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Tips and Tricks

Quotations, quotations, quotations! These are invaluable for specificity in searching.

Follow the little blue box. The "Discover Full-Text" link should connect you to the complete document, either in the same database or within a different database subscribed to by the University-- let the links lead you!

Can't locate the full text of a document? Try running a Google search of the title. It's not a foolproof solution, but can come in handy!

Overwhelmed by the number of results? Look around!  Database results pages often provide tools to narrow down your results. Common options include sorting by publication date, document type, and geographic area, among others.

Citation Smarts

Accurate citation of resources is critical to a successful research paper. NoodleBib guides you through the process of creating citations in the relevant style format (in this case, APA) with straightforward instructions and a user-friendly interface. Don't hesitate to ask your librarian for assistance!

Recommended Databases

To locate additional databases, go to the University Library's "Databases by Subject" page, then select "Engineering" from the Science and Technology column. This will bring up a list of relevant databases in VuFind (the online catalog). Once you select a database of interest, follow the "Online Access" link.

Specialized Journals

To locate additional journals, go to the subject section of the University Library's "Find Online Journals and Databases" page. From there, select "Engineering," then choose the sub-category that best fits your needs.