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

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

Welcome to the library subject  guide for Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering, Stream A: Smart Technologies for Power Generation and Distribution at Carleton University.

Two related subject guides of interest also supplement this guide: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Sustainable Energy - Public Policy. For other sources of government statistics use the Government Statistics guide.

Scroll down to the Reference Materials section to find encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks.

Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.

Reference Materials: 


  • Encyclopedia of solid earth geophysics [electronic resource] / edited by Harsh Gupta.
  • Encyclopedia of energy [electronic resource] / editor-in-chief, Cutler J. Cleveland ; associate editors, Robert U. Ayres ... [et al.].
  • Fossil Energy [electronic resource] : Selected Entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology / edited by Ripudaman Malhotra.




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

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Select Journals: 

Find books on your topic to gain greater depth and understanding.

Recommended Books: 

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.

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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 (Click for a brief explanation of Boolean Operators)
  • 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.

More Writing & Citing Resources: 

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

Writing Help

Literature Reviews

Internet resource:

Online book:


  • Annual Reviews Online / Authoritative, analytic reviews in 34 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences. They synthesize the vast amount of primary research literature and identify the principal contributions in each field.
Content last reviewed: October 31, 2018