Engineering (General)

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This subject guide will assist you in finding books, journal articles, and websites, as well as assist you in developing your research skills.

Welcome to the library subject  guide for Engineering (General) at Carleton University. Scroll down to the Reference Materials section to find encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks. 

Reference Materials: 

Get background information from handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries.





Database Annotations: 

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

Key Databases: 

Additional Databases: 

Select Journals: 

Recommended Books: 

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

  • Google Books >Engineering (General)
  • Books and Serials on Engineering (General) and Civil Engineering (General) are shelved at these locations in the Library of Congress system: TA1-2040. New titles.
  • Books and Serials on Technology (General) are shelved at these locations in the Library of Congress system: T1-995. New titles.

Suggested Subject Headings: 

Fulltext eBook Collections: 

Primary Sources

  • 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 (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.
  • Google search secrets [electronic resource] / Christa Burns and Michael P. Sauers.

More Writing & Citing Resources: 

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 

Literature Reviews

Internet resource:

Online book:


  • 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.




​Civil Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

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Content last reviewed: September 24, 2018