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Background info and FREE Citation Management Software
- Try this: Coolest thing ever Firefox extension call Libx
- a cool way to search Scholarsportal article database
- 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
- For off campus use, get the York group code here.
- FAQ and Instructions for various databases
- RefWorks Tutorial
- For bibliographies: various style guides and the Landmark Citation Machine and NCSU Citation Builder.
- Scientific publication cycle
- Academic Integrity & Plagiarism web site and Quiz.
Logging in from home
- Need to use Passport York or bar code number & PIN from library card to authenticate as a York user
- Information here on logging in
- Remember: Use the library web page or this blog post for the link as it will prompt for login
- 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 Not Peer Reviewed.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 Not peer reviewed.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: Let’s compete with Google on intelligent vehicles!
- Plan B: ground penetrating radar for Mars mission…or for finding landmines
- It’s ok to check Wikipedia to help formulate search strategies!
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 inventor or applicant for a limited amount of time. (Wikipedia)
- USPTO with search here. (Steacie patent page)
- Esp@cenet– European patent office. Good international coverage, easily accessed full text
- 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 keyword:
- ground penetrating radar
- ground penetrating radar and metal and detection
- ground penetrating radar and (landmine or land mine)
- signal processing and music
- signal processing and audio
- sound and engineering
- music and (technology or data processing)
- Try Google Books Searchwith the Libx extension
- music signal processing
- mono stereo conversion signal processing
- Some other helpful books:
- Wiley Encyclopedia of EEE — TK 9 W55 1999 ref section
There are a couple of ebooks packages that are relevant to engineering
- ground penetrating radar
- landmine and detection and radar
- “ground penetrating radar”
- Safari — nearly 200 technology ebooks on software, operating systems, programming languages
- Synthesis — more advanced ebooks on topics like biomedical engineering, antennas, image processing
- Books24x7 — EngineeringPro & ITPro
- Scolars Portal eBooks — a great big pile of ebooks
- Knovel — reference/property data. Also has live equations and interative graphs
- SPIE Digital Library — has all the SPIE books, proceedings and journals in full text
- Journal & conference articles give cutting edge, peer reviewed information on most topics
- Some searches:
- ground penetrating radar and antenna
- landmine and detection and radar
- mono and stereo and conversion
- audio and conversion
- signal processing and (sound or audio) and mono and stereo
- Scholars Portal Journals: good mix of advanced articles with full text
- Engineering Village (with Inspec & Compendex): advanced article search engine
- IEEE Xplore — general engineering full text database
- SPIE Digital Library – lots of engineering content, optics, sensors, etc.
- AIAA – full text articles in space engineering
- check “Search My Publications & Papers” to make sure you only get what we subscribe to
- NASA Technical Reports Server — great resource on NASA missions, not everything is available in full text
- Science.gov — search portal for the US Government
- Web of Science & Scopus — good general science & engineering with links to full text
- Expanded Academic and Research Library- good general source, mostly full text
- GeoRef – good for geomatics
- ABI/Inform and Business Source Premier — business databases, mostly full
text. Both have terrific coverage of scitech issues from a business perspective
- 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 Scholaras 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
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