Photovoltaics

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Academic Search Complete
Articles from academic journals, newspapers, and magazines useful for many subjects. A great place to get started with research.

Energy & Power Source
This premier database provides an unmatched collection of indexed and full-text energy and power industry-related content for professionals and researchers of all types involved at any level in the industry.

Environment Complete
This leading full-text database offers extensive coverage in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and affiliated areas of study. Offering full text and indexing for journals, books and monographs, it is an invaluable resource for students and scholars across all environmental disciplines.

IEEE Xplore
IEEE Xplore provides web access to more than four-million full-text documents from some of the world's most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics.

Proquest Research Library
Articles from academic journals, trade publications, and magazines across many subjects, including business.

ScienceDirect
ScienceDirect hosts over 3,800 journals and more than 37,000 books—over 15 million peer-reviewed publications (and growing) from Elsevier, our imprints and our society partners.

Books

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Books and eBooks about Building Integrated Photovoltaic Systems
This pre-set search will allow you to browse the books and ebooks about building integrated photovoltaic systems at Greenley Library.

Books and eBooks about Solar Energy
This pre-set search will allow you to browse the books and ebooks about solar energy at Greenley Library.

Books and eBooks about Photovoltaic Cells
This pre-set search will allow you to browse the books and ebooks about photovolatic cells Greenley Library.

Books and eBooks about Photovoltaic Power Generation
This pre-set search will allow you to browse the books and ebooks about photovoltaic power generation at Greenley Library.

Websites

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Photovoltaics 
The National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) works to advance the state of the art across the full spectrum of photovoltaic (PV) research and development at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). 

Northeast Solar Energy Research Center
Brookhaven National Laboratory is developing a new Northeast Solar Energy Research Center (NSERC) on its campus that will serve as a solar energy research and test facility for the solar industry. The NSERC will include laboratories for standardized testing in accordance with industry standards, along with a solar PV research array for field testing existing or innovative new technologies under actual northeastern weather conditions.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 
The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) supports the early-stage research and development of photovoltaic (PV) technologies that improve efficiency and reliability, lower manufacturing costs, and drive down the cost of solar electricity. The program funds innovative concepts and experimental designs across a range of materials that have the potential to make solar energy among the least expensive forms of energy available by reaching a levelized cost of energy of $0.03 per kilowatt-hour.

Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories conducts research and development (R&D) in solar power, including photovoltaics and concentrating solar power, to strengthen the U.S. solar industry and improve the manufacturability, reliability, and cost competitiveness of solar energy technologies and systems.

U.S. Energy Information Administration
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policy-making, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

Citing Sources

See below for basic guidelines and examples of APA citation style.
APA Style Quiz

Why Cite?

Why you need to cite sources:

  • Citing sources is the only way to use other people’s work without plagiarizing (i.e. if you are using any resource [journal article, book, website, report, interview, etc.], you NEED to give credit to the original source).
  • The readers of your work need citations to learn more about your ideas and where they came from.
  • Citing sources shows the amount of research you’ve done.
  • Citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas.

In-Text Citations

In-text citations give credit to sources in the body of your paper. Use in-text citations when paraphrasing, directly quoting, or using ideas from sources.

  • APA citation style uses the author-date method for in-text citations: Author(s)’ last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text.
  • Names may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase, but the date should always appear in the parentheses, not in the text of your sentence.
  • Include page numbers if you are directly quoting the material. 

See APA How to Format Citations and Helpful Tips

Reference List

Citations in the Reference List must correspond to in-text citations; The word or phrase you use in your in-text citations must be the first thing that appears on the left-hand margin of the corresponding entry in the Reference List.

See APA Sample Title Page and Reference List

Formatting

    • Separate page labeled “References,” double-spaced, same margins as rest of paper.
    • Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.

Author Names

    • Alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
    • Authors' names are inverted (last name, first initial).
    • List all authors of a particular work for up to and including seven authors. If the work has more than seven authors, list the first six authors and then use ellipses (...) after the sixth author's name. After the ellipses, list the last author's name of the work.

Capitalization and Punctuation

    • Capitalize only the first word of a title and subtitle and proper nouns (books, chapters, articles, web pages).
    • Italicize titles of longer works such as books and journals.
    • Do not italicize, underline, or put quotes around the titles of shorter works such as journal articles or essays in edited collections.

NoodleTools

Access NoodleTools

NoodleTools is a citation manager that can help you generate and format citations correctly.

  • Select the type of resource you are citing (article, book, website, etc.) and NoodleTools will prompt you to enter required information. A citation is then generated in your selected format.
  • NoodleTools requires an account, so every time you log in your citations will be saved for you.
  • When you are finished entering information, a reference list can be generated for you and exported to MS Word or Google Docs.

Citation Help

For more details and examples of APA citation style, visit the following websites:

Associations

American Solar Energy Society 
Established in 1954, the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that advocates for sustainable living and 100% renewable energy. ASES shares information, events and resources to cultivate community and power progress in the U.S. and beyond. As the U.S. section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), ASES works with individuals and groups around the world to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy and sustainable living society.

International Solar Energy Society (ISES) 
For over 60 years the members of The International Solar Energy Society (ISES )have undertaken the product research that has helped the renewable energy industry to grow. ISES, through its knowledge sharing and community building programs, helps its global membership provide the technical answers to accelerate the transformation to 100% renewable energy and thereby achieve the following vision: The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) envisions a world with 100% renewable energy for everyone used wisely and efficiently.

Smart Electric Power Alliance
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is a nonprofit organization that envisions a carbon-free energy system by 2050. We are one of many entities globally required to make this vision a reality.

Solar Energy Industries Association
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) is the driving force behind solar energy and is building a strong solar industry to power America  through advocacy and education. As the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, which employs more than 242,000 Americans, we represent all organizations that promote, manufacture, install and support the development of solar energy. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy.

Solar Rating & Certificate Corporation
The Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCC™) is the leading solar heating and cooling product certification program in North America, certifying to the requirements of International and Uniform Codes and Standards. ICC-SRCC is accredited to ISO/IEC 17065 and can offer listings to meet all manufacturers' compliance assessment needs. In addition, ICC-SRCC is licensed by the U.S. EPA to certify residential solar water heaters under the ENERGY STAR® program.


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