes journal articles, proceedings, unclassified government reports, and more on a wide variety of engineering topics 1884-present.
  • Environment focused
    • CAB Abstracts
      Covers several aspects of the life sciences (both agricultural and environmental) from the early 1900s-present.
    • Environment Index
      Covers the world literature pertaining to technological and engineering aspects of air and water quality, environmental safety, and energy production. 1990-present.
    • GreenFILE
      Human impact on the environment. Topics covered include global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Stanford Resources

  • Ethics of food and the environment
    Campus speaker series (2007-2010) focused on the consequences of individual food choices and the role of institutions in managing resources, averting famines, and addressing inequities.
  • Stanford Solar and Wind Energy Project
    Developing and Promoting Renewable Energy on and near Stanford's Campus, while also providing practical career experience for undergraduate and graduate students.


  • BLM - Renewable Energy Resources
    Renewable energy projects on BLM-managed lands include wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass projects and transmission facilities needed to deliver this power to the consumer.
  • EPA - Clean Energy Program
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Energy Program is working with state policy makers, electric and gas utilities, energy customers, and other key stakeholders to identify, design and implement clean energy policy and technology solutions.
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D). NREL develops renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering,
    and transfers knowledge and innovations to address the nation's energy and environmental goals.
    Searches over 45 databases and over 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies in the United States.
  • U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)
    The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) sponsors various initiatives to build awareness about energy efficiency and renewable energy topics and to coordinate efforts toward specific goals.

Blog and News sites

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Environmental Sources

Reference Resources

Sample SearchWorks searches related to Environmental Studies:

Some interesting resources found using SearchWorks:

Suggested Databases

To locate databases by name or topic, use the SearchWorks online catalog and select the Database facet. Databases in SearchWorks are always indicated with a green bar.

  • CABDirect
    Indexes journal articles in the applied life sciences from 1974 to the present. Use CAB Abstracts Archive for literature published from 1900-1973.
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
    Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a "think tank" that provides research reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. There is a movement to make CRS Reports more accessible. Try the following sites for access to CRS Reports:

  • Environment Index
    Offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. Includes domestic and international titles going back to the 1950s
  • Environmental sciences & pollution management
    A multidisciplinary database, with abstracts and citations from scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications. Major areas of coverage include: aquatic pollution, bacteriology, ecology, energy resources, environmental biotechnology, environmental engineering, environmental impact statements, hazardous waste, industrial hygiene, microbiology, risk assessment.
  • Intergovernmental and Non-Governmental Organizations Search
    Google custom search engines for Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
  • PAIS International
    Public Affairs Information Service indexes journals in the areas of political science, economics, public policy and related areas.
  • Science Accelerator
    A gateway to science, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources made available by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy.
  • World Bank e-Library
    Access World Bank publications, working papers and other research materials.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    Citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international journals and magazines in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration/policy

Statistics and Data

Suggested Websites

Other Resources on the Stanford Campus

  • Woods Institute for the Environment: Hub of interdisciplinary environmental research, teaching and problem solving at Stanford, focusing on four core areas: energy and climate,land use and conservation, oceans and estuaries, freshwater. The Woods Institute maintains the Stanford Environmental Portal, a resource for campus-wide environmental research and education.
  • Sustainable Choices: Provides information on small changes you can make to help the environment.

If you are still having trouble finding materials, just Ask Us!