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In nuclear fission mass is converted into energy. This enormous release of energy is controlled at sustained rates in nuclear power generating plants. The heat that is generated is cooled by water which produces steam which in turn is used to run a turbine which generates electricity. The entire nuclear fuel cycle starts with mining of fissionable material such as uranium followed by the controlled reactions and release of energy in the nuclear reactor, culminating in the disposal and/or reprocessing of the waste material.

The use of nuclear power to generate electricity began in the late 1950s. About 15 percent of all electric power worldwide now comes from nuclear power plants; 20.7 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption, including electrical energy generation and transmission losses, is attributed to nuclear power.

This guide to nuclear energy is not intended as a comprehensive bibliography, but highlights selected works about the production, distribution, and transmission of nuclear energy. Many of the titles listed are available in the reference collection in the Science and Business Reading Room on the 5th floor of the Adams building at the Library of Congress. The guide is also available online at http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/tracer-bullets/tbs.html

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INTRODUCTIONS TO THE TOPIC

Reyes, José N., and John B. King. Nuclear engineering. In Encyclopedia of energy, v. 4. Amsterdam, Boston, Elsevier Academic Press, c2004. p. 315-331.
   TJ163.28.E53 2004 <SciRR>

Tabak, John. Nuclear energy. New York, Facts On File, c2009. 206 p.
   Bibliography: p. 188-191.
   QC792.T33 2009 <SciRR>

Wood, Michael Burke. Nuclear energy: technology. In Encyclopedia of energy engineering and technology, v. 2. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c2007. p. 1125-1133.
   TJ163.2.E385 2007 <SciRR>

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SUBJECT HEADINGS

Subject headings used by the Library of Congress, under which books on nuclear energy can be located in most card, book, and online catalogs, include the following:

Highly Relevant

NUCLEAR ENERGY

Relevant

NUCLEAR ENGINEERING
NUCLEAR FACILITIES
NUCLEAR FUELS
NUCLEAR INDUSTRY
NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
NUCLEAR REACTORS

Related

RADIOACTIVE POLLUTION
RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL
RADIOACTIVE WASTES
RADIOACTIVITY
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

More General

ENERGY INDUSTRIES
NUCLEAR FISSION
NUCLEAR PHYSICS
POWER RESOURCES

 

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Photo: two very large white containers on blocks.
A spent nuclear fuel cask, to be placed in Dry Storage at INEEL's Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center. From the DOE Image Archive Center. Image ID: 2013517.

Photo: man encased in full body protective clothing, handling yellow containers.
Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site - Removal of Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) by remote control vehicle with a vacuum hose, reducing worker radiation exposure. From the DOE Image Archive Center. Image ID: 2012115.

BASIC TEXTS

Angelo, Joseph A. Nuclear technology. Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 2004. 638 p.
   TK9145.A55 2004 <SciRR>

Bodansky, David. Nuclear energy: principles, practices, and prospects. 2nd ed. New York, Springer, c2004. 693 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK9145.B54 2004 <SciRR>

Murray, Raymond LeRoy. Nuclear energy: an introduction to the concepts, systems, and applications of nuclear processes. 6th ed. Burlington, VT, Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier, 2009. 532 p.
   TK9145.M87 2009 <SciRR>

Newton, David E. Nuclear power. New York, Facts On File, c2006. 300 p.
   Bibliography: p. 146-211.
   TK9146.N453 2006 <SciRR>

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ADDITIONAL TITLES

America's energy future: technology and transformation. Committee on America's Energy Future, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Research Council of the National Academies. Washington, National Academies Press, c2009. 711 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   See especially Chapter 8, Nuclear Energy, p. 445-562.
   TJ163.25.U6A464 2009 <SciRR>

Botkin, Daniel B., and Diana Pérez. Powering the future: a scientist’s guide to energy independence. UpperSaddle River, NJ, FT Press, c2010. 330 p.
   Bibliography: p. 279-312.
   TJ163.25.U6B68 2010

Jevremovic, Tatjana. Nuclear principles in engineering. New York, Springer, c2005. 442 p.
   Bibliography: p. 433-435.
   TK9145.J48 2005 <SciRR>

Knief, Ronald Allen. Nuclear engineering: theory and technology of commercial nuclear power. 2nd ed. LaGrange Park, IL, American Nuclear Society, c2008. 770 p.
   Bibliography: p. 721-746.
   TK9145.K62 2008 <SciRR>

McElroy, Michael B. Energy: perspectives, problems, and prospects. Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 2010. 409 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   See especially Chapter 9, Nuclear Power, p. 191-214.
   TJ163.2.M3843 2010 <SciRR>

Montgomery, Scott L. The powers that be: global energy for the twenty-first century and beyond. Chicago, London, University of Chicago Press, c2010. 350 p.
   Bibliography: p. 299-328.
   HD9502.A2M656 2010 <SciRR>

Shultis, J. Kenneth, and Richard E. Faw. Fundamentals of nuclear science and engineering. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c2008. 591 p.
   Includes bibliographical references
   TK9145.S474 2008

Stacey, Weston M. Nuclear reactor physics. 2nd ed. Weinheim, Wiley-VCH, c2007. 706 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK9145.S73 2007 <SciRR>

Sustainable nuclear power. Editors, Galen J. Suppes, Truman S. Storvick. Amsterdam, Boston, Elsevier/Academic Press, c2007. 393 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK9145.S94 2007 <SciRR>

Sweet, William. Kicking the carbon habit: global warming and the case for renewable and nuclear energy. New York, Columbia University Press, c2006. 256 p.
   Bibliography: p. 237-239.
   See especially Chapter 11, A Second Look at Nuclear Energy, p. 180-196.
   TJ808.S87 2006 <SciRR>

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SPECIALIZED TITLES

Advanced nuclear fuel cycles and radioactive waste management. Paris, Nuclear Energy Agency, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, c2006. 244 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK9360.A338 2006

Biosphere implications of deep disposal of nuclear waste: the upwards migration of radionuclides in vegetated soils. H. S. Wheater and others. London, Imperial College Press, c2007. 402 p. (Series on environmental science and management, v. 5)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD898.14.E58B56 2007

Cochran, Robert G., and Nicholas Tsoulfanidis. The nuclear fuel cycle: analysis and management. 2nd ed. La Grange Park, IL, American Nuclear Society, 1999. 381 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK9360.C53 1999

Considering timescales in the post-closure safety of geological disposal of radioactive waste. Paris, Nuclear Energy Agency, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, c2009. 159 p.
   Bibliography: p. 97-102.
   TD898.2.C658 2009

Flüeler, Thomas. Decision making for complex socio-technical systems: robustness from lessons learned in long-term radioactive waste governance. Dordrecht, Springer, 2006. 357 p. (Environment & policy, v. 42)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD898.F585 2006

Going the distance: the safe transport of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste in the United States. Committee on Transportation of Radioactive Waste, Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council of the National Academies. Washington, National Academies Press, c2006.
339 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD898.12.N3G65 2006 <SciRR>

The Nuclear fuel cycle: from ore to wastes. Edited by P. D. Wilson. Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 1996. 323 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK9360.N827 1996

Nuclear fuels: manufacturing processes, forms, and safety. Antoine Lesage and Jérôme Tondreau, editors. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2010. 373 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK9360.N83 2010

The Regulatory control of radioactive waste management: overview of 15 NEA member countries. Paris, Nuclear Energy Agency, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, c2004. 205 p. (Radioactive waste management, no. 3597)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD898.14.M35R44 2004

The Safety of the nuclear fuel cycle. 3rd ed. Paris, Nuclear Energy Agency, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, c2005. 319 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TK9360.S237 2005

Sherman, Daniel J. Not here, not there, not anywhere: politics, social movements, and the disposal of low-level radioactive waste. Washington, RFF Press, 2011. 241 p.
   Bibliography: p. 217-233.
   TD898.118.S44 2011

Smith, Brice. Insurmountable risks: the dangers of using nuclear power to combat global climate change. Takoma Park, MD, IEER Press; Muskegon, MI, RDR Books, c2006. 429 p.
   Bibliography: p. 325-416.
   At head of title: A report of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.
   TK9152.S645 2006

Takada, Jun. Nuclear hazards in the world: field studies on affected populations and environments. Tokyo, Kodansha; Berlin, New York, Springer, c2005. 134 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD196.R3T34 2005

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GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS

National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Improving Practices for Regulating and Managing Low-Activity Radioactive Waste. Improving the regulation and management of low-activity radioactive wastes. Washington, National Academies Press, c2006. 209 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD898.118.N363 2006 <SciRR>

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce. Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality. Next steps toward permanent nuclear waste disposal: hearing before the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, second session, July 15, 2008. Washington, U.S. G.P.O., 2008. 92 p.
   "Serial no. 110-135."
   URL: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-110hhrg57848/pdf/CHRG-110hhrg57848.pdf
   KF27.E5524 2008h <LAW>

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ABSTRACTING AND INDEXING SERVICES

Abstracting and indexing services that index relevant journal articles and other periodical literature on nuclear energy are listed below. Please consult a reference librarian for the location of abstracting and indexing services in the Science Reading Room as well as current status of online database services, both subscription and open-access.

Applied Science & Technology Index (1913- )
   Z7913.I7 <SciRR A&I>

Applied Science Full Text (1983- )
   Electronic format

Energy Citations Database (1943- )
   Electronic format
   URL: http://www.osti.gov/energycitations/

General Science Full Text (1984- )
   Electronic format

General Science Index (1978- )
   Z7401.G46 <SciRR A&I>

IAEA Databases (1959- )
   Electronic format
   URL: http://nucleus.iaea.org

INSPEC (1969- )
   Electronic format

National Technical Reports Library (NTIS) (19th Century- )
   Electronic format

NTIS (National Technical Information Service) (1964- )
   Electronic format
   URL: http://www.ntis.gov
   Microfiche can be requested in the Science Reading Room.

Science Citation Index (ISI) (1945-2001)
   Z7401.S365 <SciRR A&I>

Science Citation Index Expanded (1997- )
   Electronic format

Technology Research Database (1962- )
   Electronic format

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JOURNALS

JOURNALS that often contain relevant articles include the following:

American Scientist LJ85.S502
Annals of Nuclear Energy TK9001.A55
Annual Review of Energy TJ163.2.A55
Annual Review of Energy and the Environment/AR TJ163.2.A55
Annual Review of Nuclear Science QC770.A5
Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science QC770.A5
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists TK9145.A84
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists http://www.thebulletin.org
Energy Policy HD9502.A1E54
Issues in Science and Technology Q124.6.I85 and http://www.issues.org
Journal of Nuclear Materials TK9185.A1J6
Nuclear Engineering TK9001.N75
Nuclear Engineering and Design TK9001.N755
Nuclear Engineering International TK9001.N75
Nuclear News QC770.N75
Nuclear Science and Engineering QC770.N8
Nuclear Technology TK9001.N72
Progress in Nuclear Energy TK9001.P73
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews TJ807.R45

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ONLINE SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues
   URL: http://alsos.wlu.edu/default.aspx
   Web-based collection of annotated references to resources on current and historical nuclear issues; tracing the development of nuclear science since the Manhattan Project.

American Nuclear Society
   URL: http://www.new.ans.org
   A not-for-profit, international, scientific and educational organization. Publishers of Nuclear Science and Engineering.

Energy Information Administration (U.S. Department of Energy)
   URL: http://www.eia.doe.gov
   Independent statistics and analysis.

Nuclear Energy Institute
   URL: http://www.nei.org
   Policy organization for the nuclear technologies industry.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
   URL: http://www.nrc.gov
    Established in 1974 as successor to Atomic Energy Commission.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
   URL: http://www.iaea.org/
   Established in 1957 as the world's "Atoms for Peace" organization within the United Nations.
   See especially the page “Nuclear Energy Knowledge Resources” http://www.iaea.org/inisnkm/nkm/aws/index.html

Location Codes for Items in the Library of Congress Reference Collections
<SciRR>       Science Reading Room Reference Collection
<SciRR A&I> Science Reading Room Abstracting & Indexing Collection
<LAW>         Law Library

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