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.
- 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.
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.
- Measurement, instrumentation, and sensors handbook [electronic resource] : electromagnetic, optical, radiation, chemical, and biomedical measurement / edited by John G. Webster, Halit Eren.
- 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.
- Encyclopedia of mathematical physics [electronic resource] / editors Jean-Pierre Françoise, Gregory L. Naber, Tsou Sheung Tsun.
- Encyclopedia of medical devices and instrumentation [electronic resource] / edited by John G. Webster.
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 Functional Materials [electronic resource].
- ArXiv.org e-Print Archive
- CERN Preprints
- DOAJ -- Directory of Open Access Journals
- Institute of Physics conference series [electronic resource]: Earth and Environmental Science.
- Institute of Physics conference series [electronic resource]: Materials Science and Engineering.
- Materials Science and Engineering: R: Reports [electronic resource].
- Nature materials [electronic resource]. Peer Review
New scientist. [electronic resource]. Peer Review
Step #3: Find books on your topic to gain greater depth and understanding.
Books and Serials in Engineering Physics are filed at the following location in the Library of Congress system: QC1-999.
We welcome your purchase suggestions for books or other library materials you need for your study or research at Carleton.
Google Books > Engineering Physics
Suggested Subject Headings:
- Biomedical Physics
- Device Design and Development
- Micro-Electro-Mechanical Technologies
- Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity
- Photonic Components and Systems
- Process Engineering
- Simulation of Physical Devices, Systems and Components
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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)
- Advice on Research and Writing From CMU, primarily for computer scientists
- IEEE Citation Style Guide
- Writing Services
- Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students
- 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]