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JYW: Writing in Engineering

Finding Information

Types of Information in Library Databases



- use Discovery search box or the 5 College catalog to find books owned by the Five Colleges at 

- use encyclopedias listed below in the box titled "Science Encyclopedias - Gathering Background Information."

News and Trade Magazine articles help you build your knowledge of a topic, and get a sense of how information is communicated to the public.

Academic, Scholarly Research - UMass Libraries databases for academic, peer-reviewed journal articles covering Engineering and Science


Patents and Trademarks Guide

Choosing a Topic

Encyclopedias - Gathering Background Information


Encyclopedias are a great resource for gathering background information.  They act as good primers and are more authorative than Wikipedia.