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TSEM102: Energy, Society and Politics



 
Overview & Facts
 

There are several sources that provide background information on a country's energy profile. Start your research by consulting these.

International Energy Agency website

U.S. Energy Information Administration

Europa World Plus

Business Source Complete

  • Energy, oil, gas, and petroleum reports are available through this database
    • Many are available electronically, but sometimes the most current report in a series may not be available
  • Once in the database, click on Advanced Search and use the following search strategy:
  • Type ....the name of your country...and change [Select a Field] to [TI Title]
  • In the second box, type ....the name of your country...and change [Select a Field] to [SU Subject Terms]
  • In the third box type...energy or petroleum or gas ... and change [Select a Field] to [SU Subject Terms]
  • From the menu bar on the left of the screen under Source Types, click on Show More and select: Industry Profiles, SWOT Analyses, Market Research Reports and Country Reports
  • The search results will be arranged by Relevance. To change the sort to most current first, click on Relevance and click on Date Descending from the resulting drop down menu
  • The results will include reports on your country's energy situation regarding consumption and imports

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CQ Researcher and the subject encyclopedias provide overviews and background information on broad topics. Use them at the beginning of the research process when you need to know more about a topic, narrow a topic, and identify some recommended resources that will provide in-depth information on your topic.

CQ Researcher is a magazine-type publication that provides background information on topics of wide interest

  • Search for the word - energy - and a list of ~30 related reports from which to choose will result, OR search for a particular topic like fracking, oil dependence, or offshore drilling

Gale Virtual Reference Library -Consists of a selection of encyclopedias in many disciplines including history, politics, law, and health, which have relevant articles on drugs and their use.

  • Once in the research database, type your search words into the search box
  • Use the Advanced Search feature if you want to search for your search terms in the title of an article
  • Since these are encyclopedias, the most effective way to search for information is to use broad topics like you would when searching for books

Search for your topics in the entire collection or try some of the following subject encyclopedias indivifually:

Sage Knowledge includes several encyclopedias which have relevant articles on energy and related topics

Open CRS

Homeland Security Digital Library

  • Provides electronic access to reports on energy that are related to global security, supply, and U.S. policy

Science Magazine's State of the Planet, 2008 - 2009

  • Located in the reference stacks on the main floor of Cook Library: Ref GE140 S35 2008
    • See Google for Table of Contents
  • Includes a special section on Energy and Sustainability

Films on Demand

  • Research database that provides streaming video of films on many academic topics, including energy

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Books
video See the help guide video: Finding Books with Cook OneSearch
 

You can use either Cook OneSearch or the Library/USMAI Catalog to find books.

Check the Library Catalog for books available at Cook Library. If you want a larger selection of books available in all of the University System of Maryland libraries, check the USMAI Catalog.

  • A good way to see what types of book the library has on drug abuse, is to change word/s anywhere to subject beginning with... and type drug abuse, drug addiction, drug traffic, prohibition united states, or a particular drug - cocaine, heroin, marijuana, crack, methadone
    • Or try a subject word/s search such as organized crime and drug*, organized crime and prohibition, mexico and drug*, indians and alcohol*, drug and sentences, women and drug use and history

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Websites
 

International Energy Agency

  • Organization consisting of 28 member countries that focuses on energy security, economic development, environmental awareness, and worldwide cooperation
  • Explore content by topic, country , or statistical profiles
 


ETDBWEB: World Energy Base

  • This database links to research reports by experts
  • Type the name of your country and limit the results to "matches with known electronic format"
  • Once you get a list of results, click on the name of your country, as listed in the menu on the left- Narrow Your Search by Adding
  • Select (and then remove) other phrases to narrow such as "Energy Policy", "Energy Planning", etc.

 

World Resources Institute

  • Concentrates on action plans and solutions for global environmental issues
  • Provides data and online reports
  • Use the website search engine and try the search - name of your country and energy
  • See the section: Climate, Energy & Transport for publications and projects
 

WorldWatch Institute

  • Projects and research on Climate & Energy, including sustainable and renewable energy
  • Use the website search engine and try the search - name of your country and energy
  • Publishes Vital Signs (1999 to date), which traces the trends in energy production and consumption
    • Latest in the Cook Reference Collection and earlier editions in the general stacks: Ref HC10 V53
  Explore additional intergovernmental and non-governmental websites for energy topics using the following specialized search engines.
 

IGOs are good for policy and global politics of energy.

Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine

  • Custom search engine that searches through intergovernmental (e.g. UN, EU, WB) organization sites, providing background and commentary on international issues
  • Useful for global/regional policy, economics, and politics of issues
  • Useful for topics such as energy, human rights, women's rights, drug trafficking, human trafficking, child labor, ethnic conflict, genocide, nuclear nonproliferation, weapons & arms control, environment

For sustainable/green energy and social aspects of energy (WRI, Worldwatch, Greenpeace, Global Policy, Global Witness),  the equivalent NGO search engine linked below works well:

Non-governmental Organizations Search

  • Custom search engine that searches through non-governmental organization sites, providing background and commentary on international issues
  • Useful for social and environmental aspects
  • Useful for topics such as energy, human rights, women's rights, drug trafficking, human trafficking, child labor, ethnic conflict, genocide, nuclear nonproliferation, weapons & arms control, environment

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Finding Articles in Magazines, Newspapes, & Journals
video See the help guide videos: Scholarly vs. Popular: What's the Difference?, Finding Articles with Cook OneSearch and Finding Articles: Getting Started in EBSCO Databases
 

You can use Cook OneSearch or go directly to research databases such as Academic Search (and choose others) to find articles on your topic. The advanced search features of both are similar, but the research database search allows additional options for refining a search.

Research databases often use the same subject words that are used in the Library Catalog. Articles focus on specific topics, so databases that index articles are the best place to look for information to answer a research question and/or support a thesis.

  • Try an article search, using the Advanced Search feature of Cook OneSearch OR go to the research databases directly
  • Whichever you choose, try the recommended search strategies below
  • Go into Academic Search > click on Choose Databases > select Social Sciences Abstracts
    • Once in the database, click on Advanced Search and use the following search strategy:
    • Type ....the name of your country...and change [Select a Field] to [SU Subject Terms]
    • In the next type...energy or petroleum or gas... and change [Select a Field] to [SU Subject Terms]
    • For a more specific search, try your country's name with phrases [SU Subject Terms] such as: petroleum and import; energy consumption; energy security; energy policy; renewable energy; wind power; solar power
    • If you want only scholarly articles, check off scholarly (peer-reviewed)
    • The search results will be arranged by Relevance. To change the sort to most current first, click on Relevance and click on Date Descending from the resulting drop down menu
    • The results will include reports on your country's energy situation regarding consumption and imports
    • Sometimes the most current report may not be available electronically
 

CIAO [Columbia International Affairs Online]

  • Indexes and provides significant access to scholarship published from 1991 to date in the form of working papers, policy briefs, journal articles and book chapters, research projects, and conference proceedings. Also includes curriculum materials in international affairs in the form of course packs and case studies
  • For best results, use Advanced Search and narrow with suggested subject terms once you get a list of results
    • Also limit by publication year, if desired
Citation Style Guides

Cook Library Citation Style Guides

  • Choose from among APA, Chicago, and MLA styles, these guides provide basic instructions for citing encyclopedia articles, books, and journal articles. For more examples, see the "Diana Hacker" guide below.
  • Pick a particular style and stick with it

Diana Hacker: Research and Documentation Online

  • This guide provides examples for APA, Chicago, and MLA style
  • Provides about 50 examples for citing sources in various formats, showing note and bibliographic style side-by-side
  • Use pop-up menu in middle of screen to locate specific examples

 

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