Renewable Energy


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This SlideShare presentation was a companion piece to a pathfinder created hypothetically for the Chicago Public Library. The pathfinder presentation highlights resources for librarians and independent researchers of information on renewable and alternative energy sources.

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Renewable Energy

  1. 1. RENEWABLE ENERGYA Pathfinder from the Chicago Public Library Steven V. Kaszynski
  2. 2. WHAT IS RENEWABLE ENERGY?  Renewable energy is energy from a source that is not in limited supply; i.e., energy that comes from the sun, wind, tides, and the burning of waste.  Most countries are heavily dependent on fossil fuels as a source of energy. Rapid decline in reserves and harmful environmental necessitate development of alternative energy technologies.
  3. 3. ELECTRONIC DATABASES  Online Research heading  A-Z Research Databases link  Enter library card number and zip code  Databases are listed in alphabetical order with a brief description under each link.
  4. 4. CQ RESEARCHER ONLINE  Popular among adults and teens alike  Comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news  Archives give users a host of articles on renewable energy and alternative fuel technologies
  5. 5. ISSUES & CONTROVERSIES  From Facts on File  Research database details investigations of current world issues  Recent features view alternative energy sources and renewable energy from many angles  2008—2009 National High School Debate
  6. 6. KIDQUEST AND JUNIORQUESTMAGAZINES  Kid-friendly online libraries offered by ProQuest  KidQuest—85 magazines and newspapers  JuniorQuest—over 100 newspapers, magazines, and journals
  7. 7. NEW BOOK OF POPULAR SCIENCE  From Grolier Online  Colorful and appealing to young researchers  Web version of the popular print series  Biographies, activities, current science news  SciClopedia
  8. 8. SCIENCE ONLINE  From Facts on File  User-friendly database  News articles and features from Earth-related magazines, such as E: The Environmental Magazine
  9. 9. PRINT RESOURCES  No library card needed to search catalog  Search titles by keyword from the main page. Or choose to perform advanced search by title, author, ISBN, call number, or publisher.
  10. 10. ALTERNATIVE ENERGYNEIL SCHLAGER AND JAYNE WEISBLATTTJ808.A475 2006 •  3-volume set •  Introduces students to issues surrounding both current energy sources and alternative energy options. •  Primary focus is on the latest options for meeting the ever-growing demand of alternative energy technologies.
  11. 11. ALTERNATIVE ENERGYCHRISTINE PETERSENTJ808.P47 2004 •  Single volume •  47 pages •  Summarizes salient details of various forms of renewable energy technologies, such as wind power, solar power, water power, geothermal energy, and biofuels. •  Ideal starting point for young info seekers.
  12. 12. ALTERNATIVE ENERGYDEMYSTIFIEDSTAN GIBILISCOTJ808.G53 2007 •  322 pages •  Students and adults can quickly get current on alternative energy issues. •  Provides concise information on all forms of energy, including fossil and biodiesel fuels; electric, solar, nuclear, hydroelectric, and wind energy. •  Encyclopedic introduction to renewable fuel cells.
  13. 13. ENERGY ALTERNATIVESKAREN D. POVEYTJ808.2.P68 2007 •  Outlines the main features and studies of numerous energy alternatives. •  Green vehicle fuels, the potential of solar, wind, wave, and geothermal power, and nuclear energy are examined. •  The future of alternative energy is analyzed in plain language appropriate for elementary and young adult info seekers.
  14. 14. ENVIRONMENTAL ENCYCLOPEDIAMARCI BORTMAN, PETER BRIMBLECOMBE, MARY ANN CUNNINGHAM, WILLIAM P.CUNNINGHAM, AND WILLIAM FREEDMANGE10.E38 2003 •  2-volume set •  Includes some 1,300 alphabetically arranged articles relevant to the field of environmental studies. •  Articles in plain language by contributors with scientific backgrounds. •  Entries of varying length and breadth focus on environmental science and issues. •  Useful supplement to adults and student researchers.
  15. 15. KICKING THE CARBON HABIT: GLOBALWARMING AND THE CASE FOR RENEWABLEAND NUCLEAR ENERGYWILLIAM SWEETTJ808.S87 2006 •  256 pages •  Popular among adult environmental enthusiasts •  Part I exposes the myriad costs of the coal industry. •  Part II highlights the effects of carbon dioxide on global climates. Includes maps and illustrations. •  Part III explains low- and zero-carbon technologies currently available to producers and consumers.
  16. 16. WEBSITES U.S. Department of Energy website for information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Website of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Provides information about renewable energy, energy-efficiency practices, delivery and storage technologies, applications and student resources. renewable.html Website of Energy Information Administration. Illustrated explanations of the five renewable energies used most often: hydraulic, solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass. Classroom activities from grades K-12. This is a link to the Internet Public Library’s pathfinder highlighting sources of information on alternative energy and hybrid vehicles.