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FTS 100: Energy: Where Are We and What's Next

Fall 2011
The Research Process

Research is an adventure. It's open-ended, exploratory, surprising, frustrating, and full of blind alleys and interesting side trips. It doesn't have to be lonely. Compare notes with your colleagues and take advantage of the friendly people sitting at the reference desk. We love to help you find what you're looking for.

Librarian: Michelle Twait
Professor: Thomas Huber

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Reference Works
Reference works are helpful at two points in your research: when starting out (by offering overview articles of, say, a writer and her work) or when nailing down unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics that turn up during your research. Many reference book articles are written by experts and offer not only information but excellent bibliographies for further research.
  • Encyclopedia of Energy Technology and the Environment
    Wiley 1995
    Provides lengthy articles on the technologies used to produce energy and their effects on the environment, with extensive tables, graphs and diagrams. Most article, written by experts in the field, are followed by extensive bibliographies.
    • Location(s): Ref TJ 163.235 .E53 1995
    4 vols.
  • Encyclopedia of Environment and Society
    Sage Publications 2007
    With over 1,200 entries covering key themes like agriculture, climate, conservation and ecology, the Encyclopedia of Environment and Society also highlights environmental issues in various countries, covers history information, government regulations, and environmental organizations.
    • Location(s): Ref HM 856 .E53 2007
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues
    Salem 2011 edition
    Includes articles on events, issues, individuals and organizations.
    • Location(s): Ref GE 10 .E523 2011
    4 vols.
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues
    Salem 2011 edition
    Includes articles on events, issues, individuals and organizations.
    • Location(s): Ref GE 10 .E523 2011
    4 vols.
  • Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy
    Macmillan Reference USA 2001
    Covers major technologies associated with energy production and use as well as historical, political, ethical, and social aspects of the subject. Short, accessible articles.
    • Location(s): Ref TJ 163.28 .M33 2001
    2 vols.
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
    New York: McGraw-Hill 2007
    Covers topics in the sciences in detail, giving technical discussions fully illustrated with charts, diagrams, and photographs.
    • Location(s): Ref Q 121 .M3 2007, 20 vols.
  • Wiley Encyclopedia of Energy and the Environment
    Wiley 1997
    Includes lengthy, authored articles with extensive bibliographies on topics of energy production and use and their environmental effects. Also includes information on related legal and policy issues.
    • Location(s): Ref TJ 163.235 .W55 1997
    2 vols.
Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All MnPALS Libraries" under "Library to Search" to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary loan. See our Guide to MnPALS for instructions. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic.
  • MnLink
    A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. To search a large number of libraries at once, choose "Libraries - Academic" from the "Current Profile" list. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests.
  • Library of Congress Classification System
    In our library, books on the same subject are shelved together by call number according to the Library of Congress Classification System. When searching MnPALS, check the "Location" column for the call number.
Finding Articles
Databases for articles and other materials offer references to publications that may or may not be in this library; some databases offer full text of articles and others simply citations. There are in-depth databases that cover publications in a particular field and others that are interdisciplinary. You can access databases from a drop-down list on the library's main page.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • General Science Collection
    A collection of over 200 journals covering such topics as particle physics, advanced mathematics, and nanotechnology. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • GreenFILE
    A freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.
  • Science Reference Center
    This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, and journals. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • Web of Science (Web of Knowledge)
    The Science Citation Index Expanded and the Social Sciences Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Besides indexing a wide range of journals in the sciences, social sciences, and history, this resource allows you to search for articles that cite a specific author or published work. Coverage from 1997 to the present.
Finding Journals
  • Journal Locator
    Find out if we subscribe to a particular journal, either online or in print. If the journal is not available in print or full text at Gustavus, you may request copies of articles through Interlibrary Loan.
Interlibrary Loan
Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
• Location(s): Library - Main Floor

Web Sites
  • Energy Information Administration
    Official energy statistics from the U.S. government. Also contains some environmental information (e.g., greenhouse gas emissions).
Additional Resources
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
    This guide from Purdue University provides an overview of plagiarism and best practices for avoiding it.
  • Citing Your Sources
    Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.
  • Reference Desk
    Hours for fall semester at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 12:00 - 8:00.
  • Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade
    Provides criteria for distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazine, and trade publications. From the North Carolina State University Libraries.
Contacting Michelle
I am happy to discuss your research questions with you. Contact me via e-mail at or call me at x7563.

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