A Planet on the Edge: The Rhetoric of Sustainable Energy

PWR 2KM - Fall 2016 - Instructor: Moekle, K.

A guide to resources for 2KM: A Planet on the Edge: The Rhetoric of Sustainable Energy. Topics include the rhetoric and ethics of "sustainable energy" investigating both the alarmism and optimism which fuel this debate about meeting the world's increasing demand for power while avoiding destruction of the environment.

Getting Started

  1. Use reference sources to jumpstart your research, to get ideas, and more.
  2. Find books, journal titles and media in Stanford's Online Catalog - Searchworks.
  3. Find articles in selected databases. Note:  Since there are so many databases we recommend this subset which will give you access to articles in a wide variety of subject areas. Additional options are listed below in the databases section.


The following are some databases that focus on environmental topics.

Ipswich, MA : EBSCO Pub.
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
A multidisciplinary database which provides full-text for over 4,650 scholarly publications. A great place to start your research.
[S.l.] : Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, [199-]-
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Covers environmental sciences topics, including ecology, energy resources, and pollution issues. Coverage: 1967 - present
Alexandria, Va. : American Geological Institute,
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Covers worldwide technical literature on geology and geophysics. Coverage: 1785 - present
[Ipswich, Mass.] : EBSCO Pub.
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Topics covered include global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Selected Searchworks Subject Terms

Find Books, Journal Titles and Media in Stanford's Online Catalog, SearchWorksHere are some "controlled vocabulary" subject terms for climate change and environmental philosophy-related topics. There are many others.

Sustainable Energy Resources (mostly books)

These SearchWorks resources may be helpful to provide context to your research based argument.

Los Angeles : SAGE, c2008.
Green Library » Information Center » QC981.8 .G56 E47 2008 V.1
Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier Academic Press, c2004.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » TJ163.28 .E53 2004 V.1
Cambridge, UK : RSC Pub., c2012.
Science Library (Li and Ma) » Stacks » TJ808 .T588 2012
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2012.
Green Library » Stacks » TJ807.9 .U6 K64 2012
Paris : OECD/IEA, c2011.
Green Library » Stacks » TJ808 .D48 2011
London ; New York : Earthscan, 2012.
Engineering Library (Terman) » Stacks » TJ808 .S328713 2012

Newspapers & News

Background/Reference sources

The following are some reference sources that you can use to find background information on your topic as well as other references.

An online collection of articles, bibliographies, study guides, dictionaries, etc. serving as a searchable encyclopedia of science and technology.
Farmington Hills, MI : Thomson Gale, [200-?]-
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Gale Virtual Reference Library is an online eBook reference collection on many topics including the Environment. You can direct link to environmental topics.
San Diego : Greenhaven Press, c2003.
Green Library » Information Center » HD75.6 .G555 2003