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CIVE 432 - Technical Paper

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  • Tara [dot] Mawhinney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4764
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Office hours

Office hours are held in Room 206 on the main floor of Schulich Library. Please tara [dot] mawhinney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email me) to make other arrangements if you are not available at the following time:

  • Tuesdays, 11-12pm for the fall 2014 semester

Useful reference sources


Title Location
Civil engineer's reference book eBook
Dictionary of civil engineering English-French eBook
Eshbach's handbook of engineering fundamentals eBook
Van Nostrand's scientific encyclopedia eBook

Environmental engineering

Title Location
Dictionary of environmental science and engineering Reference GE10 P43 2008
Environmental engineers' handbook eBook
Sustainable development for engineers: a handbook and resource guide eBook

Geotechnical engineering

Title Location
Geotechnical earthquake engineering eBook
Geotechnical engineering investigation handbook TA705 H86 2005

Hydraulic and water resources engineering

Title Location
Dictionary of water and waste management, second edition eBook | Reference TD9 S37 2002
Encyclopedia of hydrological sciences eBook
Handbook of water and wastewater treatment technologies eBook
Water encyclopedia eBook

Structural engineering

Title Location
Structural engineering handbook TA635 S77 1997
Handbook of construction tolerances eBook

Transportation engineering

Title Location
Handbook of transport systems and traffic control TA1151 H36 2001
Handbook of transportation engineering TA1151 H34 2004

Finding books

Suggested subjects to search in the library catalogue:

You can replicate these results by going to the Advanced Search and typing words into the Subject field.

To refine any of these searches, type additional words into your search.

Finding journal articles

Useful databases for finding journal articles:

How to find articles using keyword searching in databases:

Sample search: biodiesel fuel AND energy source in Scopus

Ways to decrease results

  • Search words as a phrase

    e.g. "biodiesel fuel" AND "energy source"

  • Combine additional terms with AND to generate fewer results

    e.g. "biodiesel fuel" AND "energy source" AND soybean

  • Select one of the database's limit types

    e.g. publication type, language, publication date

  • Search for words only in a particular field

    e.g. biodiesel AND energy in article title only

Ways to increase results

  • Search using fewer terms

    e.g. biodiesel AND energy

  • Use truncation to allow the terms to end in various ways

    e.g. biodiesel AND soybean*

  • Use synonyms or similar concepts, combining them with OR to generate more results

    e.g. (biodiesel OR biofuel) AND (energy OR heating)

Get new ideas for search terms

  • Use descriptors in the database if they are available (also called subjects, controlled vocabulary or controlled terms)

Obtaining materials that are not available at McGill

McGill students and staff may order articles and books not available at McGill using COLOMBO (interlibrary loan).

There are no charges for ordering through COLOMBO; McGill subsidizes these services.

Please do not wait until it is too late for us to help you with COLOMBO.

Writing and referencing your paper

Consult these resources for tips on how to write a research paper. Click on the call number to find out where the book is located.

Title Call number
The ACS style guide: effective communication of scientific information eBook
The Elements of style eBook | PE1408 S772 2007
The Little, Brown essential handbook PE1112 A27 2008
The Little, Brown handbook Reference PE1112 F685 2011

Making sense: a student's guide to research and writing : engineering and the technical sciences

T11 N675 2012
Pocket book of technical writing for engineers and scientists T11 F53 2000
Style and ethics of communication in science and engineering eBook
Writing research papers: a complete guide LB2369 L4 2012

Writing Tools


  • You can download EndNote citation management software for free. With this software you can get references directly from many databases, such as Web of Science.
  • EndNote can automate the formatting of your references in ACS (American Chemical Society) style.  The ACS Style Guide can be found here.  A custom output style (CIVE 432 2014.ens) has been made for this course that has modified it to be an Author-Date style instead of a Numbered style:
  • For Windows: Save the .ens file to your downloads.  Next, copy and paste the file to C:\Program files\EndNote\Styles.
  • For Macs: Save the .ens file in Applications:EndNote:Styles.
  • NEW! The CIVE 432 output style file is now loaded on the library computers in Room 313 (level 3) of Schulich Library.

  • Please note, use Firefox as your browser for best results when using EndNote on a Mac.
  • EndNote Web is now available at McGill University. To access EndNote Web you need to create a personal account. You may sign up for an account with your McGill email address at www.myendnoteweb.com.
  • There are library workshops given on how to use this software effectively.


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