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BIOE 435: Literature Review

This LibGuide is intended for students who have been assigned into a BIOE 435 Project Group.

Easy Search - Engineering

What function does the Literature Review play?

  • Assessment of the current state of research on a topic
    • Find out: What's been done in the past
    • Find out: What have other people tried to do in this area
    • Identify the successes and failures in a project area
    • You do not want to present at a meeting/conference and have someone tell you that someone else has already done that work
  • Identification of the experts and key organizations/companies in a particular area of work
  • Identification of key questions or issues about a topic that need further work
  • Determination of methodologies used in past work on the same or similar topics

Information Resources Used in a Literature Review

  • Information resources of value
    • Academic/research journals and conference papers
      • Topical searching
      • Citation searches
    • Review articles from academic or popular journals
    • Popular, trade journals
    • Conference and trade show literature
    • Patents
      • Engineering Village
      • Google Patents
      • USPTO
      • ‚ÄčEuropean Patents
    • Standards
      • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
      • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
      • Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE)
      • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
      • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
      • American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE)
      • ‚ÄčInternational Organization for Standardization (ISO)
    • Handbooks
    • Technical reports - governmental, industry

Collaborative Search in the IDEA Lab

  • Design learning or design thinking
    • Simultaneously search multiple resources
    • Display results on multiple high-definition touch screen monitors
    • Uses a version of the Easy Search system
    • Uses voice synthesis for suggestions
    • EBSCO, Scopus, Inspec, and Online Catalog resources
    • Datasets and other relevant databases on Easy Search screen

Subject Guide

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