Tara [dot] Mawhinney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)• 514-398-4764
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- Open access resource
- Free resource
- In-library-use only
- Catalogue record
- Library workshop documentation
- Office hours
- Useful library resources
- Finding books
- Finding journal articles
- Obtaining materials that are not available at McGill
- Writing and referencing your paper
- Library resources for MECH 548.pdf
(slides from in-class presentation on Feb. 25, 2015)
- Guide to using EndNote (handout)
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:
- Tues. 11-12pm for the Winter 2016 semester
Useful library resources
Books on reserve
Here are books on short-term loan for MECH 548. You can find them by call number in Schulich Library.
|Biomaterials: an introduction||eBook|
|Encyclopedia of biomaterials and biomedical engineering||eBook|
|Handbook of biomaterial properties||eBook|
|Handbook of cellular metals production, processing, applications||eBook|
|Materials science and engineering: an introduction||Print book|
|Tissue engineering and novel delivery systems||eBook|
|Wiley encyclopedia of biomedical engineering||eBook|
Suggested subjects to search in the library catalogue:
- Aeronautics - Materials
- Aerospace engineering
- Airframes – Design and construction
- Biocompatible materials
- Biocompatible materials - therapeutic use
- Biomedical engineering
- Biomedical materials
- Biomedical technology
- Biomimetic materials
- Bone - mechanical properties
- Cellular materials
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:
- Web of Science – multidisciplinary
- Scopus – multidisciplinary
- Materials Research Database – for materials science, can be searched simultaneously with "Aerospace Database"
- Compendex – for all aspects of engineering
- Medline – Premier source for biomedical literature
- Aerospace Database – for aerospace, can be searched simultaneously with "Materials Research Database"
How to find articles using keyword searching in databases:
Sample search: trabecular bone AND lattice materials in Scopus
Ways to decrease results
Search words as a phrase
e.g. "trabecular bone" AND "lattice materials"
Combine additional terms with AND to generate fewer results
e.g. trabecular bone AND lattice materials AND regeneration
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. trabecular in title only
Ways to increase results
Search using fewer terms
e.g. trabecular bone
Use truncation to allow the terms to end in various ways
e.g. trabecular AND bone* AND material*
Use synonyms or similar concepts, combining them with OR to generate more results
e.g. trabecular AND (bone OR tissue) AND (lattice* OR crystal*) AND material*
Get new ideas for search terms
Use descriptors in the database (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.
|The Little, Brown essential handbook||Print book|
|The Little, Brown handbook||Print book|
|Making sense: a student's guide to research and writing : engineering and the technical sciences||Print book|
|Pocket book of technical writing for engineers and scientists||Print book|
|Style and ethics of communication in science and engineering||eBook|
|Writing research papers: a complete guide||Print book|
The Chicago Manual of Style
- The Chicago Manual of Style is available online through the McGill Library. The Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide is the easiest place to start. Click on the "author-date" tab for the style used by those in the physical, natural and social sciences.
- 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 also 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 at www.myendnoteweb.com.
- There are library workshops given on how to use this software effectively.