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Below are resources designed to support MEC3203 Assignment 1 and 2 research:

  • Using the ASM Handbooks Online
  • Finding more handbooks
  • Trade magazine articles
  • When to use scholarly journal articles
  • Finding scholarly journal articles
  • Find a full-text link to the article
  • Finding books
  • Finding DVDs
  • Evaluating the quality of information

If you need help, contact the Faculty Librarian, your campus library or Off-Campus Services

to access databases
To access databases:

To access the online databases and the ASM Handbooks online, follow these

instructions:

From the Library’s home page:

Select

Select your discipline from Subject menu

Select required database/resource (eg. ASM Handbooks Online)

Select to enter the database/online resource

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using the asm handbooks online
Using the ASM Handbooks Online

Published by the highly regarded American Society of Metals and used by

engineers all over the world

Remember the instructions that show how to get to the database

Demonstration covering keyword searching and browsing – both are skills

needed to use the database effectively

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finding trade journals
Finding trade journals

Trade journals are an ideal source when you are seeking information about

innovations in practice, government policies that have industry implications,

workshops and conferences to help you stay up-to-date, advertisements for

new products, economic news affecting industry, job advertisements and other

very practical information

The Library’s home page has changed since this search demonstration was

produced but the actual database searching demonstration is up-to-date

Remember the instructions that show you how to get to the database

Save yourself time and stress - prepare before you search

Demonstration: We find articles in trade journals/magazines that discuss the

use of composite polymers

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when to use scholarly academic journal articles
When to use scholarly/academic journal articles

Academic/scholarly journals are used by engineers to communicate with each

other

Engineers who lead the profession in innovative practice or research are

particularly important contributors

As a result, their use can help you stay at the forefront of the profession –

helping your practice remain relevant, innovative and cost effective

Great source of information about the development of engineering as a

profession, both historically and contemporarily

Many academic journals are peer reviewed

To find scholarly/academic journal articles

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finding scholarly academic journal articles
Finding scholarly/academic journal articles

Remember the instructions that show you how to get to the database

Save yourself time and stress - prepare before you search

Demonstration: We find academic/scholarly journal articles dealing with

fatigue in aluminium welds (the actual search is up-to-date)

Other good databases for Assignments 1 and 2 are:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Journals
  • ScienceDirect
  • Compendex– has a small number of full-text links in Compendex but you will find some of the articles in full-text elsewhere – here’s how

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prepare before you search
Prepare before you search

Taking some time to prepare before you search pays off with less stress and

better search results

Consider these seven search principles:

  • Analyse your information needs so you know exactly what you are looking for
  • Choose the most appropriate source/database
  • Identify the search terms (keywords) and write them down
  • Familiarise yourself with the search screen
  • Use the search option that lets you break down your search strategy
  • Scan the abstracts or full-text for additional search terms
  • Review your search results to ensure that all of your information needs are met

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