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Chemical engineering


Liaison librarian

  • Giovanna [dot] Badia [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-7340
  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

Where to Find Background Information

If you are not sure what your topic is all about, look it up in a dictionary or encyclopedia. Start with:

Key sources

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

Handbooks (includes data tables)

Where to Find References to Journal Articles (Core)

  • Compendex
    primary database for all branches of engineering
  • Web of Science
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
    use for topics dealing with the environment
  • SciFinder
    provides references to the chemical literature, including substance and reaction information; useful for finding the experimental properties of substances
  • PubMed (also known as Medline)
    covers the health sciences literature; use for bioengineering topics
  • Scopus

Additional Sources for Finding References to Journal Articles


Where to Find Patents

  • Derwent Innovations Index (same search screen as Web of Science)
    primary resource used when searching for patents on a topic; includes inventions from 40 international patent-issuing organizations
  • Google Patents
    includes patents and applications from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

How to Locate Books or the Full Text of References

Look for the Find Full Text button when searching databases.  Click on this button to link to our catalogue.

The library has two versions of its catalogue.  Search the McGill WorldCat Catalogue or the McGill Classic Catalogue to find books or journals, whether in print or electronic format.

How to Obtain Materials not available at McGill

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.

Selected Internet Sites for Chemical Engineering

Other Internet Resources


Liaison librarian

  • Giovanna [dot] Badia [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-7340
  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

Library lecture/workshop materials

Slides & Notes

  • CHEE 291: Instrumentation and Measurement 1Details
  • CHEE 456: Design Project 1 (library course guide)
  • CHEE/CIVE 521: Nanomaterials and the Aquatic Environment Details
    --- Literature Searching for your Critical Review
    (CHEE/CIVE 521 lecture slides with audio files, .pptx format - Jan. 2014)
    --- Literature Searching for your Critical Review
    (CHEE/CIVE 521 lecture slides only, .pdf format - Jan. 2014)
  • CHEE 563: Biofluids and Cardiovascular MechanicsDetails
  • CHEE 582: Polymer Science & Engineering Details

    Summary of CHEE 582 Library Workshop (Feb. 2014)

    1- To learn more about a topic, search Knovel (a collection of engineering and science e-books) to obtain an overview of the topic.

    2- Search Compendex, Web of Science, and/or Scopus to find references to peer-reviewed, scholarly journal articles on a topic.

    3- Tips for creating an effective search strategy:
    ---  Identify the main concepts of your research topic.
    e.g., use of polysaccharides to improve drug delivery for cancer patients
    ---  Think of synonyms for each concept or brainstorm different ways that an author might have expressed each concept (e.g., cancer, neoplasm), and use the * symbol to account for variant word endings (cancer* = cancer, cancers, cancerous).
    --- Combine your words using the OR and AND search commands.  First, use OR to combine your synonyms for an individual concept.  Second, use AND to combine your different concepts.

    Sample search in Compendex

    --- Too many search results? Consider adding another concept to your search (e.g., hydrogels) or applying limits (e.g., English language articles published from 2009-2014).
    --- Too few search results? Consider adding more synonyms for each of the concepts in your search strategy or search another database.

    4- Click on the “Full Full Text” button to access the complete text of an article in Compendex, Web of Science, and/or Scopus.  If a journal article or book is not available electronically or in print at the McGill Library, request an interlibrary loan.

    5- You can export your database search results to EndNote, and use EndNote to cite your references in your term paper and automatically create a bibliography in whatever style you choose.  See A Guide to Using EndNote handout for more details.

    6- To avoid unintentional plagiarism, remember to cite a source when you quote or paraphrase someone else’s idea.  See links below for more information:
    --- You Quote It, You Note It! (tutorial from Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University)
    --- Integrating Sources: The Nuts & Bolts of Integrating (discusses how to differentiate between your ideas and those of your sources in your paper; guide from the Harvard College Writing Program)

  • Researching and Citing for Your Technical Paper
    (workshop slides - Jan. 2014)

Handouts & Other Materials

Citing Your Sources

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