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Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization

A research guide outlining various resources useful to students in the Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization program at Arizona State University.

Getting Started

This guide provides solar engineering and commercialization majors, graduate students and faculty with links to some of the better library and internet resources available to you.  It also includes recommendations for doing a rigorous literature review, how to stay current in your area, and using citation management software.

 

Solana, Gila Bend AZ
http://energy.gov/lpo/abengoa-solar-inc-solana

The SIDE HEADINGS on this guide include:

Keeping Current shows how to set up alerts and rss feeds in your favorite journals and indexing services so you're automatically notified of newly published material in you don't have to remember to manually search these resources regularly.

Literature Review contains step-by-step instructions for doing a comprehensive literature review appropriate for dissertations, theses, grant applications and project reports.  Includes organization tips, creating effective search strategies, what resources to use and how to use them. 

Resources is organized by the type of literature most used by solar engineers; in each sub-section, we'll link you to the best library and internet resources for that document type; many of these resources have instructions or tutorials for effective searching.   

STEM Biographies contains information and links on how to find biographies of notable individuals in STEM fields.

Writing & Citing contains information about style guides and citation management.

Online Research Assistance

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And, remember, you can always use our Ask-a-Librarian service as well.

5 Best Bets

For solar energy info...
 

Library One Search
An interdisciplinary database for finding books, journal articles, films and more at the ASU Library. 

ABI/Inform
An index to journal and newspaper articles, newswires, market reports, and other types of business info.

Compendex 
An index to journal articles and conference papers for all areas of engineeing.

SciTech Connect
An index to the Department of Energy publications.

U.S. Energy Information Administration
Great source for U.S. energy statistics.

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