CCOM 206 Communication in Engineering
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Watch this short video and fill in Step 1 and Step 2 of the Research Toolkit before attending the in-class lecture from the librarian.
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YouTube video link (.mp4)
On this page
- Finding journal articles
- Search tips
- Obtaining materials that are not available at McGill
- Reading journal articles efficiently
- Writing tools
- Writing business plans
- EndNote citation software
Finding journal articles
Subject guides are a great place to find subject-specific databases but here are good places to start:
- Aerospace Database
(covers aeronautics, astronautics and space sciences)
(comprehensive database providing references to journal articles and conference papers on all aspects of engineering)
- Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
(provides comprehensive coverage of environmental sciences, ecology, water pollution, water resource issues, etc.)
- 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)
- IEEE Xplore
(provides full text journal articles, conference papers, online sources, standards and e-books in electrical and computer sciences, engineering, and related disciplines)
- Materials Research Database
(provides references to journal articles, conference papers, technical reports, trade journal/newsletter items, patents, books, and press releases about materials science, metallurgy, ceramics, polymers, and composites used in engineering applications)
(also known as Medline, this database provides comprehensive coverage of journal articles in the life sciences)
(multidisciplinary database that provides references to journal articles and conference papers, as well as information (back to 1996) about how many times an article has been cited and who cited it; also contains references found in Compendex and Medline/PubMed)
- Web of Science
(multidisciplinary database that 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)
Find out about accessing the Library's online resources from on and off campus.
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|Phrase searching||“___”||e.g. "crude oil" will retrieve records containing the phrase crude oil|
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.
- Reading & Critiquing Research Articles (lecture slides)
- Checklist for Reading & Thinking Critically about Research Articles (handout)
- How to Read a Scientific Paper (Quick tutorial from Purdue University)
- Anatomy of a Scholarly Article (NCSU Libraries)
- Citation guides:
- IEEE Editorial Style Manual (PDF)
- Citing Sources in APA (Purdue University)
- APA Style (official website)
- Annotated Bibliographies (Purdue University)
- Routes of Writing (McGill University)
- 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).
- Visit the Business plans subject guide for a list of other useful resources on business plans.
- 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 (updated and expanded handout)