This Alternative Energy Pathfinder is designed to help you locate good, reliable information for your projects.

Keywords to Search:

Renewable Energy, Wind, Hybrid Cars, Nuclear Energy, Solar Energy, Hydro, Electric Cars,  Sustainable Energy, Biomass Fuel, Biofuels, Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Green Energy, Hydrogen.

Finding a Topic Overview in Reference:

  • Britannica Online (click to search our online encyclopedia)
  • Opposing Viewpoints Reference Search
  • REF 333.79 Will The Wiley Encyclopedia of Energy and the Environment.
  • REF  503 M147 The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.
  • REF 503 Gale The Gale encyclopedia of Science.
  • REF 031 World World Book Encyclopedia

Searching TideCat, the Library Catalog for Books

Try some of the keyword suggestions in TideCat to find books.

Finding Magazine and Journal Articles

Two great databases for your topic which will proivde "pro/con" information are:

Finding Websites

Finding good internet sources can be tricky on this topic since many websites have bias (example:  websites sponsored by oil companies will promote fossil fuel use).  So instead of 'Googling' your topic, try the following sites:
Specific Topic Websites

Here are a few good websites for specific topics.






Fossil Fuels:

Bio Fuels:


Finding Images About Your Topic

Finding Video About Your Topic

  1. Select the 'Advanced Search' from the gold navigation bar.
  2. Enter your keywords in the search box.
  3. Select 'Video file' from the 'By Document Type' drop down box.
  4. Click on Search.  If there are any videos on your topic, they will appear in your results.

Citing your Sources

It's easy! Use EasyBib. Ask your teacher what format they require (MLA, APA, or Turabian), and then click on EasyBib

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