CCOM 206 Communication in Engineering

Liaison librarians

  • Giovanna.Badia [at] (Email) 514-398-7340
  • April.Colosimo [at] (Email) 514-398-4765
  • Tara.Mawhinney [at] (Email) 514-398-4764
  • Jennifer.Zhao [at] (Email) 514-398-1273

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Research Toolkit

Download the Research Toolkit in one of these formats:


Watch the short video below and fill in Step 1 and Step 2 of the Research Toolkit before attending the in-class lecture from the librarian.
YouTube video link (.mp4)


Finding journal articles: Recommended Core

Start your search in any one of these core databases:

  • Engineering database - Compendex
    comprehensive database providing references to journal articles and conference papers on all aspects of engineering
  • Multidisciplinary database - Scopus
    provides references to journal articles and conference papers, as well as information about how many times an article has been cited and who cited it; also contains references found in Compendex
  • Multidisciplinary database - Web of Science
    provides references to journal articles and conference papers, as well as contains information about how many times an article has been cited and who cited it

Finding journal articles: Supplementary

  • General science & technology database - Applied Science & Technology Full Text
    useful for finding articles on a topic in magazines and trade publications; these articles are written in a more general language, for the non-specialist reader
  • Multidisciplinary database - Google Scholar
    includes non-academic and non-peer-reviewed sources; you need to examine each search result to determine if it points to an appropriate academic source for your term paper
  • Electrical engineering & computer science database - IEEE Xplore
    provides full text journal articles, conference papers, online sources, standards and e-books in electrical and computer sciences, engineering, and related disciplines

All that you need is one good paper to help you find more - try these tips for expanding your search!

These databases are a selection of what is available to you.  Need more?  See subject guides for additional databases to search on your topic.

Find out about accessing the Library's online resources from on and off campus.

Obtaining materials that are not available at McGill

McGill students and staff may order articles and books not available at McGill using COLOMBO. Please do not wait until it is too late for us to help you with COLOMBO.

Finding background information

A general overview or summary of a topic can help you obtain a deeper understanding of your subject. Books are one source of topic overviews. 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:

Reading journal articles efficiently

Writing tools

Writing business plans

  • For help on how to write a business plan, see the Business Plans Handbook for sample plans (select 'Business' and then 'Business Plans Handbook' to access this resource).

EndNote citation software

  • 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 Web is 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.
  • There are library workshops given on how to use this software effectively.
  • A Guide to Using EndNote (PDF handout)

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