- New Spice — Study like a scholar, scholar
- Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the earth yet?
- What does Facebook publish about you and your friends?
FREE Citation Management Software
- For bibliographies: various style guides and the Landmark Citation Machine.
- RefWorks site (Login) can help you manage your footnotes & bibliography on the web. Easy to use, interfaces directly with MS Word to create footnotes & bibliographies
- FAQ and Instructions for various databases
- For off campus use, get the York group code here.
- Key points:
- Don’t forget to install Write-n-Cite on your PC. It’s in the Tools menu
- Also don’t forget to move items out of the “Last Imported” folder into the folder you create for your course
- Scientific publication cycle
- Peer review: researchers validating each others work before publication
- Kinds of documents:
- patents: government granted license to an invention
- standards: agreed upon methodology: ie 802.11
- journals: research results presented in a periodical/magazine. Peer reviewed.
- trade literature: discipline-specific magazines. Not Peer Reviewed.
- conference proceedings: research results presented at a meeting. Often peer reviewed, but not always.
- technical report: description of a solution to a specific problem. Not peer reviewed.
- reference: encyclopedias, tables, data collections, properties
- manuals: lab methods, programming languages, operating systems
- monographs: general topics
- technical specifications: how a device or component works, ie circuit diagrams
- If you’re not sure how to get started on your project, come to Steacie.
My topic: cars that drive, navigate and park themselves!
- intelligent vehicles & automated highways
Plan B: Ground penetrating radar for a Mars mission.
Keywords for searching on these topics, try restricting to Steacie Stacks only:
- General Design
- Title search on Design
- industrial and design
- engineering design
- Key Book: How products are made : an illustrated guide to product manufacturing – TS 146 H67 — ref section
- General Engineering keywords:
- transportation engineering
- civil engineering
- electrical engineering
- mechanical engineering
- industrial engineering
- aerospace engineering
- Try a search on “materials and ” some other keyword
- Key book: Handbook of materials selection — TA 403.4 H368 ref section
- Key book: Encyclopedia of materials : science and technology — TA 402 E53 2001 Ref section
- human factors
- human engineering
- Key book: The measure of man and woman : human factors in design – TA 166 M342 2002 — ref section
- Key book: International encyclopedia of ergonomics and human factors – TA 166 I556 2001 — ref section
- Health and Safety
- Try searching on “health and safety” limited to Steacie
- safety and engineering
- industrial safety
- fire and (prevention or safety)
- accidents and (prevention or safety)
- Environmental Factors
- environmental impact assessment (most books in Scott Library)
- environmental engineering
- Engineering Failure
- forensic engineering
- building failures
- system failures
- materials defects
- technology and risk assessment
- reliability and engineering
- emergency management
What kinds of documents do engineers use?
- A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a government to an inven tor or applicant for a limited amount of time. (Wikipedia)
- Google Patent Search — beware it’s beta!
- Esp@cenet — European patent office, good overall search, international coverage, full text
- USPTO with search here. (Steacie patent page)
- Canadian Patents Database
- Helps get up to speed on a topic
- Do a search in The York Catalogue:
- by title: Photovoltaic solar energy generation
- by author: Goetzberger A
- by journal title: Scientific American
- by subject:
- vehicle and navigation
- intelligent vehicle
- automotive and sensors
- intelligent and transportation
- Google Books Search — can be helpful in finding books for more obscure topics or books that have significant sections that are useful.
- Some helpful books for this assignment:
- Wiley Encyclopedia of EEE — TK 9 W55 1999 ref section
There are a couple of ebooks packages that are relevant to engineering
- Books 24×7 Engineering Pro — massive engineering ebook database, something for every project
- Safari — nearly 200 technology ebooks on software, operating systems, programming languages
- Synthesis — more advanced ebooks on topics like biomedical engineering, antennas, image processing
- SPIE Digital Library — ebooks and ejournals in optical engineering, photonics, sensors and related fields
- Knovel eBooks – reference & tabular information, good for calculations. Many of the tables & formulas are interactive
- Journal & conference articles give cutting edge, peer reviewed information on most topics
- Some searches:
- automated highways
- intelligent vehicle
- automatic car sensor
- car navigation gps
- car sensor navigation
- car sensor collision
- car sensor parking
- automobile navigation automatic
- IEEE Xplore — general engineering full text database
- AIAA Electronic Library — technical articles on space engineering
- Scholars Portal journals — good general source for mostly full text articles. Choose Technology Option
- SPIE Digital Library — ebooks and ejournal in optical engineering, photonics, sensors and related fields
- ABI/Inform and Business Source Premier — business databases, mostly full text. Both have terrific coverage of scitech issues
- NASA Technical Reports Server — great resource on NASA missions, not everything is available in full text
- Science.gov — search portal for the US Government
- Engineering Village (with Inspec & Compendex): advanced article search engine
- Canadian Newsstand & Lexis Nexis Academic– full text of many Canadian & international newspapers, good for consumer news or current case studies.
- A standard is a set of language or protocol rules serving as a rallying point, as a base for
independent agents to communicate together without a specific and a priori agreement. (W3C)
- Wikipedia definition of Standardization
- Some standards organizations offer their standards for free, others require payment
- IEEE standards for electronics — great resource, lots of standards for anything to do with electricity
- International Telecommunications Union standards
- Many other standards organizations listed here.
- Wikipedia: a treasure trove of technical information, created by a commuity. Not edited or reviewed, so may not be complete or accurate. Tech topics tend to be pretty good.
- Using Google and Google Scholar as a scholarly research tool:
- example: wireless cellphone antennas
- strategy: find good portal sites
- Strategy: Scholar is still in beta so it’s still incomplete
- strategy: make sure you know exactly who produced the content and why
- strategy: good source of product specs
Office: Steacie 102L
Steacie also has a page on Facebook — become a fan!