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Introduction to Energy Science and Technology - Bradford Campus

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

The Research Process

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject.  Use the worksheet below for help.
    For example
    • renewable energy
    • fossil fuels
    • wind power
    • solar energy
    • water-power
    • geothermal resources
    • sustainable development
    • energy consumption
    • nuclear power
    • energy policy
    • biomass energy
  • Search PittCat and subject oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully!
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian.

Need Research Ideas?

Use the mind map below or browse the latest research articles from journals or professional organizations for research ideas.

RSS Feeds - from SciVerse

Top 25 Hottest Energy Articles

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Browse Research in Professional Organizations

Critical Thinking Process For Research

Picture of Wheel with Critical Thinking in the middle surrounded by wheel spokes of: 1) Discover + Explore:   Look at your topic/issue more closely; start to be more directed and purposeful in seeking information. 2) Negotiate + Cooperate:   Consider different perspectives; engage in discussion with others. 3) Test + Revise:  Weigh up the evidence, test out different ideas and alternatives.  4) Integrate+ Apply: Bring together the various ideas that you have considered in order to consolidate and articulate new understanding(s),  5) Inform + Describe:  Begi nto clarify what you need to know, what you already know, and what information you have about your issue/topic

 

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