This subject guide will assist you in finding books, journal articles, and websites, as well as assist you in developing your research skills.
Step #1: Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.
Sources of Information
- Publication Cycle (Engineering & Science): to find primary and secondary sources of information, use tertiary sources of information: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks. When a researcher publishes material, they follow the cycle clockwise. To find primary and secondary sources, follow the cycle anti clockwise.
- 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
- Take notes during your research to keep track of where you have been, keywords searched, what worked and what didn't, etc.
- Google search secrets [electronic resource] / Christa Burns and Michael P. Sauers.
- Encyclopedia of products & industries--manufacturing [electronic resource] / Patricia J. Bungert, Arsen J. Darnay, editors.
- A dictionary of architecture and landscape architecture [electronic resource] / James Stevens Curl.
- A dictionary of biomedicine [electronic resource] / John Lackie.
- Adhesives technology handbook [electronic resource] / edited by Sina Ebnesajjad.
- Building integrated photovoltaics [electronic resource] : a handbook / Simon Roberts & Nicolò Guariento.
- Civil engineering formulas [electronic resource] / Tyler G. Hicks.
- Engineering documentation control handbook [electronic resource] : configuration management in industry / Frank B. Watts.
- Gas turbine engineering handbook [electronic resource] / Meherwan P. Boyce.
- Handbook of alternative fuel technologies [electronic resource] / Sunggyu Lee, James G. Speight, Sudarshan K. Loyalka.
- Handbook on decision making. Vol 1, Techniques and applications [electronic resource] / Lakhmi C. Jain and Chee Peng Lim (Eds.).
- Handbook on Decision Making Vol 2: Risk Management in Decision Making Lu, Jie. author.; Jain, Lakhmi C. author.; Zhang, Guangquan. author.;
- The petroleum engineering handbook [electronic resource] : sustainable operations / [M.I. Khan and M.R. Islam].
Step #2: Once your topic is narrowly defined, select databases to find specific articles that have been published in journals.
- EI Engineering Village
- IEEE Xplore Digital Library
- Advanced Engineering Informatics [electronic resource].
- Applied mathematical modelling [electronic resource].
- Archives of computational methods in engineering.
- Bioinspiration & biomimetics [electronic resource]. Peer Reviewed
- Combustion and flame. Peer Reviewed
- Composites Part B: Engineering [electronic resource].
- Computer methods in applied mechanics and engineering. Peer Reviewed
- Design studies.
- Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements [electronic resource].
- Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence [electronic resource].
- IEEE transactions on industry applications.
- International journal for numerical methods in engineering. Peer Reviewed
- International journal of engineering science [electronic resource].
- ISA Transactions [electronic resource]. Peer Reviewed
- Journal of engineering design [electronic resource].
- Journal of the Franklin Institute.
- Precision Engineering [electronic resource].
- Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization [electronic resource].
- Structural health monitoring [electronic resource].
Step #3: Find books on your topic to gain greater depth and understanding.
Google Books >Engineering (General)
Google Books >Technology (General)
Books and Serials on Engineering (General) and Civil Engineering (General) are shelved at these locations in the Library of Congress system: TA1-2040.
Books and Serials on Technology (General) are shelved at these locations in the Library of Congress system: T1-995.
We welcome your suggestions for books or other library materials you need for your study or research at Carleton.
Suggested Subject Headings:
- Advanced Materials and Systems
- Biomedical Engineering
- Communication Networks and Systems
- Computers and Intelligent Systems
- Design and Cultural Context
- Engineering Mathematics
- Human Interaction with the Environment
- Transportation Systems
Fulltext eBook Collections:
Step #4: Write down or store all the references you have consulted to include them in your bibliography of your research paper (e.g., Mendeley)
Writing and Research
- Advice on Research and Writing From CMU, primarily for computer scientists
- IEEE Citation Style Guide
- Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students
- Writing Services
- Annual Reviews Online / Authoritative, analytic reviews in 34 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences. They synthesize the vast amount of primary research literature and identify the principal contributions in each field.
- The Oxford guide to library research [electronic resource] / Thomas Mann.
- Selected Links to Resources on Writing a Literature Review [internet]
- Civil Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
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