Environmental Studies

Mary Robinson to speak tonight on human rights in the 21st century

Mary Robinson Irish President Mary Robinson will speak tonight (monday April 12) at 7PM at Cubberley Auditorium (map). Her talk, entitled "Human Rights Strategies in the 21st Century," is this year's Stanford Presidential Lecture in the Humanities and Arts. Yours truly wrote the essay "Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights: The Life and Work of Mary Robinson" outlining Robinson's long involvement with human rights issues around the world. I hope you can make it this evening.

Sustainable Energy Resources

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.
  • Science.gov
    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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Find Urban Studies Resources

Encyclopedias and Guides

Selected Searchworks Catalog Subject Terms

Suggested Databases and Electronic Journals:

  • Alternative Press Index, 1991 — present. Indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political and social change. Provides extensive coverage of urban development.
  • Alt-PressWatch. Provides fulltext of "a collection of newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press."
  • America: History and Life, 1964 — present. Includes abstracts of articles, dissertations, and book reviews of the U.S. and Canada from pre-history to the present.
  • Journal of Planning Literature. Principle finding aid for planning literature. Location: Engineering Library, shelved by title 1986-1992. Available in digital from 1999 to current.
  • Avery index to architectural periodicals: Offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation. Coverage is from 1934 to the present
  • PAIS International and PAISArchive(Public Affairs Information Service), 1915 — present. Indexes social and public policy literature.
  • PolicyFile. Indexes research reports from public policy think tanks, university research programs, research organizations and publishers.

Q&A: College Students' Diet


I'm writing a seminar paper about Stanford students' diets in comparison to the diets of students at other colleges. Where should I start?


You might not be able to find anything specifically about Stanford students' diets; but you might want to read some articles about college students' eating habits in general, then compare the findings to your observations about Stanford students.

One source for journal articles is Academic OneSource, available as a link from our database page. Go to the Expanded Academic ASAP search page and click on Advanced Search at the top of the page. Then type keywords such as "College Students" AND "Eating habits" (you can also specify things you don't want to find--e.g., "NOT 'Eating disorders'").

Another place to explore is the University Wire on LexisNexis (also accessible from the databases page, and also known as "Lexis Nexis Academic Universe"). On the main LexisNexis page, click on the "Guided News Search" tab at the top. Select "University News" from the News Category pulldown menu, then select news source: University Wire. This indexes full-text articles from college papers, including the Stanford Daily. Note that the default date range is the last 6 months; you can get more (or fewer) articles by choosing a different range. You have to experiment with search words, and play around with choosing for your keywords to be in Headlines or in all text.

To find additional articles, you can use our other databases, such as ProQuest Social Science Module, ERIC (an education database), or Medline. All of these are available on the databases page.

One more avenue is websites of various universities' campus dining services--for example, Stanford Dining. By comparing the dining options of various universities, you may be able to draw some conclusions about the diet of Stanford students.

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