Welcome to the library resource guide for Engineering Physics 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.

Handbooks

Dictionaries

  • Gaither's dictionary of scientific quotations [electronic resource] : a collection of quotations pertaining to archaeology, architecture, astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, cosmology, Darwinism, death, engineering, geology, life, mathematics, medicine, nature, nursing, paleontology, philosophy, physics, probability, science, statistics, technology, theory, universe, and zoology / Carl C. Gaither and Alma E. Cavazos-Gaither.

Encyclopedias

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

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Recommended Books: 

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

  • Googlepedia [electronic resource]: the ultimate Google resource / Michael Miller.
  • Google Books > Engineering Physics

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  • Books in Engineering Physics are filed at the following location in the Library of Congress system QC1-999. New titles.

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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.

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.
  • 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 Help

Literature Reviews

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  • 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.