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Finding Background Information

Search the library catalogue to find books on your topic, whether in print or electronic format.

You can also search electronic book collections for topic overviews. Any of the following e-book collections will allow you to search for your topic within the chapters of hundreds of engineering textbooks and download relevant content:

Finding References to Journal Articles

Database Name:

Subjects Covered:
Materials Sciences

Physical & Life Sciences
Social Sciences
Arts & Humanities

Physical & Life Sciences
Social Sciences
Arts & Humanities

Search Tips – Basic Principles of Online Searching

1-    Define your question.
       e.g., Which polymer composites are the most effective to use for making tires that increase an automobile's speed?

2-    Identify the appropriate source(s) to search.
       e.g., Materials Research Database (see above for list of possible databases)

3-    Break down the question into its separate concepts.
       e.g., Which polymer composites are the most effective to use for making tires that increase an automobile's speed? 

4-    Search each concept separately.
       Consider synonyms/related terms for each concept (e.g., automobiles OR cars) and variant word endings (e.g., speed* for speed, speeds, speeding).

5-    Combine search terms (AND/OR).
       e.g., polymer* composite* AND (tire OR tires) AND (automobile* OR car OR cars) AND speed*

6-    If too many results, consider applying limits.
       e.g., limit search results to references published in the past 5 years

7-    Evaluate your results & modify your search strategy if necessary.
       e.g., look at the title, abstract, author keywords, or subject headings of a relevant result to pick out additional terms that you can use to revise your search

Obtaining Items Not Available at the McGill Library

McGill students and staff may order articles and books that are not available at McGill using our inter-library loan system, Colombo.  Please do not wait until it is too late for us to help you with Colombo.

To request an inter-library loan:
1- Visit http://www.mcgill.ca/library/services/otherloans/interlibrary 
2- Log in to Colombo using your McGill username and password.
3- Click on the "Create Request" link on the left-hand side of the page. 
4- Complete the online form.  Enter as much information as you have about the article or book.  If you need to leave some fields blank, do not worry about it.
5- Select a "Pickup Location" at the bottom of the form.  It is a required field on the form, even though you will be receiving a digital copy if you are requesting a journal article or book chapter.
6- Click on the "Request" button.  You will see a confirmation message.  Remember to sign out of Colombo.

Citing Your Sources

Using the EndNote software

EndNote is computer software that allows you to save references from database and web searches, organize your references into different folders, and cite references within a text document and automatically create a bibliography.  McGill students and staff can download the software for free. 

A Guide to Using EndNote (handout)

There are library workshops given throughout the year on how to use this software effectively.

Using the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Citation Style

Quoting, Paraphrasing, & Summarizing Correctly


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