Welcome to the Subject Guide for Sustainable Energy - Public Policy.

Scroll down to find reference resources, public policy collections, think tanks, industry associations, information on Canadian municipalities,  and news sources.

The library has a large collection of Subject Guides includiing:

Reference Resources

Public Policy Collections, Think Tanks, Institutes

  • Canadian Public Policy Collection - A collection of publications from Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups.
  • Policy File Index - Indexes research on U.S. public policy with content from public policy think tanks, university research programs, research organizations, etc.
  • Conference Board of Canada eLibrary - Browse by topic, select Energy, Environment and Transportation Policy
  • Hillwatch provides a listing of major think tanks.

Industry Associations

       Associations offer valuable information - look for an industry association either by consulting a resource such as Associations Unlimited or by  doing a Google search such as solar energy association or sustainable energy association.            

Canadian Municipalities

 News Sources

Summon Searching

The library's search tool, Summon, allows you to search for books, journal articles, media, and more with a single search. You can access Summon from the library's homepage.  Also try the Advanced Search.

When searching Summon, consider the following:

Once you have your results:

  • To see only BOOKS click on Book/eBook.
  • To see only JOURNAL ARTICLES click on Journal Article and click on Scholarly & Peer-Review.

Because there will be many results, it is important to narrow your search.

Narrow by:

  • Content Type
  • Discipline
  • Publication Date
  • Subject Terms
  • Language
  • Library Location

When to Use Summon:

From: https://www.library.carleton.ca/summon

Catalogue Searching 

Do a keyword search using booleon operators:
Connect keywords using AND.   E.g. sustainable energy and policy
Connect synonyms with OR.   E.g. (renewable or sustainable) and energy
Use truncation * to expand results.   E.g. canad* will search Canada, Canadian or Canadians
When using more than one operator, use parentheses to group words.                                                  
Example: energy and (efficiency or renewable or sustainable) and policy and Canad*

Keyword searching will retrieve print monographs, ebooks and reports by think tanks, research institutes as well as local and international governments. Narrow your search by scrolling down the record of a relevant title and clicking on the subject heading provided.

Suggested Subject Headings of keyword search terms