Communication Courses for Disciplines and Professions (CCDP)

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Welcome to the library course guide for Communication Skills for Engineering Students at Carleton University!

Reference Materials 

Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.


Find books on your topic to gain greater depth and understanding. 

Selected Journals


Once your topic is narrowly defined, select databases to find specific articles that have been published in journals.

These databases are great places to look to find information about Technical Communication.  Check out the Databasespage to see a full list of databases.

  • Communication and Mass Media Complete Index of research in areas related to communication and mass media.
  • Business Source Complete Database [electronic resource] This is IIT's largest business-subject database; it contains more than 2300 academic journals, trade publications, popular magazines and newspapers, most of them in full-text.
  • IEEE Xplore Digital Library [electronic resource] Access the full text of publications from the IEEE and the IEE.
  • ACM digital library database [electronic resource] - Association for Computing Machinery Online repository of papers and publications from the ACM, covering all aspects of computing.
  • Dissertations & theses Full text [electronic resource] Online database of doctoral dissertations and master's theses.
  • SpringerLink Online access to journals published by Springer.
  • ERIC [electronic resource] : Education Resources Information Center. Comprehensive database of information and literature on all aspects of education.
  • SAGE knowledge : encyclopedias.Online versions of over 60 encyclopedias related to social sciences, psychology, and business.
  • LISTA -Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts Index of academic literature related to information science and librarianship


Writing & Citing 

Write down or store all the references you have consulted to include them in the bibliography of your research paper (e.g., Mendeley).

Search Tips

  • Begin by defining exactly what you are searching for.
  • Select the keywords/synonyms in your topic.
  • Be specific when determining keywords/synonyms and terms to search.
  • Use the advanced interface of electronic databases and Internet search engines to help narrow your search
  • Limit results in electronic databases to full-text or peer reviewed journals only
  • Use Boolean Operators to connect search terms (Click for a brief explanation of Boolean Operators)
  • Take notes during your research to keep track of where you have been, keywords searched, what worked and what didn't, etc.
  • Googlepedia [electronic resource]: the ultimate Google resource / Michael Miller.
  • Google search secrets [electronic resource] / Christa Burns and Michael P. Sauers.
Content last reviewed: July 12, 2018