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Design process, project management, team dynamics and creative problem solving are four areas that are important to design.
To find information on your topic, you can: check reference books, e.g. subject specific encyclopedias; search the Library Catalogue for books; and do a targeted search for articles using research databases. These are discussed below in more detail.
- Start your research with the following handbooks and encyclopedias listed below:
Title Call number Design engineer's handbook Online Mechanical engineer's handbook Online Springer handbook of mechanical engineering Online Advanced engineering design Online Tool and manufacturing engineers handbook: a reference book for manufacturing engineers, managers, and technicians TS176 S63x 1976 Human factors design handbook: information and guidelines for the design of systems, facilities, equipment, and products for human use Ref TA166 W67 1992 How products are made : an illustrated guide to product manufacturing Ref TS170 H68 1994 Engineering design methods: strategies for product design Online Machinery’s handbook Online
- Use the Library catalogue to find books. For example:
- Do a keyword search: design process
- Find a good book, e.g. Engineering design process, TA174 H223 2003, and click on the title. You will see one subject heading listed in the LC subject field: Engineering design.
- Click on the subject heading link to retrieve more books about that subject.
- Search any of these research databases to find articles:
Most of the Library's licensed electronic resources, such as databases, full-text online journals and e-books, are restricted to McGill students, faculty, staff and other authorized users of the McGill Library. Find out about accessing the Library's online resources from on and off campus.
- Compendex - Covers all aspects of engineering
- Scopus - Multidisciplinary. Useful to see who has cited an article of interest to your topic
- Web of Science - Multidisciplinary. Useful to see who has cited an article of interest to your topic
- Aerospace Database - Covers aeronautics, astronautics, and space sciences
- Materials Research Database - Specialist content on materials science, metallurgy, ceramics, polymers, and composites used in engineering application
- Applied Science & Technology Full Text - Recommended for undergraduates, contains a lot of full text content in science and engineering
- MEDLINE - Premier source for biomedical literature
- ABI/Inform Global - Covers management science, and includes full-text for over 500 journals
- For example: Search Compendex.
- Search for: QFD optimizer
- Find the article by Moscowitz, Herbert and Kim, Kwang-Jae:
- "QFD optimizer: a novice friendly quality function deployment decision making support system for optimizing product designs" Computers and Industrial Engineering. v. 32 no 3, July 1997, p.641-655
- Click on "Detailed"; read the abstract. [Clicking on the Main heading, Controlled terms, and Uncontrolled terms links will give you more articles about those subjects.]
- Click on the "Find It McGill" link or the "Full-text" link to search for the article online.
- If you are not offered an article full-text through a research database, then search the catalogue. If we do not subscribe to the journal, then get it on Interlibrary Loan (ILL). There are no charges for ILL; McGill subsidizes this service.
Do not wait until it is too late for us to help you with ILL.
Specialized sources of information
Writing and referencing your research paper
Consult these resources for tips on how to write a research paper. Click on the call number to find out the McGill Library where the book is located.
|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||Online|
McGill Library's Research log is a good way to keep track of what research databases you searched, the search strategy you used and the results you found.
For other tools to help with writing, click here.
Also, try the McGill Writing Centre.
- Here is information on how to use the IEEE citation style, commonly used in engineering:
- Here is information on how to use the ASME citation style:
- 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 ASME style using the ASME output style modified from http://journaltool.asme.org/content/authorresources.cfm. For Windows: Open and save the .ens file in C:\Program files\EndNote\Styles.
For Macs: Open and save the .ens file in Applications:EndNote:Styles.
- 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.
- Detailed step-by-step Guide to Using EndNote (.pdf)
- Using EndNote Cite While You Write with OpenOffice.org Writer (handout)
Compiled by Marika Asimakopulos and updated by tara [dot] mawhinney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Tara Mawhinney.)