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CIVE 432 - Technical Paper

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  • Tara [dot] Mawhinney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4764
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Office hours

Office hours are held in Room 206 on the main floor of Schulich Library. Please tara [dot] mawhinney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email me) to make other arrangements if you are not available at the following time:

  • Tuesdays, 11-12pm for the winter 2016 semester

Useful reference sources


Title Format
Civil engineer's reference book eBook
Dictionary of civil engineering English-French eBook
Eshbach's handbook of engineering fundamentals eBook
Van Nostrand's scientific encyclopedia eBook

Environmental engineering

Title Format
Dictionary of environmental science and engineering Print
Environmental engineers' handbook eBook
Sustainable development for engineers: a handbook and resource guide eBook

Geotechnical engineering

Title Format
Geotechnical earthquake engineering eBook
Geotechnical engineering investigation handbook Print

Hydraulic and water resources engineering

Title Format
Dictionary of water and waste management, second edition eBook | Print
Encyclopedia of hydrological sciences eBook
Handbook of water and wastewater treatment technologies eBook
Water encyclopedia eBook

Structural engineering

Title format
Structural engineering handbook Print
Handbook of construction tolerances eBook

Transportation engineering

Title Format
Handbook of transport systems and traffic control Print
Handbook of transportation engineering Print

Finding books

Suggested subjects to search in the library catalogue:

You can replicate these results by going to the Advanced Search and typing words into the Subject field.

To refine any of these searches, type additional words into your search.

Finding journal articles

Useful databases for finding journal articles:

How to find articles using keyword searching in databases:

Sample search: biodiesel fuel AND energy source in Scopus

Ways to decrease results

  • Search words as a phrase

    e.g. "biodiesel fuel" AND "energy source"

  • Combine additional terms with AND to generate fewer results

    e.g. "biodiesel fuel" AND "energy source" AND soybean

  • Select one of the database's limit types

    e.g. publication type, language, publication date

  • Search for words only in a particular field

    e.g. biodiesel AND energy in article title only

Ways to increase results

  • Search using fewer terms

    e.g. biodiesel AND energy

  • Use truncation to allow the terms to end in various ways

    e.g. biodiesel AND soybean*

  • Use synonyms or similar concepts, combining them with OR to generate more results

    e.g. (biodiesel OR biofuel) AND (energy OR heating)

Get new ideas for search terms

  • Use descriptors in the database if they are available (also called subjects, controlled vocabulary or controlled terms)

Obtaining materials that are not available at McGill

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

There are no charges for ordering through COLOMBO; McGill subsidizes these services.

Please do not wait until it is too late for us to help you with COLOMBO.

Writing and referencing your paper

Consult these resources for tips on how to write a research paper. Click on the call number to find out where the book is located.

Title Format
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association Print
The Elements of style eBook | Print
Engineers' guide to technical writing eBook
The Little, Brown essential handbook Print
The Little, Brown handbook Print

Making sense: a student's guide to research and writing : engineering and the technical sciences

Pocket book of technical writing for engineers and scientists Print
Style and ethics of communication in science and engineering eBook
Writing research papers: a complete guide Print

Writing Tools


You can use APA citation style for your paper. For information on how to cite using APA, please consult the following sources:

EndNote citation software

You can download EndNote citation management software for free. With this software you can get references directly from many databases. There are library workshops given on how to use this software effectively:


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