Remember, a pathfinder is just the beginning of building your bibliography. There are many more sources available in print and online. Ask a librarian if you need help finding more sources.

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Topic Questions

  • What is my family's carbon footprint?
  • How much petroleum can I conserve at home?
  • How does burning fossil fuels affect the environment?

Project Goals

  1. Create a conservation portfolio.
  2. Determine your family's carbon footprint.
  3. Design a plan for conservation including the three main categories of petroleum usage that we studied: transportation, heat and electricity.
  4. Practice conservation by reducing consumption of fossil fuels.
  5. Research global warming and the effects of "business as usual".
  6. Research acid rain and photochemical smog -- specifically how they are the result of burning of fossil fuels.
  7. Quantify savings and reflect on what you've accomplished and its impact.

Reference materials

This is the place to start any research project. Reference books such as encyclopedias and almanacs, offer short, authoritative information on every topic. These books cannot leave the library.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica

  • R 333.79 MOA Moan, Jaina L. Energy use worldwide : a reference handbook. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2007.
Offers a comprehensive overview of energy use around the world, examining how different countries produce and consume energy and providing information on legislation, events, movements, documents, organizations, agencies, and other resources related to the topic.


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Non-fiction books about this topic are found in various sections of the library. Be sure to do a keyword search using the online catalog (Destiny) to find materials under other subject areas.

  • 333.8 F Friedman, Lauri S. Fossil fuels. San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, c2010.
Presents a discussion of fossil fuels that covers questions about whether the fuels are running out and examines their threat to the environment and impact on national security, and analyzes the potential benefits of alternative energy sources.
  • 363.738 G Gore, Albert. An inconvenient truth : the crisis of global warming.Rev. ed. New York : Viking :, 2007.
An adaptation of the book in which former Vice President Al Gore examines the climate crisis that is threatening the future of the planet, describes what the world's governments are doing to correct the problem, and explains why the problem should be taken more seriously. Includes photographs, maps, and graphs.
  • 551.6 C Critical Perspectives on World Climate. 1st ed. New York : Rosen Pub., 2007.
A collection of articles that examines climate change, discussing the role of vegetation and methane in the scientific phenomenon, effects of global warming, debate over research, and other related topics.
  • 622 G Goodstein, David L. Out of gas : the end of the age of oil. New York : Norton, 2005.
Presents a scientific perspective on the declining supply of fossil fuel throughout the world, discussing what might happen to climate and civilization in the face of a permanent oil shortage.

WHS databases

Log into any of these databases by clicking on the link. If you are away from home, you will have to use a remote username and/or password. These can be found on the Library Media Center brochure. Make sure to take one home before leaving school!!
  • Science Online This database is useful for all science related projects. You will be able to find encyclopedia entries, articles, picture and multimedia resources on biology, chemistry, physics, science, forensic science, computer science, environmental science, etc.
  • Virtual Reference Library - ebooks on your topic.
  • Opposing Viewpoints- click on links on the right to find articles about global warming, air pollution, and more.

Internet sites