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HVAC/R: Research Tools

Periodicals: Magazines, Trade Journals, & Scholarly Journals

SCC Library has magazines, trade publications and other periodicals which students may borrow.

Many are also available online in the SCC Library databases, including ProQuest and ​Associates Programs Source Plus

Print periodicals in the library:

  • Popular Science
  • Popular Mechanics

Examples of periodicals in ProQuest:

  • Contractor
  • Heating, Plumbing, Air Conditioning
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Industrial Heating
  • Snips

Examples of periodicals in Associates Programs Source Plus:

  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration News
  • Process Cooling and Equipment
  • Reeves Journal: Plumbing, Heating, Cooling
  • Heating and Ventilation Review
  • Industrial Heating
  • Process Heating
  • Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Engineering

Searching for Articles in Library Databases

Search in SCC library databases for articles on topics of your choice.

Search tips:

  • KEYWORDS: Use keywords in your searching. Select words you predict will appear in an article title or description.
  • PHRASES: Use phrase searching for a phrase of two words or more. Enclose a phrase in quotation marks.
  • TRUNCATION: Truncate search terms using an asterisk. For example, the search term:  fabricat*  will retrieve instances of any word starting with f-a-b-r-i-c-a-t, like fabricate, fabricator, fabricating, etc.
  • BOOLEAN OPERATORS: Combine multiple search concepts using Boolean terms: AND, OR, NOT

Example searches:


hvac AND recycling

hvac AND "energy efficiencey"

"employee retention"

"employee retention" AND hvac*

"hvac industry" AND trend*

"ecm technology" and hvac*

Use search words and phrases you think will be in the article title, description, or full-text

refrigeration AND repair

"air conditioning" AND compressor AND maintenance

hvac AND trends

"leak detection"

"Air conditioning industry"

refrigerants AND "safety measures"



Article examples for in-class demonstration

Example search in ProQuest: hvac AND reuse

  • narrow date
  • select only: trade journals

Example article:


Example search in Associates Programs Source Plus: hvac AND trends

  • narrow date 

Example article:

Books and eBooks

HVAC book cover art    HVAC Licensing book cover art   

Use the library Search to find books on specific subjects. You'll find print books and some ebooks.

  • Books that check out are on the library 2nd floor. 
  • Reference books are on the 1st floor. They're a great starting place for research.
  • Partner Libraries search will find books at Gonzaga and other area college libraries.

Your SCC Library has books on these subjects and more:

  • Heating and ventilation industry
  • Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Ventilation

And Reference books like:

  • Handbook of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (Wang, 1993)
  • How Products Are Made: An Illustrated Guide to Product Manufacturing
  • International Building Code

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) is an SCC Library database (accessible from home with SID). Here are just a few ebook titles you'll find in our SCC Library Catalog and in this database:

  • HVAC Fundamentals
  • Fundamentals of HVAC Systems
  • Managing Indoor Air Quality
  • Indoor Air Quality Case Studies Reference Guide
  • Ventilation and Airflow in Buildings: Methods for Diagnosis and Evaluation
  • Encyclopedia of Network Blueprints

Tips about Searching for HVAC/R Articles in Library Databases

 Which term should I use for HVAC?

Because the term HVAC/R can be written in a variety of ways (HVAC-R, HVACR, etc.) it's a good strategy to use a search technique called truncation when searching for periodical articles in library databases.

Databases like ProQuest and Associates Programs Source Plus allow this type of advanced searching where typing:


will retrieve articles containing any word in the article which starts with the spelling h-v-a-c. (The asterisk acts as a wildcard.)

Try a variety of search terms