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MECH 393, 463, 494 – Design

Liaison librarian

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

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.

Doing research

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Search any of these research databases to find articles:
    • 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
    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.
  • 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 Find it bullet. 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.

Title Call number
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.

Citation styles

  • Here is information on how to use the ASME citation style:



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Compiled by Marika Asimakopulos and updated by tara [dot] mawhinney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Tara Mawhinney.)

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