UWP102E-Writing in the Disciplines:(Engineering)

by Melinda M. Livas – November 22, 2021

This course guide is designed to assist UWP 102E students in using library resources such as article databases, conference proceedings, books, IEEE citation styles and more.

I am available to assist you with your research needs.
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In this Guide:

Your topic should be something that interests you!
If you don’t already have a topic, you can look at popular engineering and science articles to get some ideas. Here are some good sources to help get you started:

General Science:

Engineering:

  • Annual Reviews  Icon
    Annual Reviews provide comprehensive, critical reviews, written by leading scientists across a range of disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences.
BrowZine

BrowZine visually presents the library’s e-journals in a browsable and readable format with seamless synchronization across devices. Includes a My Bookshelf feature which enables users to add their favorite titles and receive notification of newly published articles (including articles in press).  Articles can be saved to My Articles for reading and referencing later.

Wood Mackenzie

Power & Renewable Energy Views.

Peer Review, also known as Refereed. 

Peer-reviewed literature is scholarly/ academic research that is reviewed by one or more experts (i.e. peers) in addition to the editor before being accepted for publication.

Peer-Reviewed vs. Scholarly/ Academic

Not all scholarly literature is peer-reviewed. Scholarly literature is written by experts in the field and is typically published in academic journals. However, the editor reviews the article to decided publication- there is no peer review.

Trade and Professional Publications

Trade and professional literature resembles scholarly literature in that it is written by experts in the field (e.g. specialized journalists or technical writers). Its main purpose is to convey information to other members of the profession or trade.  Articles in trade and professional journals will be more like news stories, reports on research, events, and opinions. Also, they are often published by the professional/trade associations for the field.

Popular, News, or General Interest Publications

Popular literature tends to be written by journalists for magazines and newspapers. Newsweek and New York Times are considered popular literature.


How to Identify Peer-Reviewed Articles:

A selection of databases (many from the Proquest platform)  will  include a checkbox to limit to “Peer Reviewed” articles. For journals retrieved from other databases, use the online Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory to locate your journal and then look for the black symbol indicating the publication is “Refereed.”

  • Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory
    Reports if a journal is peer reviewed or “refereed”. To the left of the journal title, look for a referee icon. Will also tell you journal circulation and publisher.

 

Web of Science Core Collection [via Clarivate Analytics]

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Scholarly journals, books, and proceedings in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Navigate the full citation network.
Compendex [via Elsevier, Engineering Village]

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Compendex is the broadest and most complete engineering literature database available in the world with over 22 million indexed records from 77 countries across 190 engineering disciplines.
IEEE Xplore [via IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)]

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Digital library providing full text access to technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, electronics, and related disciplines from IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, letters, conference proceedings, standards, IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) publications, and select AIP/AVS journals.
Coverage: 1988-present, select journals 1950-present
Tags: Engineering, Single Sign-In, Technology
Scopus [via Elsevier]

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Large interdisciplinary abstract and citation database to academic journal literature, conference proceedings and books with broad coverage across the sciences and social sciences, includes citation tracking tools.
Coverage: full coverage from 1996-present, with selected coverage as far back as 1823
Tags: Art, Biology, Humanities, Multidisciplinary, Science, Social Science
Related links:
AccessEngineering [via McGraw Hill]

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AccessEngineering provides engineering reference information such as handbooks and manuals. Also included are online features, such as instructional, faculty made videos, calculators, interactive tables and charts, as well as personalization tools allowing users to organize crucial project information as they work.
INSPEC [via Elsevier]

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Inspec provides engineering research information on physics, electrical engineering and electronics, computers and control, mechanical, production engineering, information technology and more. Inspec is on the Engineering Village platform and can be searched together with Ei Compendex.
Business Insights: Global

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Detailed company and industry profiles including SWOT reports, market share reports, and financial reports.  Thousands of company histories and industry essays from Gale’s core business collection.  Case studies, scholarly journals, and business news for deep research coverage of global economies.

SciFinder [Registration Required] [via American Chemical Society]

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SciFinder is the most comprehensive bibliographic database for scholarly research in the field of chemistry. It contains over 52 million citations and indexes over 50,000 journals, covering all aspects of chemistry, including chemical aspects of: biology and life sciences, engineering and materials science, food science, geology, medicine, physics, and polymer science. SciFinder also allows searching of chemical substances, chemical reactions, and includes some property data and spectra. Currently available on 2 platforms: SciFinder N and classic SciFinder.
Earthquake Engineering Abstracts [via Proquest]

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Earthquake Engineering Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage on earthquake's effects on buildings and other structures, geological formations and how seismic and tsunamic phenomena relate. Subject coverage includes: geotechnical earthquake engineering, performance-based seismic engineering, disaster planning, earthquake resistant design and analysis, engineering seismology, risk and reliability seismic engineering, soil dynamics, and structural dynamics.

UC Library Search: UCD Library Catalog

UC Library Search, the new Library catalog includes all of the UC library collections.  This setting is specific for the UC Davis libraries including (for the first time) the holdings of the Law Library. If you Sign in (on the top right corner) using your UCD login and Kerberos passphrase, you are prompted with your loan period, can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.

Books is a searchable database of books, but not all the content is available for free. To search for full-text books only:

  1. Go to the Advanced Book Search
  2. Specify your search criteria
  3. Make sure you select Search:  Full View Only

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HathiTrust is a collection of books digitized by US research libraries. You can search the full-text of over 10 million books, but access to some of the content is restricted. To search for full-text books only:

  1. Use theFull-text Search
  2. Enter your search terms
  3. Limit to: Full View Only   (UC Davis is a partner member of HathiTrust. If you would like to download full PDFs of public domain books, you must log in.)

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WORLDCAT CATALOG

OCLC catalog: millions of records for books, journal titles and materials in other formats from approximately 12,000 libraries worldwide.  Coverage: 1000 A.D. to the present.

Professional societies are great sources for information. They sponsor conferences and publish journals, proceedings, and books. They set professional and educational standards and provide job and career services for their members.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers- ASHRAE was formed as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers by the merger in 1959 of American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE) founded in 1894 and The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) founded in 1904.

Aeronautical Engineering      

Automotive Engineering   

Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Chemical Engineering

  • Electrochemical Society Digital LibrarySearchable online access to the various journals, books, and other collections published by The Electrochemical Society. Includes full-text from the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, and the ECS Transactions.

Civil Engineering

Computer Science   

Electrical Engineering   

Materials Science

Mechanical Engineering

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Digital Library: ASME  conducts one of the world’s largest technical publishing operations in the world, offering thousands of titles including some of the profession’s most prestigious journals, conference papers and proceedings, and ASME Press books. The entire collection can be searched via the ASME Digital Collection.

Physics

  • Optics InfoBase:  Optical Society of America’s  digital publications on optics research, including journals and proceedings papers.
  • The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Digital Library:  The SPIE Digital Library is a comprehensive, online tool for locating papers on optics, photonics, optoelectronics, and imaging. Subject coverage is broad across optical technology, including astronomy, aerospace, remote sensing, biomedical optics, communications & fiber optics, electronic & medical imaging, lasers, microelectronics & micromachining, nanotechnology, optical physics, chemistry & biology, and signal & image processing.

 

Citing Your References and Creating a Bibliography

Also see  Citation Guides: This guide describes what a publication citation is and provides information on the most common disciplinary styles — MLA, APA, Chicago, CSE and more.


EndNote@UCDavis 

Using Endnote, citations can be stored, searched, and quickly inserted into research papers in the format of many scholarly journals. Endnote makes identifying and formatting citations for publications a breeze. Check out the Endnote@UCDavis page for more information such as loading software, instructional videos, library endnote workshops, and more.

 

 

 

 

EndNote is citation management software that allows you to store, manage, and format bibliographic citations, and easily change formatting of citations in Word documents.  Available, and free to UC Davis students, faculty & staff (campus has a site license).

  • EndnoteWeb:   Requires online registration, and allows you to store, share, and organize your research content.

    • Web-based; able to access content 24/7.
    • Perfect for sharing citations with a group.

These subject guides created by UCD librarians are intended to provide an introduction to finding information in a variety of engineering subjects.  They include a selective list of reference books, encyclopedias, and handbooks, as well as suggested databases for finding articles.

Engineering : This guide is intended to provide an introduction to finding information in Engineering.  Please see more specific subject guides below for specific engineering disciplines.