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Chemical engineering


Liaison librarian

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

Where to Find Background Information

If you are not sure what your topic is all about, start with:

Key sources

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

Handbooks (includes data tables)

Where to Find References to Journal Articles (Core)

  • Compendex
    primary database for all branches of engineering
  • Web of Science
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
    use for topics dealing with the environment
  • SciFinder
    provides references to the chemical literature, including substance and reaction information; useful for finding the experimental properties of substances
  • PubMed (also known as Medline)
    covers the health sciences literature; use for bioengineering topics
  • Scopus

Additional Sources for Finding References to Journal Articles


Where to Find Patents

  • Derwent Innovations Index (same search screen as Web of Science)
    primary resource used when searching for patents on a topic; includes inventions from 40 international patent-issuing organizations
  • Google Patents
    includes patents and applications from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

How to Locate Books or the Full Text of References

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

The library has two versions of its catalogue.  Search the McGill WorldCat Catalogue to find books or journals, whether in print or electronic format.  Search the McGill Classic Catalogue to find course reserves, as well as books or journals in our print collection.

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

To request an inter-library loan:
1- Visit http://www.mcgill.ca/library/services/otherloans/interlibrary  
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.

Selected Internet Sites for Chemical Engineering

Other Internet Resources


Liaison librarian

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

Library lecture/workshop materials

Slides & Notes

Handouts & Other Materials


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