Sustainable and Renewable Energy (Stream A: Smart Technologies for Power Generation and Distribution)

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This subject guide will assist you in finding books, journal articles, and websites, as well as assist you in developing your research skills.

Step #1: Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.

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Primary Sources

  • Publication Cycle (Engineering & Science): to find primary and secondary sources of information, use tertiary sources of information: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks. When a researcher publishes material, they follow the cycle clockwise. To find primary and secondary sources, follow the cycle anti clockwise.


  • Begin by defining exactly what you are searching for
  • Select the keywords/synonyms in your topic
  • Be specific when determining keywords/synonyms and terms to search
  • Use the advanced interface of electronic databases and Internet search engines to help narrow your search
  • Limit results in electronic databases to full-text or peer reviewed journals only
  • Use Boolean Operators to connect search terms 
  • Take notes during your research to keep track of where you have been, keywords searched, what worked and what didn't, etc.
  • Google search secrets [electronic resource] / Christa Burns and Michael P. Sauers.

Step #2: Once your topic is narrowly defined, select databases to find specific articles that have been published in journals.

Key Databases: 

Select Journals: 

Step #3: Find books on your topic to gain greater depth and understanding.

Books and Serials on Renewable Energy are shelved at these locations in the Library of Congress system: 

  • Renewable energy sources   TJ807- TJ830 New titles
  • Solar power plants  TK1056 .S6
  • Wind energy  TK1541
  • Photovoltaic power generation TK2960
  • Hydrogen as fuel  TP359.H8

We welcome your suggestions for books or other library materials you need for your study or research at Carleton.

Google Books >Sustainable and Renewable Energy

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Step #4: Write down or store all the references you have consulted to include them in your bibliography of your research paper (e.g., Mendeley)

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Content last reviewed: October 31, 2018