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Biomedical engineering

Liaison librarian

  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

Useful resources

Background resources
Clinical engineering handbook
A dictionary of biomedicine
Encyclopedia of biomaterials and biomedical engineering
Principles of biomedical engineering
Wiley encyclopedia of biomedical engineering

Finding books

Search the library catalogue to find academic books and book chapters related to your topic. Remember that you will often have to search for words that are broader than your question. You can also search by combining keywords, for example biomaterials AND "tissue regeneration".

Finding articles

Core databases

  • PubMed - primary database for biomedical literature
  • Compendex – for all aspects of engineering
  • IEEE - database for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers publications
  • Materials Research Database with METADEX - primary database for materials engineering
  • SciFinder - primary database for chemistry and biochemistry (registration required)
  • NCBI - the National Center for Biotechnology Information's suite of linked bioinformatics databases
  • Web of Science – multidisciplinary
  • Scopus – multidisciplinary

Additional databases

Search tips

Boolean operator AND e.g. biomechanic AND knee  will retrieve articles containing both words, biomechanics AND knee in the title or abstract; this will decrease your search results
Boolean operator OR e.g. knee OR shoulder will retrieve articles with either knee OR shoulder in the title or abstract; this will increase your search results
Phrase searching "___" e.g. "risk factor" will retrieve records containing the phrase risk factor
Truncation */? e.g. injur* will retrieve references containing the words injury, injuries, etc.
  • Get new ideas for search terms by looking at the words used to describe articles you've found

Getting material not available at McGill

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

There are no charges for requesting items through Colombo.

Please note that it takes time to recieve items from other libraries, so do not wait until it is too late to submit your request!

Writing and referencing your paper

Citation Management Software

The Library currently supports two citation management softwares; EndNote and Refworks, however, other tools are also available.  These tools will help you keep track of your research and create bilbiographies.  If you are not sure which one to use, take a look at this comparison chart.  There are library workshops given on how to use these softwares effectively.

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