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Engineering: ENG1002-2017-Semester 2

This guide provides a selection of resources for research in Engineering and is intended primarily for undergraduates in Engineering.

ENG1002 Library Session materials

During the session we will cover:

Benefits of reading professional literature and aims of session

Group discussion

Learning objective: Summarise the benefits of reading professional literature in the field of engineering to an engineer’s career.

 

Purpose and appropriateness of information sources

Activity  [google form]

 

Editorial process for a range of sources (Wikipedia, textbooks, journals, peer reviewed journals)

Group discussion

Learning objective: Decide what constitutes authority, for example examine the editorial process

 

Flow of information

Learning objective: Reflect on the flow of information, and how information is created and becomes discoverable through a research narrative

 

Timeliness and usefulness sort-o-matic’

Learning objective: Identify the range of information sources and the purpose, scope and appropriateness of a variety of information sources in the field of engineering

 

NSCU library’s ‘Peer review in three minutes’

Learning objective: Decide what constitutes authority, for example examine the editorial process

 

Comparing a magazine article with a journal article

Learning objective: Distinguish between authoritative publications for engineers and publications for general audience.

Activity: Comparing a magazine article with a journal article [Google form]

Journal article: Schröttner, J., & Leitgeb, N. (2008). Sensitivity to electricity temporal changes in Austria. BMC Public Health, 8, 310.

Magazine article: Mark Alpert. (2000). Worrying about Wireless. Scientific American, 283(3), 20.

Evaluating websites using the CRAAP rubric

Learning objective: Evaluate websites and other sources of information for purpose and reliability using the Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose - ‘CRAAP rubric’

Activity - Exhibit A: Website excerpts – Alternative Data Fuels Center [Google form]

Activity - Exhibit B: Website excerpts – CSIRO [Google form]

Activity - Exhibit C: Website excerpts – Article on Growth Energy [Google form]

 

Google Scholar versus Search

Learning objective: Compare the advantages/disadvantages of different information search tools, Google Scholar versus Search.

 

Search feature comparison: Google, Google Scholar and Monash University Library’s Search

Learning objective: Compare the advantages/disadvantages of different information search tools, Google Scholar versus Search.

Additional Resources

(Not covered during library session):

Safety Data

Chemwatch is one of the world's largest supplier of independently researched MSDS (Material safety data sheets) and other related documents.

MSDS Australia Online collection of over 25,000 Australian material safety data sheets. The aim is to provide NOHSC compliant MSDS's to the Australian public to foster the safe use of chemicals and other products.

For more information see Databases by Subject: Occupational health and safety

Search Tips Summary

Identifies 3 publication types and how to find them.

Learning objective: Examine how to locate sources in Google Scholar and Search Chart [PDF]

 

Using GoogleScholar for Tourism

Briefly demonstrates Google Scholar Advanced search form techniques such as searching by file type using tourism examples

Learning objective: Recognise different publication types from sample excerpts and correct citations in IEEE style

 

Recognising different publication types from publication excerpts and IEEE citations

Learning objective: Recognise different publication types from sample excerpts and correct citations in IEEE style

 

Citing and referencing: IEEE

Library guide http://guides.lib.monash.edu/citing-referencing/ieee

 

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