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ENGN 4000 Research Session

Fun Stuff!

Background info and FREE Citation Management Software

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General Information

  • 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 Not Peer Reviewed.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 Not peer reviewed.
    • books
      • 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!

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ENGN 1000 Engineering Design Research Session


FREE Citation Management Software

  • 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


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