CHEE 456 - Design Project 1

Liaison librarian

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

Finding overviews of topics

Search for a topic in hundreds of physical science & engineering textbooks by accessing the following e-book collections:

Search the McGill Library Catalogue to find books, whether in print or electronic format.

Finding government safety regulations

Finding standards

  • ASTM - Annual Book of American Society for Testing and Materials Standards
    ASTM Catalog: search the catalog to find the volume number in which a standard can be found
    2012 print edition of the ASTM standards can be found on the main level (2nd floor) of the Schulich Library, call number: TA 401 A653
  • IEEE Standards available online starting in 1988
  • IHS Store – lists standards in its catalogue from all over the world

Finding references to peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles

Database Name: 

Subjects Covered:


Physical & Life Sciences
Social Sciences
Arts & Humanities
Visit the Chemical Engineering subject guide for a list of other databases you can search.

Most databases support the AND/OR search command and the * for variant word endings.  One exception to this is SciFinder, which is useful for finding the experimental properties of substances.  For more information about searching SciFinder, contact Giovanna.

Search tips – Basic principles of online searching

CHEE Research Toolkit (handout)

Enter one concept per search box.  If searching a database with only one search box, add parentheses around the synonyms for each concept.  Combine your synonyms with OR and your separate concepts with AND.  The parentheses act like a separate search box, e.g., (hospital* OR health care OR clinic* OR medical) AND (waste OR disposal OR hazardous material*) AND (infectio* OR communicable disease*).  See below for the steps to online searching.

1-    Define your question.
       e.g., Is pyrolysis an effective method for recycling scrap rubber?

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

3-    Break down the question into its separate concepts.
       e.g., Is pyrolysis an effective method for recycling scrap rubber?

4-    Brainstorm synonyms.
       Consider synonyms/related terms for each concept (e.g., rubber OR tires) and variant word endings (e.g., recycl* for recycle, recycles, recycling, recyclable, recyclables).

5-    Combine search terms (AND/OR).
       e.g., pyrolysis AND recycl* AND (rubber OR tires)

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

Locating the full text of references

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

Obtaining 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.  To request an inter-library loan:

1- Visit  
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.

Using EndNote to cite your references


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