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

This guide is meant for self service. If at any time during the research process, should you feel the need for research support, then email me. We will arrange a convenient time to get together on Zoom, and other platforms.

The research process

  1. Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries
  • examples: 
  1. Once your topic is narrowly defined, select databases to find specific articles that have been published in journals
  • examples: 
  1. Look for films and images as non-literary forms of representation 
  2. Find books on your topic to gain greater depth and understanding
  1. Write down or store all the references you have consulted to include them in the bibliography of your research paper

Search tips

  1. Begin by defining exactly what you are searching for
  • Select the keywords/synonyms/antonyms in your topic
  • Be specific when determining keywords/synonyms/antonyms and terms to search
  1. 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
  1. Use Boolean Operators to connect search terms by understanding how search engines operate
  1. Take notes during your research to keep track of where you have been, keywords searched, what worked and what didn't, etc.

Sources‚Äč of Information

Publication Cycle: 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.

Subject headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) use controlled vocabulary to access and express the subject content of documents.  The SuRE program has been divided into the following subjects or research areas. ‚ÄčThis is a searchable index. Click on a link below to display the Library's holdings in this area:

  • Add keywords
  • Use the filters on the left of the resulting screen
  • Typical filters are Available Online and Peer Reviewed Journals
  1. Alternative energy sources
  2. Analysis
  3. Climate change
  4. Economics
  5. Electricity
  6. Emissions
  7. Energy
  8. Energy and fuels
  9. Energy consumption
  10. Energy policy
  11. Engineering
  12. Environmental sciences
  13. Environmental studies
  14. Green and sustainable science and technology
  15. Optimization
  16. Renewable and green energy
  17. Renewable energy
  18. Renewable energy sources
  19. Studies
  20. Sustainability
  21. Sustainable development
  22. Technology

Key database

  1. OMNI: the Carleton University Library search portal. Please see Help With Using Omni
  1. SAGE Knowledge Encyclopedias: Carleton subscribes to the 2011 Encyclopedia Collection which provides perpetual access to 27 encyclopedias in the social sciences published between 2005-2011, as well as some other encyclopedias which have been ordered individually. Browse by Content Type: "Encyclopedias" and/or "Handbooks".
  2. SAGE Research Methods: With information on the full range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for the social and behavioral sciences, as well as methods commonly used in the hard sciences, the book, reference, and journal content in SAGE Research Methods helps researchers of all levels conduct their research.
  • Cases: Cases are peer-reviewed and come with pedagogical tools including learning objectives and discussions questions
  • Datasets: Datasets is a collection of teaching datasets and instructional guides that give students a chance to learn data analysis by practicing themselves
  • Video: Video contains more than 125 hours of video, including tutorials, case study videos, expert interviews, and more, covering the entire research methods and statistics curriculum

PrePrints

  1. arXiv: arXiv is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for 1,769,134 scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics. Materials on this site are not peer-reviewed by arXiv.
  2. Earth ArXiv: EarthArXiv.org is moving from the OSF Preprints platform to the Janeway preprint platform at the California Digital Library (CDL). In preparation for this move, EarthArXiv will stop accepting submissions on Friday August 21, 2020. EarthArXiv.org will redirect to the new service when it becomes public on October 1, 2020.
  3. TechRxiv: TechRxiv (pronounced "tech archive") is an open, moderated preprint server for unpublished research in electrical engineering, computer science, and related technology. By using TechRxiv, authors can quickly disseminate their work to a wide audience and gain community feedback on a draft version of their research. A preprint is a draft version of an article; final versions of published articles should not be submitted to TechRxiv.

Books

  1. Sage Research Methods: SAGE Research Methods supports beginning and advanced researchers throughout a research project, from writing a research question, choosing a method, gathering and analyzing data, to writing up and publishing the findings.

Supplementary

  1. How to Read a Book, v5.0 School of Information University of Michigan
  2. How to Read for Grad School Miriam E. Sweeney
  3. READ LIKE A GRADUATE STUDENT, NOT A MYSTERY FAN William Doane
Content last reviewed: October 31, 2018