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A guide of resources and information to help freshman students complete a research paper in Dr. Matthew Kropf's ES 0112: Introduction to Energy Science and Technology Class

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Introduction to Energy Science and Technology

This LibGuide provides research assistance to Dr. Kropf's ES 0112 Introduction to Energy Science and Technology class.   The guide explains how to locate scholarly articles within the university databases and on the Internet.  It also shows how to properly cite resources along with a tutorial to understand plagiarism.  It provides direct links to PITTCat+, energy websites, reference materials, books, and online tutorials to help with research. 

As an added bonus, this guide contains links to professional energy organizations and sites that reference careers in energy. 

Learn more about Renewable Energy at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory or the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

The Research Process

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you. Having trouble with a topic? Here are some places to get ideas.
  • Select appropriate search terms (keywords) for your topic.   In the energy field, some examples may be:
    • renewable energy
    • fossil fuels
    • wind power
    • solar energy
    • water-power
    • geothermal resources
    • sustainable development
    • energy consumption
    • nuclear power
    • energy policy
    • biomass energy
  • Search Pittcat Plus and subject oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully!
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian or professor.

The Information Search Worksheet below will help to refine a research topic.  The Scholarly Information online tutorial will assist in determining if an article is scholarly.  You may also want to consult the book Evaluating Research Articles From Start to Finish, 3rd. ed., 2011, by Ellen R. Girden.  This book is available at the Bradford Campus Library  Q180.55.E9 G57 2011.  Also, don't forget to review the Avoiding Plagiarism video as plagiarism is a serious offense at the college level.

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