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 FIND AN ARTICLE: SEARCH THE LIBRARY’S DATABASES

These databases are either tailored to your subject or they provide coverage over a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Before you start, you might take a look at some tips on searching databases.

  • Academic Search Complete: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 9,000 journals, including more than 7,800 peer-reviewed titles.
  • Computer Source: Access to full text articles for nearly 300 publications and abstracts for nearly 450 publications focused on high technology
  • Military and Government Collection: Cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and abstracts for nearly 400 titles pertaining to all branches of the military and government, including developments in technology and engineering
  • Vocational and Career Collection: Offers full text coverage for nearly 350 trade periodicals for various industries, including high-tech fields

 FIND A BOOK: ONLINE OR IN THE LIBRARY

If you can't go the library's stacks, check out our collection of online reference books:

  • Credo Reference Online: Access to more than 700 reference books, including general and specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries for overviews on topics If you can visit the library, it's easy to browse our collection because we organize books by their subject:
Organizing Books By Subject
SUBJECT CALL NUMBER HEADING
Engineering (General). Civil engineering. TA
Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering. TC
Environmental engineering. TD
Highway engineering. Road and pavement. TE
Mechanical engineering and machinery TJ
Electrical engineering. Electronics. TK
Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. TL
Mining engineering. Metallurgy. TN
Photography. TR
Manufactures. TS
Handicrafts. TT

 

 FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY

  • Engineer’s Edge: Provides articles, reviews, news, and community forums to discuss issues related to several branches of engineering, drafting, and design
  • Efunda: Offers explanations of fundamental concepts in engineering, including definitions of materials, conversion tables, formulas, and a design center
  • Science and Engineering Encyclopedia: Provides definitions of common terms and concepts used in engineering in an alphabetized or categorized list
  • IEEE: The home page of a national organization for engineers that provides news and information about the association and its developments
  • How Products are Made: Provides information on the manufacturing of many products, including common items, heavy machinery, and electronics, in seven online volumes
  • Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th century: Provides a detailed history of 20 milestone developments in engineering and their impact on the world

 FIND A PRINT JOURNAL: READ THE LATEST ISSUES

The library subscribes to magazines and journals that are related to your field. Head to Tioga 2 and browse through some of these journals:

  • Technology Review
  • Scientific American
  • New Scientist

 CITATION GUIDES: CREATE A BIBLIOGRAPHY

Whether you use websites, electronic journals, reference books, or print resources, you will need a bibliography. Here's some information on how to cite your sources:

  • Avoid inadvertent plagiarism: It's possible to copy from a source and not even know that you've done anything wrong.
  • KnightCite: This great site formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
  • Guide to the MLA style:The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
  • Guide for the APA style: The APA-style is generally used for papers written in the social sciences, especially psychology.

FIND MORE HELP: USE COLLEGE RESOURCES

Don't hesitate to talk to a librarian, a tutor, or your instructor when conducting research. Make the most of these resources!

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