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JYW: Writing in Engineering

JYW Engineering

Types of Information

Choosing a Topic

  • Brainstorming:
    - Explore current engineering topics in IEEE Spectrum Magazine or MIT Technology Review

    - Research what your professors are working on (Faculty research pages)
    - Explore topics in a general online encyclopedia such as Access Science
    - Explore a more discilpine specifc topic using the online encyclopedias

    - Browse issues and topics in the resource GreenR
    - Use Google to explore topics

Accessing Information

As you search, make note of the various keywords encountered to describe aspects of your topic.
If you are not finding what you need, put in an InterLibrary Loan Request for the item.
To find information specific to a certain discipline, search the Database by Subject section.
To find a certain type of information, search the Database by Format section.

Scaffolding to What You Need to Know - Encyclopedias are a great resource for gathering background information.  They act as good primers and are more authoritative than Wikipedia.

                                  

Citing Information

  • Use a Citation Manager to collect & organize citations, and create a bibliography.
  • http://refworks.proquest.com
  • Use the Refworks Write-N-Cite plug-in to write your paper, insert references, and create a bibliography at the end of the paper.

What do you know about plagarism and how to avoid it? (WCC Library)

Give Feedback to an Instruction session here

Using a citation manager to keep track of your research information

                             

Refworks is a tool that can be used to keep your citations and create a bibliography in many citation or journal styles.

Login at http://refworks.proquest.com

Refworks Resource Guide http://proquest.libguides.com/newrefworks/welcome

Doing a group project?  Share folders in Refworks to make group work easier.

Use the Refworks Write-N-Cite plug-in to write your paper, insert references, and create a bibliography at the end of the paper.

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