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CUA Engineering104


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What do first year Engineering students need from their librarian? A place to start and a partner in research.

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CUA Engineering104

  1. 1. Research tools you can use! Presented by Kimberly Hoffman - Coordinator, Science Libraries, CUA 202-319-6178 During this meeting we will introduce: Research tools …Research sources …Research strategies! ENGR 104 Fall 2014
  2. 2. Welcome! How many of the 20th century's greatest engineering achievements will you use today? A car? Computer? Telephone? Explore our list of the top 20 achievements and learn how engineering shaped a century and changed the world. Source: Online Book:
  3. 3. 1. Electrification 2. Automobile 3. Airplane 4. Water Supply and Distribution 5. Electronics 6. Radio and Television 7. Agricultural Mechanization 8. Computers 9. Telephone 10. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 11. Highways 12. Spacecraft 13. Internet 14. Imaging 15. Household Appliances 16. Health Technologies 17. Petroleum and Petrochemical Technologies 18. Laser and Fiber Optics 19. Nuclear Technologies 20. High-performance Materials
  4. 4. The Future Engineer 2020 This means you!
  5. 5. The world needs… engineering professionals with both a breadth and depth of knowledge, strong leadership, and a dedication to the public good.
  6. 6. Provide energy from fusion Develop carbon sequestration methods Manage the nitrogen cycle Provide access to clean water Restore and improve urban infrastructure Advance health informatics Engineer better medicines Reverse-engineer the brain Prevent nuclear terror Secure cyberspace Enhance virtual reality Advance personalized learning Engineer the tools of scientific discovery
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  8. 8. HOW? WHY? The importance of scholarly literature
  9. 9. You need to understand your topic ● history and future research needs ● how your work contibutes ● Current information 2010 - present ● Retrospective information 5 years? 10 ? 15 ? ● Use the past to define the future
  10. 10. Information that already exists on a topic ● increased knowledge base ● identifies previously conducted work ● identifies research methods and results ● Quantitative - effectiveness, impact of a new procedure ● Qualitative - studies and research ● Review
  11. 11. Steps in Research Process Discovery tools and sources from the Library... and beyond Access Information Management Evaluation Synthesizing (building knowledge) Use
  12. 12. Discovery - Articles box to search them all?
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  14. 14. Step 1: Key Search Terms Step 2: Searching Online Databases Step 3: Compiling Lists of Possible Sources Step 4: Collection of Abstracts Step 5: Elimination of Irrelevant Literature Step 6: Collection of Articles Step 7: Citation Search for Authors Step 8: Compile List of Cited Sources Step 9: Repeat Steps 4-8
  15. 15. Source: ndouts.pdf
  16. 16. Research Strategies Find books and reference material (eBooks) Finding review articles and research articles; Use Web of Science tools and connections through the citations; Use specific science databases; ASCE, IEEE, ASME Use our WRLC connections for CLS and ILL methods to get books & articles; Use Google Scholar and settings to connect to CUA resources; Use bibliographic citation management tools – EndNote and RefWorks (FLOW)
  17. 17. WRLC Storage Facility MD 2011
  18. 18. Discovery - Articles box to search them all?
  19. 19. Keyword Searching is probably the most common search type, and often is the easiest to feel comfortable doing. This involves specifying words that an electronic database will search for to generate a list of sources that utilize them. Most topics are referenced in several different ways; and a professional Search thesaurus is a great way to find alternate search terms. [INSPEC, PubMed] Citation Searching is looking for any and all literature that references a particular author or publication. Searching for literature that cites a source you are using lets you know where that particular research led others. This is one way of finding out about current research in a particular area. Forward Citation Searching is the tracking down of references cited by relevant sources. This means you get to find, and be familiar with, the literature that led to the sources you’re basing your own hypothesis and methodology on. This type of search is sometimes referred to as the “ancestry approach” or footnote chasing.
  20. 20. triangulation
  21. 21. Discovery - resources & tools Access Manage that information! eMail Reference :
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  23. 23. Overview of citation software at MIT: Managing your references University of Wisconsin-Madison
  24. 24. eMail Reference #cuasciencelib on Twitter CUA Science Libraries on Facebook
  25. 25. Your tasks Your Library account Search using Search Box Find an eBook Search using Web of Science Find this presentation!