To find articles in journals and papers presented at conferences, use one or more of the following indexing services.
Covers scholarly business journals, trade journals, newspapers, newswires, conference papers, dissertations and theses.
Covers all IEEE publications and some from other publishers. ASU Library subscribes to the full text of IEEE journals, conference proceedings, books (1989-2013) and issued standards (but not draft standards).
Covers whatever scholarly material the publishers make available to Google. Focuses primarily on articles from scholarly journals, however, as these articles' references are included, you may also discover other types of documentation such as books, patents, technical reports, etc. Indexes not only the authors, titles and abstracts of articles but also searches the full text of documents.
If The ASU Library does not have a copy of the journal article you need, request the article via our Interlibrary Loan service. The service is free and most articles are scanned and put in your account within 48 hours. For the fastest "turn-around" time, be sure to include the journal's ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) on the request.
ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy)
"... dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy." Items of note:
ASES (American Solar Energy Society)
"Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation’s leading association of solar professionals & advocates. ASES is the US Section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). Our mission is to inspire an era of energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy." Items of note:
AEE (Association of Energy Engineers)
"... info & networking in the dynamic fields of energy engineering, energy management, renewables, power generation, energy services, sustainability, and related areas."
EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industries Association)
"EPIA’s Mission is to shape the regulatory environment to promote the growing market opportunity for solar in Europe." Items of note:
International Solar Energy Society
"... works to achieve 100% renewable energy for all, used efficiently and wisely, by providing the global renewable energy community with a collective, scientifically credible voice and up-to-date information gathered and synthesized by its talented members. "
REEP (Renewable Energy and Efficiency Partnership)
Items of note:
SEPA (Solar Electric Power Assocation)
"The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar energy into their portfolio." Has a "Discover Resources" section that has many items and most are free although some look dated.
Solar Energy Industries Association
Home page has press releases and there are separate sections for news and research/resources. Items of note:
To Find Books in the ASU Library:
To Find Books In Other Libraries:
If the ASU Library doesn't have the book that you need, request the book via our Interlibrary Loan Service.
*Many of our electronic books are listed in the catalog however, we also have several e-book collection in which you can use the native search engine for these collections:
Books from major publishers in all subject areas.
Books from major publishers in all subject areas.
A collection of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
Full text of many books published by IEEE in addition to journal and conference articles and standards
Over 2,000 science and engineering handbooks in which you can find facts, formula and property data.
Books from major publishers, organizations and government agencies in all subject areas.
Primarily books related to computer programming and other information technology areas.
Full-text of selected journals, books, book series, and reference works and the Online Archives Collection from science publisher Springer.
Synthesis Digital Library
Innovative online information service for the research, development and educational communities in engineering and computer science.
Government agencies frequently produce publications although they vary in level of content and usefulness. The U.S. Government in particular is one of the most prolific producers of information and has substantial documentation for solar energy. Government documents may be covered in some of the artilce databases and you'll see them in reference lists at the end of articles and book chapters. To find government publications, usually the best way is to search the websites of the agencies most likely to work on that topic and to also use special databases that retrieve documents from multiple agencies.
Search engines for government publications:
Government agencies related to solar energy:
A patent is a government grant bestowing certain property rights on the inventor; these rights usually permit the inventor to exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention.
For more information about patents and finding/research patents please see the ASU Library's
For more detailed assistance you may consider consulting the Arizona State Library's
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
CFR annual edition is the official compliation of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the units of the federal (U.S.) Government.
The CFR is divided into 50 "titles" covering broad subject areas. Titles are divided into chapters, which usually indicate the issuing agency. Chapters are further subdivided into parts that cover specific regulatory areas. Each title is updated annual as follows:
Note: The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) is a regularly updated compilation of CFR material and Federal Register amendments but it is not considered an official, legal version of the CFR.
The daily journal of the U.S. Government. The Federal Register contains notices, proposed rules (aka regulations rules), final rules, and presidential documents.
ProQuest Regulatory Insight
Regulatory Histories for Public Laws enacted from 1981-2015; includes Federal Register documents for 1977-present and Code of Federal Regulations from 1991-current.
Find and comment on proposed regulations and related documents published by the U.S. Federal government. This site includes final regulations, notices, scientific and technical findings, guidance, adjudications, and submitted comments. Does NOT include Public Laws, Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) nor regulations from state, local and tribal governments.
For more detailed information about standards at the ASU Library, please see the Standards Guide
some standards resources:
ANSI (American National Standards Institute)
ASTM Compass (ASTM Digital Library including standards journals and other publications)
Everyspec (Military Standards and Specifications)
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Full text of IEEE standards available in IEEEXplore
ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
SEMI (semi.org; "global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain for the micro- and nano-electronics industries")
Search Engines for Standards
ANSI Search (formerly NSSN)
US Local Codes (MAD CAD)
Links to online codes for all 50 states plus US Territories; within each state links are provided to websites of county, city, town and jurisdiction agencies and to their respective codes when available online.
Solar Energy Statistical Information:
EIA (Energy Information Administration)
Great source for U.S. statistics.
The online library of the OECD covering its books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. Click on "Statistics" in the blue navigation bar to get to the data and analysis area; you can also browse the data by theme (aka energy) or by country. The database also contains content published by the IEA (International Energy Agency)
General Statistical Information:
To identify what technical reports exist on a particular topic, use:
To find the full text of a specific report: